Riff: Bad Religion – “Crisis Time”

Jan 21, 2013

When the wheel of fortune turns progressively depraved/It’s the manifestation of a biospheric decay

from Crisis Time lyrics by Bad Religion

“Crisis” will likely not get its due, even with BR fans. The signature harmonies soar with the “Summer Breeze” style chords, and the main riff purges any need for a guitar-solo crutch. Graffin’s punk-wisdom shines atop the mix to remind: even in social-justice angst, “don’t let reason trump emotion.”

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

What's a RIFF, you say?

  • 300 characters or less of pure SONG REVIEW bliss,
  • Written by MUSIC LOVERS; Read by EVERYONE,
  • Plugging your favorite LYRIC!

More Riffs

How to Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember”

Panda Bear – “Marijuana Makes My Day”

Skrillex – “Coast is Clear”

Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo – “Hero”

Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker”

Aloe Blacc – “Ticking Bomb”

Aloe Blacc – “Wanna Be With You”

Aloe Blacc – “Red Velvet Seat”

Aloe Blacc – “Eyes of A Child”

Aloe Blacc – “Solider in the City”