God of Love

Bad Brains

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God of Love Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

For God of Love, Bad Brains' first album for Madonna's label Maverick, the original lineup of the group reunited. Presumably, this was for the reported multi-million dollar record contracted -- which was offered after the success of Green Day and the Beastie Boys -- and not because the band had any great love for each other; during the supporting tour, HR slugged their manager and left the group, only to return within a week. Ric Ocasek, the producer of their breakthrough Rock for Light, also returned to produce the record. However, just because all the original participants returned, it didn't mean the sound or the inspiration returned. God of Love was flat and unenergetic. It failed to have an impact and faded from view soon after its release.

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