Long after Crass and before the Stratford Mercenaries, Steve Ignorant got together with the fellows from Thatcher on Acid and created a fine band called Schwartzeneggar, which never toured the U.S. but released two fine, well-received records. Ignorant hadn't done anything musically since he was in Crass during the '80s. After that, he had been working on political puppet shows for a while. Schwartzeneggar finds his voice still filled with bile and his lyrics outraged and thought-provoking as always. The keyboards work fine. Scwartzeneggar came along with a punk rock sound featuring keyboards, just as Conflict did on one of its comeback records that came out around the same time. This record would surely be the choice of intelligent, literate anarchists, who are Ignorant's main fan base. Undoubtedly, it went over bigger in Europe than it did in America. Ignorant's former band, Crass, never toured America either. The Way Things Are... is a well-crafted album from one of punk's most eloquent spokesmen.
AllMusic Review by Adam Bregman