Or so the clerk at Tower Records warned me as I purchased the Todd-produced "The New America." I assured him I was purchasing it because of the producer, and would not be returning it. But, as it turns out, it is a fine recording on its own. A keeper.
I have not listened to Bad Religion before, so I can't speak from the viewpoint of a BR fan, but I'd say that fans of hard driving guitar rock will like it. It reminds me a bit of TPOH in execution, though the lyrics are a bit more sophisticated. I also hear tastes of Metallica and New York Dolls. And the vocal harmonies (Todd's credited as providing "Oozin' Aahs") are quite luscious.
My favorite track is "I Love My Computer," a perfect companion piece to "I Hate My Frickin' ISP." I wonder if it was Todd's idea to include the "Alert" female voice present in the Mac OS?
The title track is also quite tasty, but there really isn't any track that I don't like. I've probably listened to the CD more than 5 times in the last couple of days, and I think it will stay in regular rotation for a few days to come.