Build A Nation

Bad Brains were black D.C.-area punks with Rasta leanings who energized Eighties hardcore kids with a series of beautifully messy albums. This reunion disc, with fan Adam Yauch producing, explodes and skanks like their classic records, setting pulverizing near-metal like the fifty-six-second "Pure Love" alongside thoroughly stoned reggae like "Natty Dreadlocks 'Pon the Mountain Top." It lacks the messiness that made them so beautiful in the first place, but be glad they're still punching.