God of Love (album)

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God of Love
God of Love (Bad Brains album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Bad Brains
Released May 23, 1995
Genre Hardcore punk, reggae, alternative metal
Length 47:50
Label Maverick
Producer Ric Ocasek
Bad Brains chronology
God of Love
Black Dots
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Spin 7/10 stars[3]

God of Love is the sixth full-length studio album by the hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains. It is the band's first album since 1989 with its original lineup. It was released in 1995 on Maverick Records, after the band was signed to the label by Madonna.[citation needed]

The release contains more reggae than any other Bad Brains album, although the heavy title track received video airplay on MTV.

Backed by huge promotion from the label and an opening slot on the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication tour, the band fell apart as the volatile singer, H.R., was arrested in several instances involving beating a skinhead, a security guard, and the band's manager in separate incidents throughout the tour. The band missed a performance at Madison Square Garden with Beastie Boys due to H.R.'s behavior, leading to yet another breakup. The band later reunited in 1997.[citation needed]

This album was re-released on Record Store Day, April 16, 2011, as only 2,000 copies along with a 7".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cool Mountaineer"
  2. "Justice Keepers"
  3. "Long Time"
  4. "Rights of a Child"
  5. "God of Love"
  6. "Over the Water"
  7. "Tongue Tee Tie"
  8. "Darling I Need You"
  9. "To the Heavens"
  10. "Thank Jah"
  11. "Big Fun"
  12. "How I Love Thee"


Bad Brains
  • Christopher Shaw – engineer
  • Ric Ocasek – producer


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "God of Love". AllMusic. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (February 2, 1998). "God of Love | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Spin (6/95, p. 102) - 7 - Flawed Yet Worthy - "...achieve...successful quasi-fusions--a look at the temporal and social aspects of dating that rolls magnetically off the dancehall tongue...a jam that moves from initial understatement into a picturesque groove...and a truly climactic fuzz hymn..."
  4. ^ "Credits for God of Love". Artistdirect. Retrieved August 26, 2007. 

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