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Review by J7

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The greatest degree of meaning in the track Dogma can be found in the true dictionary definition of the word: “A set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.” The earliest recording of Dogma was in 1990, under the alternate title Same Strange Dogma, and contained different lyrics than the ones that would by featured on Portrait of an American Family. Most of the lyrics in Same Strange Dogma were scrapped for Dogma in lieu of the catchier and perhaps more meaningful lyrics, “Good is the thing that you favor, Evil is your sour flavor” and “You cannot sedate, all the things you hate/rape” which became the words that would be printed on the disk to Portrait of an American Family. As the title suggests, Dogma addresses religion; not really religions themselves, but rather the way humans use it to justify their fears and hatred. The lyrics are written in a straightforward and easily understandable manner, but what makes them so great and thought provoking is that they could apply to almost any period in human history, even the present. The instrumentals are a brazen assault of heavy guitar riffs, and probably the oddest, yet most practical voice sampling on the album. In a sense the song is a “sleeping classic.” No one really talks about Dogma, but it is a fantastic song.