Immediately controversial when it was released in 1999, Ignorance is Bliss caused a schism among Face to Face fans who were unprepared for the band’s change of direction. Known for their snappy SoCal pop-punk sound, the band had entered the studio (with me as co-producer, engineer and mixer) intent on breaking out of that narrow niche. We labored together at length (and at great expense to the band members themselves) to meticulously craft a bold, densely-layered, creatively produced hard rock album. The backlash from fans was severe.
Over time, though, Ignorance is Bliss gained a devoted following as fans gradually rediscovered its artistic strengths. To this day, a subset of Face to Face fans holds the album up as their very favorite. Although it remains controversial, it has earned its status as a classic in their catalogue.
The vinyl reissue is available in three limited edition colorways direct from Antagonist, while stocks last.