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Stranger Than Fiction

Bad Religion Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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1. Incomplete
2. Leave Mine To Me
3. Stranger Than Fiction
4. Tiny Voices
5. The Handshake
6. Better Off Dead
7. Infected
8. Television
9. Individual
10. Hooray For Me
11. Slumber
12. Marked
13. Inner Logic
14. What It Is
15. 21st Century (Digital Boy)

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Bad Religion, one of the last bands you'd expect to join the ranks of major-label rockers, makes the leap from its own Epitaph Records to Atlantic for its eighth album, Stranger Than Fiction. The quintet doesn't compromise its integrity or its aesthetics, delivering its familiar Ramones-style pop songs at crash-and-burn tempos and continuing to rail against business as usual in corporate America. (The band's social critiques have always been a cut above the average hardcore punk's, as befits a group led by a vocalist pursuing his PhD at Cornell.) Especially effective is the opening track, "Incomplete," which features guest guitar by Wayne Kramer of the MC5. --Jim DeRogatis

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stranger Than Fiction March 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
Stranger Than Fiction is a particularly famous album in Bad Religion's history because it was the frist to be on Atlantic rather than Epitaph. Some called it "selling-out" but what about the music; isn't that what is important?
It is important to mention that Bad Religion has two writers, each with a different style. Greg Graffin, the singer, writes more literal commentary on society(Tiny Voices/The Handshake/Inner Logic). Brett Gurewitz, one of the guitarists, writes songs about more personal subjects and is a fan of metaphor(Incomplete/Infected/Marked). Of course there are exceptions, even on this album
1.Incomplete(Gurewitz)-A good, but not fantastic song. Has kind of a janky guitar solo. 2/3
2.Leave Mine to Me(Graffin)-Getting better now. The lyrics are quite good and musically it strays from traditional verse/chorus scheme. 3/3
3.Stranger Than Fiction(Gurewitz)-Faster with more melodic vocals. The lyrics contain many famous literary references 3/3
4.Tiny Voices(Graffin)-Quality back vocals and this is when one begins to need a dictionary 2/3
5.The Handshake(Graffin)-Thought-provoking lyrics with a solid pace 2.5/3
6.Better Off Dead(Gurewitz)-One of the best songs on the CD. 3/3
7.Infected(Gurewitz)-Different sound and pace than the rest of the CD. Catchy chorus. 3/3
8.Television(Gurewitz and Johnette Napolitano)-The lame lyrics and guest vocals turns this song Rancid. 1/3
9.Individual(Graffin)-Great lyrics. Absent of chorus, but it works well. 3/3
10.Hooray for Me...(Gurewitz)-A song based on Brett Gurewitz's life. Good, but not great. 2/3
11.Slumber(Graffin)-Slower, softer song, with a mid-tempo chorus. Interesting departure from normal lyrics 3/3
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greats Oct. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is one of the the greatest punk bands EVER!!! if you ask me. this album is packed with fast beats furious guitar playing and incredible musicianship. for a style of music that is supposed to be more focused on emotion and substance than musical talent, this band is extremely talented musically. magnificently melodious and still punk a rockin, this album stands as one of the best records i have ever heard. i just listened to it last night and i still get blown away.
Greg Graffin, who holds a PH d @ Cornell, has much to say. he also brings this band many steps ahead of the pack because he has quite the vocabulary and uses it to fuel his message. you might need a dictionary while listening to this band.
Brett Gurewitz IS truly a lyrical genius as well as a mindblowing guitar player but i cannot forget the band as a whole. one of the tightest rhythm sections ever. the music is definitely poppy so you can hum in but its played with a punk fury and such intense crash and burn tempos lit with a punk fire but its not just the music thats great. this band adds vocal harmonies (kind of like the beatles) on top of its musical harmonies to really floor the listener. the cd is a no brainer and i always listen to this cd from beginning to end. there is not one bad song. besides, even if you dont like one song it really does not matter. the whole cd clocks in at under forty minutes. i dont think one song goes over three or four minutes. most are between one and two minutes long.
you may have heard 20TH CENTURY DIGITAL BOY for that was the single released when this album came out but the best song is INFECTED. Bad Religion stand light years ahead of the pack by rallying against society's ills with a sharp toungue, quick wit with an awesome musical backdrop and never feels too preachy. the songs are catchy and high energy and you may have them stuck in yr head for days after but its all good here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last great BR album. Aug. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the final record with the most creative line-up of Bad Religion. Greg Graffin, Greg Hetson, Jay Bentley, Brett Gurewitz, and Bobby Schayer. Brett left soon after it was released, and the line-up will never be the same again after what happened to Bobby. This album is dark, but not dark like GENERATOR and not dark like RECIPE FOR HATE, they can constantly change their style and that is what is so great about this band. This was their most commercialy successful album, with singles for "Incomplete", "Stranger Than Fiction", & "Infected". I don't think the band could ever return to form to make something as exciting as this, but then again I could be wrong. This album is about as flawless as I have heard in a long time and I recommend that you listen to this.
1. Incomplete (10/10)
2. Leave Mine To Me (10/10)
3. Stranger Than Fiction (10/10)
4. Tiny Voices (10/10)
5. The Handshake (10/10)
6. Better Off Dead (10/10) I feel this is the album's strongest track, it isn't that well known though.
7. Infected (10/10)
8. Television (2/10/) The weekest Bad Religion song ever, it features Tim Armstrong of Rancid fame.
9. Individual (10/10)
10. Hooray For Me (10/10)
11. Slumber (10/10)
12. Marked (10/10)
13. Inner Logic (10/10)
14. What It Is (10/10)
15. 21st Century (Digital Boy) (7/10) I loved the original version off of ATG but this version is just week and lacks the intensity of the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a high quality release from BR
In my eyes, bad religion can do just about no wrong, and stranger than fiction is no exception to this rule. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Dark lord of all that is itchy
1.0 out of 5 stars A monotone diatribe
Punk rock is supposed to be all about raw, snearing aggression and railing against society, big business, government, authority, and well... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by PenaltyShot
2.0 out of 5 stars no cigar
a couple of great songs, the rest... complete tripe i'm afraid to say.
Published on Dec 4 2003 by mark twain
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by tony
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Bad Religion is embodied in this album....
This is the best of the Bad Religion catalog. It contains the high energy meets teenage angst that Gaffin and company thrive on. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003 by Surface to Air Missle
I hate punk i cant stand it. THEN why is it that i love this cd to death. This is my first Bad Religion CD and i am going to collect them all. But am i punk-fan? No. Read more
Published on July 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars a breakthrough
This is probably Bad Religion's best album. It just blew me away. Much more mature sound than their previous albums, especially on tracks like "Tiny Voices" and... Read more
Published on July 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
I have never heard a band graeter then bad religion their music is sheerly perfect. It is the essence of punk.IT is simple and melodic yet refined. Read more
Published on June 25 2003 by "spazz_out69"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the greatest
This CD has some good songs, but only a few of them are catchy. I especially like Stranger Than Fiction and 21st Century.
Published on May 29 2003 by WarOnErrorism
This was my first Bad Religion cd. I was completely amazed by it. I am now a huge Bad Religion fan and I think that they made punk what it is now. Read more
Published on April 26 2003
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