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Stranger Than Fiction
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|2. Leave Mine To Me|
|3. Stranger Than Fiction|
|4. Tiny Voices|
|5. The Handshake|
|6. Better Off Dead|
|10. Hooray For Me|
|13. Inner Logic|
|14. What It Is|
|15. 21st Century (Digital Boy)|
Certified Gold by the RIAA (3/98).
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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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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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.
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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In my eyes, bad religion can do just about no wrong, and stranger than fiction is no exception to this rule. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by M Butler
Punk rock is supposed to be all about raw, snearing aggression and railing against society, big business, government, authority, and well... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by PenaltyShot
a couple of great songs, the rest... complete tripe i'm afraid to say.Published on Dec 4 2003 by mark twain
ALL THE REVIEWS LISTED SAY WHAT GREAT CD THIS IS. ARE THESE PEOPLE DEAF OR TO YOUNG TO HAVE HEARD THE EARLIER ALBUMS WHICH WHEN THEY DO WILL AGREE THAT THE BOYS ARE PAST IT, DONT... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003 by tony
This is the best of the Bad Religion catalog. It contains the high energy meets teenage angst that Gaffin and company thrive on. Read morePublished 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 morePublished on July 25 2003
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 morePublished on July 16 2003
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 morePublished on June 25 2003