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  • Audio CD (Sept. 13 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J11
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 63 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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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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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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Anyone who likes this album is 1) 15 years old, 2) started liking punk after green day, 3) assuming they've heard the earlier BR albums not a fan of punk music. Bad religion is one of the world most enigmatic pop bands these days. They hold this growl, the punk, no future sneer. Graffin rumbles through choruses of individualism, moralism, and death to the plasticene american outlook and way of life. Meanwhile they fit the mold they rebel against, becoming to music (especailly guitar based music) what fast food does to cuisine. It's the lowest common denominator, the kind of music that the masses want to hear, which is a great concept until you realize that it wasn't always this way, and it only became this way after green day made it possible to make a buck. They have become what they hated so long ago, back in LA, back in the clubs, across the country into New York and Boston. There is still punk..... but it's not on epitaph, and fans of this new bad religion will one day take their places along side the fans of other pop icons, Britney, Back Street Boys, etc.... These are your present company, America Inc.
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Let's face it, folks--punk rock has gotten stupid. I mean straight up, down and out stupid, and this album is no exception. If you read the lyrics to the songs, you'll get the standard flow of I-don't-want-to-grow-up anti-establishment rhetoric that's come to be the signature of the genre. If you absolutely can't tolerate that sort of thing, then Bad Religion isn't for you.
This album is not meant to be enjoyed on a philosophical level, however, and as an exercise in pure brute music, I must admit that it's very effective. While the subject and message may not be notably original, the songs are catchy, quick, and to the point, all of which helps this album toward success. To tell you the truth, I'd be hard pressed to tell you just what it is that I like about Stranger Than Fiction except to say that I do like IT. I don't like the writing (music is an extention of poetry--songs like Inner Logic and Television read more like juvenile anarchist diatribe), I don't find any of the performers to be exceptional, and I'm not particularly involved in the genre, but I do like this music, and I think that the same fact will hold true for many listeners, especially those who might be put off by the more "hard core" (read as "untalented") punk bands. All things considered, it's an excellent piece of work that I would recommend for any person's collection.
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This is one of the most consistently excellent Bad Religion albums, absolutely full of the fast, melodic and anthemic hooks that have set them apart from the rest over the years. From the opening 'Incomplete' to the last song, the classic '21st Century Digital Boy', this album maintains an exceptional standard. You probably know to expect perfect, soaring harmonies, gloriously precise and distinguished lead vocals, and tight playing from Bad Religion, and that's what you get, from the first song to the last. The choruses will ring in your head, the vivid and typically sober lyrics will sink in more and more on every listen, and you'll always come back to it. It's hard to choose the best songs because there isn't a single bad one on this album, but 'Tiny Voices' and the amazing 'Marked' are two of the more memorable. I've been listening to this for weeks and I can't think of any real bad points. I've always liked Bad Religion a lot more when they are at their fastest; they are one of the best at making fast music memorable, tuneful and striking. If you like Bad Religion you need this album.
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