Stranger Than Fiction

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
It seems that Bad Religion's eighth LP is a rare case of selling out in reverse. Having signed to the big bad major wolf "what big teeth you have, Grandma Atlantic", the bandmembers seem too intent on showing their fans they're not going wimpy, so they turn their back on the advances of Generator and Recipe for Hate in order to bring back the naked aggression. Stranger Than Fiction is back to the go-for-the-jugular stuff, pretending that the wonderful modifications and variety of their recent work never existed -- thus the qualms about this LP. It feels too regressive, a sort of pandering. That said, if they are going to go backwards, I for one am going with them -- there is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
It seems that Bad Religion's eighth LP is a rare case of selling out in reverse. Having signed to the big bad major wolf "what big teeth you have, Grandma Atlantic", the bandmembers seem too intent on showing their fans they're not going wimpy, so they turn their back on the advances of Generator and Recipe for Hate in order to bring back the naked aggression. Stranger Than Fiction is back to the go-for-the-jugular stuff, pretending that the wonderful modifications and variety of their recent work never existed -- thus the qualms about this LP. It feels too regressive, a sort of pandering. That said, if they are going to go backwards, I for one am going with them -- there is still no one better at this stuff. The opening "Incomplete" features some of the most intense verse singing by the ever-soaring Greg Graffin, behind a muscular, punishing sound helped by guest guitar from the MC5's Wayne Kramer. Almost as storming in the same vein are philosophical songs such as "Leave Mine to Me," "Individual," "Tiny Voices," and the powerhouse "Marked," all uptempo barnburners, pulverizing in their rapid passion. The biggest gratification, though, is that a few songs do seem more in line with the maturity of the previous two LPs. "Handshake" is the album's summit, thanks to an oven-hot chorus and an outro-coda that has to rank among their ten best moments. "Slumber" is a slower show-stopper, with a pleading barrage of harmony vocals, while the title track builds on Generator's "Atomic Garden" with an unusual Beatles/Jam singsong melody. On the negative side, "Infected" into "Television" are the two least effective songs of their 15 years, the former a third-rate "Sanity," the latter bereft of hooks. In any case, it is not to be missed and it will haunt you in your sleep.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/1994
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678265822
  • Catalog Number: 82658
  • Sales rank: 16,525

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Incomplete (2:28)
  2. 2 Leave Mine to Me (2:07)
  3. 3 Stranger Than Fiction (2:20)
  4. 4 Tiny Voices (2:36)
  5. 5 The Handshake (2:50)
  6. 6 Better off Dead (2:39)
  7. 7 Infected (4:08)
  8. 8 Television (2:03)
  9. 9 Individual (1:58)
  10. 10 Hooray for Me... (2:50)
  11. 11 Slumber (2:39)
  12. 12 Marked (1:48)
  13. 13 Inner Logic (2:58)
  14. 14 What It Is (2:08)
  15. 15 21st Century (Digital Boy) (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bad Religion Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Wayne Kramer Guitar
Tim Armstrong Animal Sounds
Jay Bentley Bass
Brett Gurewitz Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Greg Graffin Voices
Greg Hetson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Schayer Drums
Andy Wallace Hammond Organ
Jay Bently Bass
Greg Craffin Vocals
Technical Credits
Bad Religion Producer
Tim Armstrong Contributor
Jay Bentley Producer
Brett Gurewitz Producer
Greg Graffin Producer
Greg Hetson Producer
Bobby Schayer Producer
Andy Wallace Producer
Norman Moore Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU'LL LAUGH OUT LOUD

    YA a good CD, maybe not my fav. cause nothing compares to AFI(sing the sorrows)but easily my 2nd fav. ya great CD, Especially the handshake song. MAkes me laugh everytime, ya the others songs are good, ya good buy. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must have,BUY ME!

    The CD has been taken out of the cover one time and that was to transfer it to the Disc Changer,Maybe I should dust it off one of these days.:p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best CD Ever!!!!!

    This is a must have for your CD collection. This is thier best CD yet. Every single song is on there is wonderful. I've listened to it day and night for the past three years.

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