Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger Than Fiction

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by Bad Religion
     
 

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 See more details below

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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:
09/06/1994
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678265822
catalogNumber:
82658
Rank:
43321

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Performance Credits

Bad Religion   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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