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Stranger Than Fiction

Bad ReligionAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 6, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J11
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Certified Gold by the RIAA (3/98).

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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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk with a thesaurus June 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In a nutshell: Bad Religion rock, and they rock HARD. And Stranger than Fiction, despite being their "sellout" album (their first on a major label), which soured many long-term fans (as such moves inevitably do), is surely their most balanced, most accomplished, all-around best effort.
A friend of mine described Bad Religion as "punk with a thesaurus." And that's accurate, to a certain extent: how many other punk bands have a vocabularly which includes "sallow," "dichotomy," and "sagacious," or lyrical nuggets like "languid wills and torpid minds" or "poignant morose wonder"?
Nonetheless, this is by no means dispassionate intellectualism. Bad Religion may have a penchant for five dollar words, but there is powerful emotion behind them. Anger, yes, of course, is dominant: there aren't many tranquil punks. But, as Bad Religion chronicle and judge the follies of mankind, they convey a wide range of feeling: pity, sympathy, scorn, remorse, and equal parts hope and resignation, all backed with dark and ironic humor.
Sadly, this was Brett Gurewitz's last album with the band as a full-time member. The best songs here are his work: the title track (If I could fly/High above the world/Would I see a bunch of living dots/Spell the word "Stupidity"?), "Incomplete," "Better Off Dead," "Infected," "Hooray for Me...," "21st Century (Digital Boy)" -- all Gurewitz compositions, all insightful, funny, blistering, without drifting into joyless polemic as Greg Graffin has been known to do.
Final advice: crank up the volume, and play frequently.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Old Gracefully January 5, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
To those that slag all post-Against The Grain BR albums, I say . . ARE YE DAFT??? This is probably firmly in second place on my list, behind the aforementioned ATG. *GASP* go all the "fans" who rail against the newer stuff . .
Why? Well, why not? This album has two things going for it. The first is a staple of this band, and that is a slew of fast songs that feature an abundance of that quality often neglected in punk -- melody! "Leave Mine to Me," "Better off Dead," and "Stranger Than Fiction" offer instantly memorable hooks that would work in pretty much any style of music. The harmonies in "Better off Dead" rival anything these guys have done.
The second endearing quality is likely a shocker for anyone used to hearing the same jackrabbit tempos and punk song structures from Bad Religion. Yes, they actually shake things up a bit by throwing a (kinda) ballad into the mix, as well as a (kinda) folk song. The two are "Infected," and "Slumber," and they really add some spice to what is otherwise just another solid BR album. I've read that BR supposedly added diversity to previous albums with touches of "metal," "hard rock," or "psychadelica," but the nuances were too subtle for my feeble mind. I always thought metal was hard rock. Go figger. This is the first album on which Greg, Brett and company do anything I would really consider genre-shifting in the least. And I likes it! It's not experimental punk on par with, say, "Zen Arcade," but c'mon! This is Bad Religion we're yammering about!
So, howl if you must that the boys have lost their youthful edge, but I call it maturity. The ruckus of "Incomplete" was all I needed to hear to be sure that they were still a punk band. What followed proved that a gift for melody doesn't go away once you hit 30.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best by BR, but not THE best April 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was the very first Bad Religion album I had ever heard, just as I was starting to get into punk in 7th grade. Years later, I am a huge Bad Religion fan, and if it wasnt for this album, that would not be the case. That being said however, let me make it clear that this is not their best album. Its not even in the top 3. Dont get me wrong, it is a great cd, but in comparison to their earlier recordings on Epitaph, well, it just doesnt compare. Lyrically however, Bad Religion remain on top of their game, despite what some other reviewers on this website say. You CANNOT look at this cd, or any other Bad Religion cd for that matter solely on the basis of music, or you will be missing half of the total package. The strong beliefs and sincerity of the lyrics have influenced me far more than the music has, and I can easily say that I have forgotten about other cds that have sounded like this musically, but just dont compare from a lyrical and intellectual standpoint. If you are a avid Bad Religion fan looking for another album to wet your appetite, then I strongly suggest this record. If you are a new fan looking to purchase your first BR album, then I would have to recommend either Suffer, No Control, or Against the Grain. A great cd none the less, and the one that started my affliction with Bad Religion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Que? December 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Bad Religion leaving Epitaph for Atlantic?!?!? Selling out? New corporate style? Luckily not so! Bad Religion keeps their style and their attitude intact on this album. The fact remain though that the sound DOES change, it seems more "advanced" and produced than earlier, but the messages does not seem to have been flawed by the change of label(though the reasons for doing so elude me). I read a review where a mr. Brian Seiler claimed that punk rock was getting stupid, and Bad Religion represented this. I can agree to some extent in the first claim, although the second claim I find iresponsible. How can anyone find the lyrics to songs like Television, Slumber or The Handshake dumb?!?! "This album is not meant to be enjoyed on a philosophical level" and "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...". Does this mean that if something, be that a text or an idea is written so people can actualy understand it, that it is "un-philosophical" or unworthy? What exactly I am to put in to that I am not sure of.
Bottomline is that Bad Religion still offer meaningful and intelligent texts, without compromising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Rock
Start to finish Punk rock! This band is the last of WHAT MATTERS. Still calling it the way it is.
Published 1 month ago by mufffdyver
5.0 out of 5 stars bad religion, stranger than fiction
Nearly 20 years (or so?) later and still one of my favorite albums. ..get it!
Published 1 month ago by N. stemple
5.0 out of 5 stars They ROCK !!!!!
A classic rocker! This band, which could be classified as punk/hard rock, kicks butt! I can't believe I overlooked this band .
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Kelban
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Definitely a good buy. Just what i needed. A Great addition to my growing bad religion collection. A Must listen
Published 4 months ago by melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Classic Bad Religion. This album has the same quality of previous albums classic such as the holy trilogy (suffer, no control and against the grain). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Great album!!! Classic after classic, one of my favorite bad religion albums. You'll be really glad you picked this album up.
Published 5 months ago by Richard Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVOURITES!!!!!
YEAAAAHHHH!!!! STRANGER THAN FICTION is a amazing HARDCORE album fro the legendary BAD RELIGION!!!!!All the songs ROCKS!!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fluminense
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing "Strange" about this album, even IF it were on Epitaph it...
The title is my opinion on the "Epitaph"/"Atlantic" debate. So let's get to whats important, the music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by B-Goody
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I gave this cd four out of five stars because even though it's a good cd, it's not mind-blowing. It is one of their best cds though.
Published 9 months ago by Allison Danielle Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Greatest Achievement, the Pinnacle of Their Career
If the pressure was on from the music label to produce the quintessential punk album, Bad Religion came through in flying colors. Read more
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