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Discount: Half FictionHalf Fiction (1997)
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I recently noticed that, while there are several Discount album reviews on this site, no one had taken the initiative to write one for what is perhaps the crowning achievement of the band's legacy: their 1997 sophomore album Half Fiction. Originally this album struck me in the same way as Bad R.

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I recently noticed that, while there are several Discount album reviews on this site, no one had taken the initiative to write one for what is perhaps the crowning achievement of the band's legacy: their 1997 sophomore album Half Fiction.

Originally this album struck me in the same way as Bad Religion's Suffer: On those first few listens the songs are good, but many seem kind of indistinguishable. It isn't until you've let them sink in that you start to realize how amazing each song is. And just like Suffer, you realize that every song is incredible in its own right, and there isn't a throw-away in the bunch.

The album opens with the title track; a galloping pop-punk staple, accented with a tasteful octave lead (remember the days when those were possible?) and Alison's wordy-yet-beautifully-appropriate vocal delivery. The next two tracks ("Clap and Cough," "Torn Jeans") are knock-outs of sing-along catchiness.

With track six comes "Pocket Bomb." I was lucky enough to be at the band's last show in 2000 and, after an amazing set of 30 classics, this was the final song they played. Sure I'm biased since they were one of my favorite bands, but when they played this song it was one of the greatest live music moments I've ever experienced. The excitement of the crowd and the seemingly endless applause that followed (which was at the same time ecstatic and mournful) couldn't have been more moving.

The rest of the album continues with Discount's distinct energetic pop-punk, letting up at moments for the somber ballad "Toxic Home" and the darkly melodic "Dreamt This Was A Castle." "The Usual Bad" is a stand-out track, eloquently detailing the bullshit women have to put up with, but doing so without ever preaching or asking for sympathy.

This album brings back memories of a time when you weren't ashamed to say you were a fan of pop-punk; a time when pop-punk was a vital, intelligent genre with some meaning behind it; a time before pop-punk was called emo. Discount was one of the quintessential bands of that period. They didn't sound like Tilt, and certainly don't have any similarity to the Kills. They we're just three dudes and one girl who knew how to write some great melodic punk tunes.

 

 
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The_Pro_From_Dover (November 15, 2006)

Awesome album. "Clap & Cough" is one of those songs I could listen to all day (and I have).

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

Good stuff, indeed. This is definitely my favourite Discount release.

-ObeyYourParents

IdiotParanoia (November 14, 2004)

This could possibly be the greatest pop-punk album ever released. I can not believe how good every single second of this album is.

punkcorekid (November 13, 2004)

i know a guy that says he drummed for this band....yet i dont see him on the discount site or in any of the pics

Crookedsuperhero (November 13, 2004)

Great album.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Oddly, I like the Kills way more than I ever liked Discount.

killyouridols (November 12, 2004)

i love this record!

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

i got into discount about 2 years ago after inadvertantly seeing the kills at a local club. I've so far onlyh heard Crash Diagnostic, and have listened to it like a bajillion times. I will probably pick up this one now as well

maverick (November 12, 2004)

Killer record, tied with Crash Diagnostic as their best.

-Scott

lunchbox (November 12, 2004)

Great band. What a coincidence I just started listening to them recently and here comes a review of the album with the tracks I've been listening to.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

Great record, great band.
-notfeelingcreative

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