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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B0002Z9ZOU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The After Dinner Payback
2. Lilacs & Lolita
3. No Trivia
4. Milligram Smile
5. The Second Wrong Makes You Feel Right
6. Every Reason To
7. Autumns Monologue
8. Alive Out Of Habit
9. All I Taste Is What’s Her Name
10. The Fiction We Live
11. I’m The Best At Ruining My Life

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
From reading the other reviews on this album, you must be thinking "This is a bit confusing!" FATA's second album is not the same as their first album, the Ferret release "Too Bad You're Beautiful". But really, would there be any point in releasing a clone? No...
"The Fiction We Live" opens with one of FATA's most uncomprimising songs ever, "The After Dinner Payback", and ranks up there as an opener with "Royal Crown Vs. Blue Duchess". After that there is an increase in the volume of drummer Fran Benjamin's vocals. But let's face it, he's pretty good. The blend of raw hardcore vocals and emo vocals on "Lilacs and Lolita" is fantastic.
The rest of the album is by and large very good. "Every Reason To" stands out for me, and "Miligram Smile" is good too. "Autumn's Monologue" is every bit as beautiful as "Short Stories With Tragic Endings" from TBYB, but not as good a song overall, yet offers an enjoyable break in the middle of the album.
Overall, this album deserves four stars. It's not as brutal as TBYB, but the impact of that album when it was first released will not be repeated by another LP for some time. TBYB is an amazing album; it would be a tall order to better it. Having seen FATA live last week, the new material works live just as well live as the old. They opened with "The After Dinner Payback" when I saw them live, and it was simply immense, with the same raw impact as "Reflections" or "Cherry Kiss" from TBYB. Given some time, I think this album will grow on people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wright on 3 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
After being blown away with FATA's incredible first album, Too Bad You're Beautiful, my expectations for the band's latest album were set a little too high, so it was quite a shock to hear the new 'mellow' style.
But, as you can see, I still gave the album 4 stars. If you forget about TBYB and judge it on its own merits, you realise that it's actually a very good emo album. It had to be pretty good to first overcome my disappointment, and then make me like it. For proof of this, check out The After Dinner Payback and The Second Wrong Makes You Feel Right.
Also, Melanie Wills is back (the female vocalist on Short Stories With Tragic Endings) with another stellar, yet quite out of place performance.
If you like Underoath, Finch, Glassjaw etc, you'll probably like this too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "olie_cook" on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I baught this album after purchasing From Autumn To Ashes other album "too bad you're beautiful" and was instantly amazed. "Fiction we live" is now my favourate album of all time, despite it not being to my usual taste. Tracks such as "No Trivia" and "I'm The Best At Ruining My Life" are some of the best ive ever herd, and can be played over and over and still retain their amazing beauty and impact. In this album the band has a mujch more sophisticated sound, excellentlyblending their emotive melodic vocals with passionate screams. This album MUST be heard by anyone who dares to call themselves a rock fan. a MUST.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Ayliffe on 18 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
My god, bands like FATA only come once in a blue moon and when they do, it's always something special.
This album is definaetly a good follow up to 'Too Bad...' Maybe it isn't as raw and aggressive as the previous one but it is still a great album and shows a growth in FATA's sound, they are maturing well.
Songs like 'Alive Out Of Habit' and 'Milligram Smile' are a nice mix of beautiful/brutal and maan, 'The After Dinner Payback' is the most HEAVY FATA song since 'Take Her To The Music Store'
Definaetly worth checking out. If you enjoyed 'Too bad you're beautiful' then do yourself a favour and buy this NOW. You won't regret it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By candle in the twilight on 11 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
this album blew me away. having heard only a couple of tracks from 'too bad you're beautiful', namely 'switch' and 'short stories with tragic endings' i was interested to hear the new sound.
i'm pretty impressed. having bought this album at the same time as buying 'the illusion of safety' by thrice, the never-ending battle of which cd's gonna get played began. 'T.F.W.L' wiped the floor with thrice, dispelling the lyric in 'lilacs and lolita' that "we're not even competition".
granted, the drummer's vocals are a little weak, and that's perhaps the only downpoint on this gem of an album. 'the after dinner payback' is one of the best opening tracks on an album i've heard in a long time.
i can't help noticing that people are getting the impression FATA have "sold out" a little, by having more melodic vocals and less brutality. i'm afraid i have to say that's not really fair. i've never understood the whole selling out thing, FATA have just written songs in a different style.
great album, well worth buying.
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