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The Argument

Fugazi Audio CD
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Fugazi is a band from Washington, D.C. They played their first show on September 3, 1987 and since then they have released seven albums and toured the world extensively covering all fifty United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Japan and many points in between. The band is self managed and release all their material through Dischord Records.

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord Records
  • ASIN: B00005QHZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Intro0:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cashout 4:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Full Disclosure 3:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Epic Problem 3:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Life and Limb 3:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Kill 5:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Strangelight 5:530.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oh 4:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ex-Spectator 4:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nightshop 4:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Argument 4:270.89  Buy MP3 

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The Argument is a bracing reminder of Fugazi's confidence and passion, reflecting the experimental impulses of their previous two albums while further refining their songs and arrangements. It's certainly their most expansive album to date, with a supporting cast that includes Bridget Cross (Unrest, Air Miami), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill), Amy Domingues (Ida) and roadie-soundman Jerry Busher. There's a pronounced pop element at work this time: the title track and "Life and Limb" are Fugazi's most subtle tracks yet, their taut guitar and whispery vocals creating a quiet tension. Even a song such as "Full Disclosure", which begins with Guy Piciotto's feral howling, ends with lithe harmonies. Meanwhile, tunes such as "Ex-Spectator" and "Epic Problem" expand their core attack without sacrificing an iota of its explosiveness. Brendan Canty's sinuous, rock-solid drumming is key in this regard, providing monster hooks even before the guitars come in. --Mike Appelstein

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Fugazi ~ Argument

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fugazi play sing-a-long songs. Stunning 15 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Fugazi albums always get put out when you think they've disappeared for good and they're almost always a most welcome delight. However, the guitar noodling experiment of the Instrument album was a disappointment and this is the first proper Fugazi album since End Hits. It seems like ages, but it was well worth the wait.
This album has to be their most complete and polished since In on the Killtaker, it simply blows away all the cobwebs of the stultifyingly boring everyday rock of the last six months. It even touches on POP in some places, with choruses that you can and WANT to sing along to. And the lyric on the final track could not be more relevant in today's world.
Buy this album. (And the 'Furniture' single)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DC post-hardcore kings return to form 27 Feb 2002
By R. Fox
Format:Audio CD
Fugazi are something of an enigma in HC circles. The members of the band are famous from their past DC/HC projects, such as Guy Piccioto's Rites Of Spring, and of course Ian Mackaye's HC legends, Minor Threat. Ian Mackaye's done the whole renaissance bit when it comes to shaping the world of HC. He "invented" (but fiercely divorced himself from) the straight edge lifestyle, produced albums for bands such as Rollins Band, established Dischord Records, but the jewel in his crown must be Fugazi.
From day one, Fugazi set out to be the very meaning of independence. A fierce change from the bands' previous groups, they intended to be unique from the word go. And they are that. Fugazi are a band that you either like or dislike - in-betweeners are hard to find. But that's the point with a band like this; you like them for what they are, nothing more. They're not really a group you can be into just to look cool, like so many two-dimensional 'alternative' acts these days. Fugazi are the real deal. It's like comparing as fine wine with a cheap alternaitve, and like a fine wine they grown on you after time, and you appreciate them more and more as time goes by.
This album, like every other Fugazi album , does not dissappoint because you can't really have much expectation about what it's going to be like. You'll never read 'A much more commerical and singy-a-longy release that previous efforts' or 'Be prepared to be shocked this time!'in the press like you do with many other artists, because you know it won't happen. A Fugazi album is exactly what it sets out to be, and it will be different to the others (as this one certainly is), but you can guarantee that they will not have sacrificed anything for the sake of making a few more bucks off of this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomprimising triumph of art 18 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ian Mackaye and Guy Piccioto have gained iconic status in underground music due to their ability to transcend their influences. Raw, discordant and technical, Fugazi's sound seems too serious and straight-edge to be appreciated, but their energy is unparalleled in tracks like 'Full Disclosure' and 'Epic Problem' where intros prepare you for an abrasive hardcore onslaught which puts Cobain's 'Radio Friendly Unit Shifter' to shame.
The track that stands out is 'Life is Limb' with its teasingly soft fretting and a dulled vocal display from Piccioto. Comparing Fugazi to Mackaye's Minor Threat is interesting because it seems he is shying from the authoritative punk style, now developing subtler alternative leanings. While Fugazi may rarely gain a slot on mainstream radio stations, their musical philosophy is an inspiration for up-and-coming bands and this album along with '13 Songs' and 'Repeater' in top 10 lists for decades to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resolution 12 Jun 2003
By ma0sm
Format:Audio CD
The eighth, and in my opinion, the greatest Fugazi album ever released. How many artists released their greatest, most innovative work eighth time around (answers on a postcard)? Fugazi have come a long way since being a two-bit punk band playing school halls, with some of the tracks on this album nearly entirely unrecognisable from that early hardcore sound.
Very few could have predicted the direction change in the band after the release of 'In On The Kill Taker'. 'Red Medicine' seemed to segregate out the narrow-minded purists and those who truly believed in the potential of the band. Since then, the band haven't looked back. You can't compare anything released after that date to before, it was the point of the crossroads where the band realised they would need to adapt to survive.
After the release of 'Instrument' (a collection of demos and outtakes as the soundtrack to the film of the same name), I'm sure some were beginning to doubt the new direction. It was do or die for Fugazi, and I don't think anyone predicted the gem that was 'Argument'.
By far and away, the most mellow offering from the band, 'Argument' is one of those few albums that doesn't have a single weak track on it. The opening drum beat of Cashout, matched with THAT haunting guitar riff still doesn't prepare you from some beautiful vocals from Ian MacKaye. As with a lot of the songs on this album, (especially 'Life And Limb') you're just waiting for the part of the song where the sound explodes, but that's part of the appeal. Each song comes across so menacing, yet so gentle at the same time, you're waiting for the roar of MacKaye, but it rarely comes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguements aren't meant to be good
Where to start....I picked this album up purely because the cover looked good, I'd only vaguely heard of Fugazi before. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2005 by R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing doesnt quite cover it
I got their previous album '13 songs' and thought it was good so I went out and bought 'The Arguement', what can I say, from the first track it blew me away, absoloutely... Read more
Published on 5 July 2005 by R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars no arguement that this album is jus real good
i really like this album .. its real cool how they jus keep you listenin with their steady an yet fast drum beats in the background . plus the vocal are jus real refreshing. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2004 by jack frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Can there be a more underrated CD/band?
Fugazi have written lots of great songs over the past decade and a bit... this is, in my opinion, their Citizen Kane of an album. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2003 by MARK MANNING
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2002's finest albums
Fugazi have always been an enigma on the US hardcore scene, able to blend political comment with superb musicianship and excellent tunes. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2003 by Mr. M. L. Hawes
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album
This is classic Fugazi. As soon you put it on it is unmistakably Fugazi yet it still sounds different to their other albums. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2003 by "adam_the_bassist"
5.0 out of 5 stars Progress
Since fugazi started they are continously changed their sounds, tweaking this and altering that and now with this they have gone one better than red medicine or end hits. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2002 by "atlk"
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Something I find quite ironic is that all my friends who like this are complete stoners, yet Fugazi are straight-edge. Weird. But that isn't the point, it's the music that matters. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2002 by G. D. Budden
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to a form that was never lost
This is exactly what you'd expect from Fugazi - the Unexpected!
From the oddly Blur-esque harmonies near the end on 'Full Disclosure' (just before the screaming guitars! Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2001 by Mr Patrick J Harris
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