on 21 April 2005
For my money 13 Songs is the definitive Fugazi album - the collection that would start off the following of Fugazi and their amazing future transgressions to the band they are today.
Waiting Room, the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" of this album is an obvious pick for a highlight but unlike "Smells Like Teen Spirit" it doesn't lose any of it's shine or allure after endless and endless listening.
From start to end this album highlights Fugazi's politics and diversity. It's a hard collection to kind of place into a genre - is it post rock, post-hardcore, punk...whatever labels it may be given I think it would appeal to all sorts of rock fans as it doesn't typecast itself to conventions. It basically chunders through 13 tracks of sparse aggressive rock music with sublime subtlties thrown in.
on 26 March 2015
released in 1989, this is made up of two eps that the band had released, fugazi and waiting room and its a really strong bit of work. I wouldnt say its very heavy, its pretty darn bassey and the guitars and light enough and snappy with intelligent lyrics and it all flows so well. Most songs are short enough and it has a punky feel to it at times. Mckaye on vocals sound a bit like glenn danzig at times but thats along with the short song times would be all they have in common with the misfits. 13 songs is the title and its apt as there is of course 13 songs and they are all pretty tidy, really enjoyable. I would be more of a metal head but was reading an old copy of terrorizer and this was recommended to me and took a gamble and it paid off handsomely.
on 6 September 2001
fugazi is a name i kept seeing pop up in articles about the current emo-hardcore scene (hundred reasons, jimmy eat world et al.) being a fan of this genre i decided to check them out! all i can say is that this is a fantastic album which has set me about buying their back catalogue. although comparisons can be seen, their sound is quite different to the above bands. fugazi's raw and emotional style instantly won me over. my personal favourite is 'the waiting room', but the rest of the album is by no means a disappointment. all i can say is roll on new album!!!!
on 13 November 2000
This album brings together the first two of Fugazi's potent long-play releases, 'Fugazi' and 'Margin Walker'. 'Fugazi' was first released in 1988, 12 years ago when i was fifteen. All this time later, it's musical maturity and the strength of its songs, still leave it as my personal all time classic. There is often a certain trepidation in listening to the follow-up albums of bands whose last albums were so good. Gladly, this fear has been dispelled by Fugazi. Every single Fugazi album has failed to disappoint me but '13 songs', their first and second albums together is probably the first you should invest in. However, be prepared to spend your money soon after on their following albums. Genius............