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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fugazi albums..., 1 Mar 2004
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Red Medicine (Audio CD)
1995's Red Medicine remains one of my favourite Fugazi albums alongside Repeater (1990) & The Argument (2001); though to be fair, I like them all. People seem to state that fans of Fugazi/Margin Walker/Steady Diet of Nothing - Fugazi tuned out here. I think that's overstating it- as tracks like Bed for the Scraping, Back to Base, & Downed City are as intense as any earlier Fugazi track. & Red Medicine did see the band making almost funky-instrumentals with a track like Combination Lock- but didn't 1993's In On the Killtaker contain similar instrumentals (Sweet & Low? & didn't 1990's Repeater/Song#1 also have similar instrumentals? (Brendan#1, Joe#1). The change isn't that pronounced- & several times I've seen them live and Do You Like Me has gone down as well as an early classic like Waiting Room...
Red Medicine advanced on the post-punk/post-rock stylings of Fugazi- it's surprising how complex and tight these songs are & like earlier material, there's a definite pop-sensibility here (Fugazi aren't afraid of tunes- as much as I admire Minor Threat, Fugazi are more the real deal for me). Listening to Red Medicine it's easy to see where all that EMO-stuff came from (as well as preceding bands to Fugazi like Embrace & Rites of Spring), as well as the briefly hyped precursor to The Mars Volta, At the Drive In.
Fugazi are expanding their sound here- Latest Disgrace is them in epic-mode, throbbing & building on waves of guitars; Birthday Pony is an almost funky slowburner, moving from a piano-introduction to an angular guitar-assault. Even better are the quieter songs like Forensic Scene and By You, which show that Fugazi could easily hold ground with a band like Slint. There is much tuneful here, I don't see why they should apologise for that- Combination Lock, Target & opener Do You Like Me? are wonderful, wonderful songs. The most adventerous track remains Version, which is very math-rock, though with strange electronic effects and a dub feel- this is countered by a series of direct tracks that get more & more concise: Target, Back to Base, Downed City...ending with the potent Long Distance Runner, which is hypnotic and close to similar territory to something sacred like Spiderland...
Red Medicine is one of the great Fugazi records, in an admitidly great career; it's a pity more people aren't aware of this great band- choosing to listen to MTV-pseud-punk outfits & bands like At the Drive In and Rage Against the Machine. This remains a highlight of the 1990s for me & shows a band at the height of their powers- 1998's End Hits would be almost as good, while 2001's The Argument would top this...Whichever way you look at it: Fugazi rule!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Do you like me?" Yes. Yes I do., 7 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Red Medicine (Audio CD)
Fugazi. Everyone's heard OF them, but not the material itself. Which is a great shame, because they are one of a few bands who release consistantly great music - and Red Medicine is no exception. While it was shunned by fans of their eariler releases (13 Songs, Repeater and Steady Diet of Nothing), Red Medicine took up the fast-paced hardcore sound where 'In on the killtaker' left off - and then shook it around. Some people call it experimental, but I don't think the assorted odd noises between tracks really warrants that. But it is DIFFERENT - in a good way. The use of two lead guitars is definately apparent, as are the continuing contrasts between Mackaye and Picciotto's, shall we say, 'unique' vocal techniques. I.e, not running to the same concepts of "being in the right key" as many other musicians. But don't let that put you off... if Fugzi were regular rock types, then they wouldn't be this prolific.
A great album with plenty of depth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Fugazi album, 19 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Red Medicine (Audio CD)
It's true that many fans didn't like this album (especially when it was released) but don't let this mislead you - by a narrow margin this is Fugazi at their best. Taking post-hardcore to a new level of complexity and subtlety this album definitely rewards repeated listening. In a musical climate where it is difficult to find honesty and a genuine love for music Fugazi stand head and shoulders above the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fugazi: Start here! End here?, 25 Oct 2009
This review is from: Red Medicine (Audio CD)
IMHO a genius album. I've owned it for about 13 years and never heard anything like it in terms of being so unusual, so powerful and so addictive. Having loved this I went back to 13 Songs and forward to End Hits. Apart from the brilliant Waiting Room and maybe Suggestion I can't honestly recommend 13 Songs. It sounds very unformed compared to this which is both sonically and compositionally streets ahead.
Best tracks on RM "Bed for the scraping," brilliant funky (!) bass line/ guitar line interplay plus maximum mackaye screaming. "Birthday Pony" demented piano intro, crazy stops and starts plus Mackaye's scream/laughing, and "Long Distance Runner". I love the crazy saxes on "Version" and the strange yelps that always make me jump.
In comparison 13 Songs sounds like a band's first attempt trying to force hardcore/punk into unusual shapes and creating somthing rather ungainly. Also there's a funk sensibilty at work on RM which 13 Songs almost completly lacks. R.M. is the sound of a band who've completely honed their craft. I'm in a minority i know. But there it is. End Hits starts great but quickly loses puff. I also was lent (and to my great shame never returned Repeater) by a friend. Barely listened to. So I'm clearly not a Fugazi fan. Just a Red Medicine fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST BRILLIANT, 2 May 2013
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I LOVE EVERY THING THIS BAND HAVE EVER DONE.. PURE BRILLIANCE.GET THIS AND PLAY IT LOUD !ITS GREAT TURNED TO 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars paul tindall indie kid, 12 July 2011
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Paul S. Tindall "paul t" (london) - See all my reviews
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it seems a long time ago now. but american hardcore was what most british indie kids listened to in the late 80s early 90s.the british indie scene was doing fine to.it was like golden age of ingenious talented bands.but then some english pop bands became very angery at the nasty talented american indie hard bands and there horrible british indie freinds.and invented a style called brit pop which basicly pretended it was 1963 again or there abouts and that you minmicked bands from that era.even dressed like them.and copied ther music it was a dream for the record compaines selling the past again?.do me a favore listen blur oasis primal scream elastica echo belly ect ect.them listen to fugazi big black black flag minute men circle jerks husker do bad brains mudhoney ect ect.and see who you think you prefer.you might be surprised youl certianly broaden you horrisions.it wont hurt you.and you see why many music lovers regard brit pop as a disaster for british music that retarded it .and sent us back 40 years in to the past.so i highly recomend this album or any fugazi music or any of the american indie/hardcore bands or even there british counter parts. to refresh your jaded palat.please enjoy find insperation.think for yourself.explore music that was made before the compusery perchase order was issued.thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sep 2014
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Excellent.
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