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The Argument

1 Oct. 2001 | Format: MP3

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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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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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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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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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