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Not one of Fugazi's better albums.
on 27 March 2002
I'll put it bluntly: this isn't one of Fugazi's better albums.
There are certainly some good tracks here, particularly "Caustic Acrostic", "Place Position" and "Arpeggiator". The clearer production also allows the interesting instrumentation on "Pink Frosty" to shine through. However, the album is bizarrely disjointed, with lots of stop/start dynamics that mean songs never get off the ground or build to a climax. This problem is worst throughout the second half of the album. "F/D" for example ends the album not with a bang, but a whimper of lo-fi noodling.
If you're looking for the harder Fugazi songs, get Repeater instead, whereas if you're looking for Fugazi songs with more varied instrumentation and polished production, Red Medicine or The Argument are the ones to go for. Maybe I'm being a little hard on End Hits and it needs a lot of listens to sink in, but this is the way I feel about it at the moment.