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challening and brilliant,
This review is from: End Hits (Audio CD)
Upon first listens, end hits may seem like a distant and disjointed release. These perceptions are waved after a concerted and concentrated listen of the whole album from start to finish.
For example, closing track "F/D" appears an appauling closer with it's random parts stitched together somewhat superficially, but after listening to the whole album from the start(try listening to it on a walk in the countryside) the track's anticlimatic nature is what makes it a perfect climax to the album. The opening tracks are explosive and brilliant. "Break"'s rumbling rhythm and stinging guitars are bolstered by it's piano plinks and yelling, and "Place Position" is a tense guy-sung stormer with one of the best riffs ever written by fugazi. Elsewhere, "Five Corporations" is an old-school bohemian mackaye rant, with an excellent call and response between vocals and instruments. "Recap Modotti", "Floating Boy", and "Pink Frosty" are territories to which fugazi has never ventured to before, and as with most experimental music, the results are mixed. Recap has an incredible vocal melody but lacks musical direction, Floating Boy constantly raises the question, "so what?", and Pink Frosty is whispering, haunting, but lacks a climax. "Closed Captioned" is another poor track, which comes out much better in demo form(see the instrument soundtrack). Guilford Fall is disjointed but fantastic, caustic acrostic and no surprise are more typical fugazi moments, with solid verse - chorus transitions. Closing track "F/D" appears an appauling closer with it's random parts stitched together somewhat superficially, but after listening to the whole album from the start(try listening to it on a walk in the countryside) the track's anticlimatic nature is what makes it a perfect climax to the album.
Viewing end hits through it's individual tracks would be a crime, viewing it as a whole document reveals an exciting, at times chilling, experimental take on classic jazz influenced post hardcore as created by fugazi themselves. This is fugazi's most interesting and challenging moment.