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The Argument

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The Argument is a bracing reminder of Fugazi's confidence and passion, reflecting the experimental impulses of their previous two albums while further refining their songs and arrangements. It's certainly their most expansive album to date, with a supporting cast that includes Bridget Cross (Unrest, Air Miami), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill), Amy Domingues (Ida), and roadie-soundman Jerry Busher. There's a pronounced pop element at work this time: the title track and "Life and Limb" are Fugazi's most subtle tracks yet, their taut guitar and whispery vocals creating a quiet tension. Even a song like "Full Disclosure," which begins with Guy Piciotto's feral howling, ends with lithe harmonies. Meanwhile, tunes like "Ex-Spectator" and "Epic Problem" expand their core attack without sacrificing an iota of its explosiveness. Brendan Canty's sinuous, rock-solid drumming is key in this regard, providing monster hooks even before the guitars come in. --Mike Appelstein

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
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  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B00005QHZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on August 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fugazi is one of my favorite types of bands, that being one who spits in the face of such tawdry things as "labels", or "genres". These guys take the rawness of punk and indie rock, and the complexity of jazz and prog, and strike a seemingly impossible balance between the two. This album is a wild roller coaster of layered complex rhythms, jarring time changes, loud, crashing walls of noise, and plaintive, tranquil melodies.

Nowhere is this diversity more evident than on "Nightshop" and "Ex-Spectator", both full of wild, unpredictable dynamics, all brought together seamlessly. Elsewhere, the band is ever dynamic, from loud punk anthems ("Full Disclosure", "Epic Problem"), to softer, ambient ballads ("Strangelight", "The Kill"). "Cashout" and "Life and Limb" are equally bizarre and catchy, with singable melodies superimposing odd, offbeat rhythms, once again showcasing this band's tremendous songwriting talent. Anybody can do all of these things, but to bring them together as they do is truly special.

Most bands that fall into the punk or indie genres are not well-known for their technical prowess, but Fugazi are undoubtedly an exception. The drumming is dizzyingly dynamic, going from wild and erratic to subtle and subdued, sounding completely natural either way. The guitar and bass are both raw and stylish (and "Ex-Spectator" even features some cool finger-tapping from both), and frontman Guy Piccioto is the perfect vocalist to match it all, going from hair-raising howls to Beatle-like choruses.

Simply put, Fugazi is one of the best rock bands there is, and a must for any music-lover. And better yet, the band works to keep the prices of their CD's low, so you have no excuse. Buy all their stuff.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on December 3, 2005
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The Argument is my fourth Fugazi album, and while it's not to be confused with the incendiary Gang of Four-aping Repeater, the thoroughly confrontational In On the Kill Taker, or the wildly experimental noise rock of Red Medicine, it is an interesting conclusion to the career of a band that had obviously outgrown the post-hardcore genre that it helped to define. "Maturity" is often a loaded term in music, especially alternative music-it often just means a band has lost their edge and become safe and inoffensive-but The Argument really does feel like a natural progression from the band's earlier work. Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto obviously have a long-standing reputation as iconoclasts in their field, and The Argument saw them expanding their sonic palette well outside Fugazi's aggressive origins. Even the angriest, most in-your-face tunes here have some melody and catchiness stitched in, making the band's traditional tricky arrangements and genre-bending structures go down a little bit easier. The result is an album that's at times raging, at times reflective, and always distinctive.

Most importantly, though, the songs here are simply better written than what you'll find pretty much anywhere else. With the exception of the brief intro track, everything here has something to offer. Cashout switches from quietly reflective to righteously angry in the blink of an eye, befitting its indignant anti-gentrification lyrics; the shouted mantra of "Everybody wants somewhere!" easily pushes the song from good to great. Full Disclosure interrupts its whiplash-inducing guitars and maniacal screams long enough to inject some sunny vocal harmonies (check out those "oooh"'s in the chorus!).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raldante McGillis on November 21, 2001
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13 Songs...Repeater...Red Medicine Fugazi has never released a bad album, each one great on their own. But each time they were just a little bit off from greatness, the next level that I knew they would achieve one day. A huge change from their first couple of albums, The Argument is very radioheadish, acoustic guitars are more prominent and much more creative song writing is used and not only does it work, creating Fugazi's masterpiece. But it also creates the cd that's the best for a new listener to pick up.
Catchy songs that partialy resemble the Fugazi of old like Full Disclosure sound like they COULD become radio hits, will they? Nope not a chance, the public is too wrapped up in style over substance. Songs like Cashout, The Kill, and Nightshop show off the new more experimentive sound of the band, offering a great contrast that I never get bored of hearing in an album.
This is like the OK Computer of the punk genre, complex, thought out, and extremly catchy (in a good way) not only should punk and emo fans pick this up, but anyone who enjoys music as a whole should too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2001
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I'm so glad Fugazi put out a new album. It takes a few listenings to get into (as does most Fugazi) but it's really one of their best albums in my opinion. It's quite a bit different from their earlier stuff, like 13 Songs and Repeater which were dominated mostly by angry post-hardcore anthems. It's more mellow and melodic, but they still cut loose on a couple tracks, "Epic Problem", "Full Disclosure", and "Ex-Spectator"(which has the coolest multi-drum intro part) are a few of the more energenic songs. They've definitely expanded musically, Ian trades in his usual monotone yell for a breathy singing voice on "Cashout" and "Arguement" which are two of my favorite tracks. Guy has a some good ones too, the afformentioned "Full Disclosure" and "Life and Limb"(both with nice female vocals) come to mind immediately. Joe sings one too, "The Kill" is a great mellow bass driven song with an interesting anti-military (I think) theme. I also recommend the Furniture E.P. which came out the same time as this one. "Furniture" is hard, Repeater-era Fugazi that they've been playing live for years but never recorded until now, "Number 5" is another of their great instrumental songs, and "Hello Morning" is Guy being his crazy, yelping and somewhat incoherent self.
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