Fugazi Seven Songs. This is Fugazi's debut record, released in 1988. These 7 songs songs were later combined with the 6 tracks from the Margin Walker EP and released on the 13-songs Maxi CD. A groundbreaking album. Not only to the DC community but across the nation. Fugazi took the DIY ethic in everything that they did and was able to do what nobody else could. And that was have a group of guys who not only enjoyed being in a band with each other and playing the music that they loved, but kept corporate and big business out of the mix. They forever have my respect for that. (Chris Revell)
The Argument, Fugazi's first proper album since 1998's somewhat disjointed End Hits, is yet another leap forward for a band that has constantly pushed itself in new directions. For one thing, no Fugazi album has ever been this melodic. For the first time ever, you can hum at least part of the melody to every song on the record. As catchy as they sometimes were, you have to admit that whistling "Bed for the Scraping" or "Sieve-Fisted Find" was never really a prospect.
The album opens with an untitled bit of collage that marries static and police radio transmissions to Amy Domingues' brooding cello drones, immediately setting The Argument apart from the band's past work, before "Cashout" makes the thoroughness of the transition even more apparent. Domingues' cello carries counter-melodies to MacKaye's double-tracked singing throughout the song, which itself is a sort of post-hardcore update of the Kinks' "Muswell Hillbilly." MacKaye details a series of evictions as the city takes an apartment complex by eminent domain to make room for a development. After spending so many years screaming their sentiments in your ear, it's nice to see that Fugazi have come to a point where they don't necessarily feel the need to raise their voices to put their point across. By Joe Tangari - PitchforkFugazi Seven Songs
Another leap forward for a band that has constantly pushed itself
A groundbreaking album