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  • Summary: Though Washington D.C. hard rockers Fugazi have been together for almost 15 years, this is just their eighth full-length release.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Being both ear shattering and spine tingling at once, this is Fugazi at their "musical" best.
  2. 90
    It's still the best mix of fury and fluency since phony Beatlemania bit the dust. [Jan 2002, p.107]
  3. There are some truly fascinating marriages of old and new happening.... One of the best albums you'll hear this year.
  4. In every skewed guitar note and crackling drum beat, every cello stroke and modulation of MacKaye's malleable voice, there's a passion for rigor - intellectual, political and musical.
  5. The Argument is quieter, slinkier and even slower to develop than 1997's tortoise-paced End Hits. [Dec 2001, p.82]
  6. 80
    The Argument showcases a band of uncommon power grappling with subtler shades as well as their quiet/loud, dub-influenced trademark sound. [Dec 2001, p.102]
  7. Somewhat less focused and intense than much of their earlier work, their latest falters when it reaches for subtle musical textures. [9 Nov 2001, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. EricS
    May 12, 2009
    10
    If you thought Red Medicine was a major leap forward, then you will be blown away by the Argument. Fugazi, more than almost any other band, has always shown an incredible ability to keep pace (perhaps even keep ahead of) the times while simultaneously retaining a distinctive style. Fugazi are as relevant as any band of the moment. The Argument is simply the latest in a parade of amazing albums. When's the next one coming out? Expand
  2. SethC
    Jan 6, 2005
    10
    Awesome. The world is burning...
  3. NeilK.
    Oct 17, 2001
    10
    Excellent album, and the single is a must buy. Thanks again Fugazi, for the great work.
  4. BobSwan
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    Fantastic - their best work to date
  5. mannym
    Dec 23, 2004
    9
    i like that fugazi's worst is still wayyyyyyy better than other bands' best.
  6. DavidF
    Jan 11, 2008
    9
    We should consider ourselves lucky that they made this record. Glorious.
  7. Nov 8, 2013
    0
    i have to use 150 characters so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad

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