• Record Label: Dischord
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2001
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Where each successive album seemed like a new page, The Argument feels like a brilliant new chapter.
  2. Being both ear shattering and spine tingling at once, this is Fugazi at their "musical" best.
  3. There are some truly fascinating marriages of old and new happening.... One of the best albums you'll hear this year.
  4. 'The Argument' is the sound of a band stretching out and thereby consolidating their position as a unique entity.
  5. While The Argument may not be as bracing as their groundbreaking work from a decade ago, it crystallizes the strengths of four musicians hitting every mark.
  6. Magnet
    90
    The members of Fugazi exercise a controlled intensity that exudes grace, their concise-yet complex songs experimenting wisely. [#52, p.87]
  7. Spin
    90
    It's still the best mix of fury and fluency since phony Beatlemania bit the dust. [Jan 2002, p.107]
  8. Yet another leap forward for a band that has constantly pushed itself in new directions.
  9. Uncut
    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]
  10. Musically, The Argument represents Fugazi's best collection of songs from their 13-year career.
  11. Whilst 'The Argument' still sounds unmistakably Like Fugazi, it's the sound of an inspirational band, renewed, at play.
  12. With 'The Argument' arriving awash in the unmistakably sinewy and elliptic post-hardcore sound Fugazi have made their own (sonically at least) this is more or less business as usual.
  13. Alternative Press
    80
    The Argument is quieter, slinkier and even slower to develop than 1997's tortoise-paced End Hits. [Dec 2001, p.82]
  14. The Argument provides a rough blueprint for Fugazi’s current music: more melodic, fascinated as much with miniatures as grand anthems, more tensed, better prepared for the inevitable explosions.
  15. Where recent albums have felt more like protracted jam sessions -- impressive, if not actually exciting -- this has renewed sparkle, raiding indie-pop territory with harmonies, hand-claps and even the odd acoustic guitar.
  16. Mojo
    80
    Instrumentally complex and inventive. [Nov 2001, p.98]
  17. 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.
  18. The Argument is the first outing for the Dischord flagship band since '98's End Hits, and offers substantial improvement over that LP's uneven sonic experimentation.
  19. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    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]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Aug 9, 2018
    9
    Taking advantage of elements borrowed by Stooges, Dead Kennedys, The best of Sonic Youth, Sex Pistols' and MC5's irreverence, Slint's postTaking advantage of elements borrowed by Stooges, Dead Kennedys, The best of Sonic Youth, Sex Pistols' and MC5's irreverence, Slint's post rock experimentalism, The Cure and The Smith's post-punk vein, britpop creativity and made a memorable act. Full Review »
  2. Nov 8, 2013
    0
    i have to use 150 characters so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad
  3. 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, 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? Full Review »