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Red Medicine

Fugazi

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Album Review

Retreating from the skinned-knee production values of In on the Kill Taker, Red Medicine packs more rhythmic punch and shows more range. With more drive and playful goings-on, the arrangements sound much looser than on Kill Taker, while remaining just as gut-kicking and brainy. The experimentation, which adds liveliness, doesn't sound measured. Even Joe Lally is allowed to sing, and it just happens to be one of the best songs on the record. Running against the theory that Fugazi is a pack of killjoys, numerous instances pop up where the band's twisted sense of humor is apparent. The sinister ha-has that open "Birthday Pony," the android sample in the pleasant (!) instrumental "Combination Lock," and random piano plinks all manage to find a welcome place. But the most uncharacteristic track is the "Blade Runner in Kingston" slo-mo instrumental "Version," featuring clarinet skronks, dubwise rhythm, incidental zaps, and — get this — no guitars. Picciotto declares in the immediately following "Target" that he hates the sound of guitars. What gives? It's clearly a rumination against corporate America's capitalization/bastardization of "punk" aesthetics. If anyone had the right to comment, it was Fugazi. "Back to Base" and "Downed City" (another dubby intro here) return to more standard issue, hardcore roots Fugazi, full of the soaring guitars that the band is most known for. Closing out the nearly flawless second side is yet another contemplative exit track, "Long Distance Runner." Acting as a daily affirmation of sorts to combat lethargy, MacKaye opines, "If I stop to catch my breath/I might catch a piece of death."

Customer Reviews

Fugazi owned the 90s

Another unbelieveable outing by Fugazi. Their first non-Ted Niceley-produce album as their musicianship trily comes through with dub-inspired tracks like 'version' and Joe Lally's haunting vocals on 'fell, destroyed'. To all those Fugazi-haters/former fans who just wanted a repeat of Repeater, this record is not for you. And rightfully so.

boring

what a boring album. its the same fugazi you have heard before and will hear again. This band never really changes and probably never will. If you have heard one album you have heard them all. Its the same dull lyrics and rock drives over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Get my point. I was a massive Fugazi fan until this album came out, than I heard the band Rancid and woke up haha. Sorry Fugazi, your lame.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If history is kind to Fugazi, their records won't be overshadowed by their reputation and methods of operation. Instead of being known for their community activism, five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CDs, resistance to mainstream outlets, and the laughably fictitious folklore surrounding their lifestyle, they will instead be identified as setting a high bar for artistic excellence that is frequently aimed for but seldom achieved with great frequency. During their existence, the four-piece created some...
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