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2001’s The Argument was the final Fugazi album before the band took an extended and possibly permanent hiatus. It’s easy to see why the venerated D.C. group would be comfortable closing its career here; The Argument brings its four players full circle. Guy Picciotto’s “Full Disclosure” and Ian MacKaye’s “Epic Problem” give the album two songs—one from each frontman—that reconnect to the bracing physicality that defined Fugazi in its earliest years. At the same time, the album marks the final step of the group’s long trek to extricate itself from its early punk roots. With deep dub inflections and whispering piano, “The Kill” and “Strangelight” might make listeners think that film composing should be the band's next chapter. As has always been the case with Fugazi, the songs that blend extremes stand out from the pack. “Cashout,” “Life and Limb," and “The Argument” join the ranks of the group’s classic songs.

Customer Reviews

A Remarkable Achievement!

Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest albums of the last 20+ years. It has been quite a journey for the Minor Threat boys, but the music found on The Argument is Fugazi's masterwork. You'll find piano work on some songs as well as strings on others (yes, this is a Fugazi album!), and the messages here remain blunt and often hard for middle America to digest. I really hope this isn't the end for Fugazi, because what is presented here is groundwork for another 20 years of music. Buy this album and support the greatest truly independent act of our lifetime!

Music For Adults

I started listening to Fugazi when a friend introduced me to 'Repeater' in '91 and I've never looked back. This is a band which is dedicated first and foremost to musical growth, and an album made by adults, not teenagers. Consequently, if you are looking for musical depth, intrigue, beauty and precision then buy this album. Maybe it's just that I, like the band itself, has grown over the years, but this album is, to me, the best album of it's kind in the last 15-20 years. And Fugazi's strongest release to date. Buy it!

Possibly the best Fugazi record

The amazing thing about this band is that they actually get better and better with each record... remarkably so. Buy this album... you'll love it... all the noise, melody, and rhythm of Fugazi is multiplied yet again here. Enjoy.


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, and resistance to mainstream outlets, they will instead be known for their intelligent songwriting and undeniably proficient musicianship, which drew from their roots in Washington, D.C. hardcore, as well as post-punk and dub reggae. Songs like "Waiting Room" and "Suggestion," as well as albums such...
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