Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
In on the Kill Taker
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
By far the most unrelievedly aggressive of this seminal D.C. foursome's seven albums, this 1993 collection assembles all the essential elements of Fugazi's aesthetic--strafing melodic tension, dynamic shifts, and unrestrai... more »
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By far the most unrelievedly aggressive of this seminal D.C. foursome's seven albums, this 1993 collection assembles all the essential elements of Fugazi's aesthetic--strafing melodic tension, dynamic shifts, and unrestrained lyrical fury--and drives them into the psyche with nary a hint of sonic subtlety. That might sound one-dimensional, but somehow Ian MacKaye and company manage to wring a full spectrum of emotional impact out of that small patch of territory. From typically vociferous political plaints ("Smallpox Champion") to decidedly personal missives designed to provoke self-examination ("Great Cop"), the songs invariably cut to the bone. The highlight? "Cassavetes," which stutters and swells with remarkable grace, paying oblique tribute to John Cassavetes, an outsider director who was to Hollywood what Fugazi is to the music industry. --David Sprague
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B. Jason O. (panicBoy) from MANCHESTER, NH
Reviewed on 4/20/2007...
MacKaye and friends turn in a severe twelve-jam batch of crunchy proto-emo thickness. Damn good from beginning to end. "Great Cop" will live in your fingerprints.
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Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 06/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first i heard of this band and probably my favorate album by Fuguzi.
The album remains loud and punky throughout. But on this thread Fuguzi strings lots of bloody matallic textures, stedy precussive noises, and all kinds of shadings and dynamics you don't normally associate with hardcore music. The album is also engeneered with a soundstage feel, as if your in the back of an empty theatre listening, so the many flurishes stand out very well.
"Kill Taker" is perfectly paced, with some great rockers to open the album, followed by complex experiments like "Rend it." The sugues always surprise and work perfectly.
Fuguzi may be a do it yourself band, but they do it themselves extremely well."
Nice try... but I just can't get into it.
Zen Station | The Graceful Swans of Never | 11/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"You know something, I've encountered many Fugazi fans who think that this is one of their best albums. But I sort of don't get it. On the surface, it should be awesome: it's got the hardcore in post-hardcore, but at the same time, I feel like it is never memorable, and that's what made stabs at it like 13 Songs and Repeater + 3 Songs much more fun to listen to and more convincing for that matter.
Is it bad? No, it's actually pretty decent. Which is probably why I still have a copy of it, in spite the fact that I like both the aforementioned records AND the later more artistic albums like Red Medicine and The Argument. The lyrics are still interesting like most Fugazi, and I guess that "Great Cop" does actually appeal to me. But it's one of those things you hear and don't feel a lot towards. Maybe it was harder to get into for being before my time, but so were three of the four that I mentioned that I like so much more than this record. It's just pretty midling when you get to how you really are with the songs. That actually makes giving a well thought out review for this album a bit harder for me than the ones that I love and a few that I really dislike.
I suppose if you want something with more energy you'll enjoy this, and it's not like I'm doing a very good job at stopping you from it either. But I look at it more skeptically than the rest of their work. Yes, the integrity is still there but I just don't find a lot in it. Or maybe I could try to give my copy to someone who does."