Fugazi
Steady Diet of Nothing


3.5
great

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
December 20th, 2006 | 78 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With "Steady Diet of Nothing" Fugazi began it's steady progression into making truly experimental music.

"Steady Diet of Nothing" is an important record in Fugazi's career because it shows the bands first inklings of experimenting outside the hardcore genre. While "Repeater" and "13 Songs" were both focused on completely stretching the idea of what could be considered hardcore, "Steady Diet of Nothing" shows the bands attempts at being completely rid of the genre title. Perhaps no track represents this more than the slow brooding "Long Division" which could be taken as Fugazi's attempt of a ballad. The climate of the world during this albums creation is important to note as well because of the Gulf War invasion. I find it very telling of Fugazi's attitudes that they released their most relaxed album during the time when most would assume they'd be screaming the most.

The key difference on "Steady Diet of Nothing" is the fact that the dub influence found on their previous releases has now moved to being half of their sound. Where "13 Songs" and "Repeater" was basically just hardcore with touches of dub and other genres, "Steady Diet of Nothing" has pushed the dub influence to the forefront. The first track "Exit Only" basically encompasses the rest of the album-heavy bass drum interplay and even more of the stop/start method that was found on early Fugazi tracks like "Waiting Room." Due to the more laidback feel of this album, MacKaye's vocals don't suit the music as well as Guy's. Most of the weaker tracks like "Reclamation" are brought down because of MacKaye's awkwardness at times. While it certainly isn't a huge negative, sometimes you find yourself wishing for the more sarcastic lip of Picciotto than the brute force of MacKaye. The production has improved a lot from their earlier work and it seems as if this is the first time Fugazi is actually using the studio as another instrument to deliver their message.

"Steady Diet of Nothing" is, like I said, the first album by the band that drifts from the standard hardcore setting of the band and begins to show off the alternative sound that they would be stuck on for the rest of their career. As much as "13 Songs" and "Repeater" represent the early Fugazi sound, this album is essential due to it's view of a band on a fence, not sure if they should stick to their old sound or go for something completely different. This awkward game of unsure development is where the true beauty of the album lies, and what makes it a worthy release in the even more worthwhile Fugazi discography.



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The Door Mouse
December 20th 2006


2092 Comments


These guys sound pretty good. I'll try em out.

The Jungler
December 20th 2006


4827 Comments


Reading Our Band Could be Your Life everyday has increased my hunger for more Fugazi. I've been forced to listen to Suggestion (the only song I have on my iPod) multiple times every day.
Great review as usual.

Neoteric
December 20th 2006


3243 Comments


Review = :thumb:

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

One of my least favorite Fugazi records, Good review anyways; "Long Division" actually owns pretty hard imo.

Oddsen
December 23rd 2006


1127 Comments


Nice review

mozartv
July 26th 2007


27 Comments


Good review. This is the next fugazi record i'm getting.

porch
April 29th 2010


8459 Comments


so this album kind of gets ignored, but its still really good

exit only is classic picciotto

DinoX
February 28th 2011


3582 Comments


I decided to start with Fugazi's worst album as my first album from them so I can't possibly be disappointed by their other stuff. I am liking this more than I thought I would.

huskerdoo
February 28th 2011


226 Comments


strange approach. i would most definitely cave

porch
May 7th 2011


8459 Comments


goes to show how good they were when this album is considered sub par to the rest of their discog

the drums and production in general are kinda flat sounding but the songs still rule

jefflebowski
November 29th 2011


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reclamation is fucking monolithic

seedofnothing
November 29th 2011


3425 Comments


im on a steady diet

mikelepost
April 12th 2012


3 Comments


This album is unfairly maligned. I've been a fan of Fugazi for as long as the band has existed and I have their entire catalog along with the Minor Threat complete discography. Steady Diet of Nothing is in my opinion their second best album right after 13 Songs. The worst album is In on the Killer Taker and it's not even close.

jefflebowski
April 12th 2012


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is their worst but still underrated

chesse13
June 5th 2013


3823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can't believe how little comments this album has

Digging: -

ezzomania
June 21st 2013


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

here's one more only cuz this band rocks

jefflebowski
June 21st 2013


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

forgot how good a song latin roots is

demigod!
July 19th 2013


44727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Language keeps me locked and repeating

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

demigod!
July 29th 2013


44727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

RECLAMATIONNNNN

Chortles
July 29th 2013


17999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no one here is asking

Digging: Jacaszek - Treny



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