Fugazi
End Hits


5.0
classic

Review

by Well_Respected_Man USER (13 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 20 replies | 3,850 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


My First Review

The Members of Fugazi are:
Ian MacKaye - vocals & guitar
Guy Picciotto - vocals & guitar
Joe Lally - vocals & bass
Brendan Canty - drums

Background Info:
Fugazi Formed in the fall of 1987. All of the members except Joe Lally had been in previous Dischord Bands. Ian MacKaye Has been in many Dischord bands (he owns the label) the most popular being Minor Threat. Guy Picciotto and Brendan Canty were both in One Last Wish and Rites of Spring as well. Fugazi are sometimes over shadowed by their political stances. For example they only charge 10.00 for CD's, they don't charge more than five dollars for their shows, and do many benefit concerts. Hopefully they will be remembered more their music in the future.

The Review
Many Critics have claimed this Fugazi's worst Album while many fan reviews call this their favorite album. I personally am on the love side; this is actually my favorite album ever at the moment. It's a love it or hate it type of album.

This is one of Fugazi's more complex albums lumped in between Red Medicine and The Argument it has a very different sound then their earlier punk sounding albums like Steady Diet of Nothing and 13 Songs. The songs run from short and complex hardcore songs to mellow tunes that stretch on to almost 5 minutes. It's one of the few albums that have that perfect balance of ups and downs and is always interesting to listen to. I have been listening to this album on and off for about two years and there are still new things I notice every once in a while.

I have a very personal connection with this album. Listening to it brings many memories of late night car drives while I look out the window looking at the tall building and lights of Milwaukee. The cover for this album fits the music perfect.

Track by Track

Break 2:12
Starts on a very jazzy rhythm and a chunky guitar line. I love the guitar tone on the guitar even though it's a standard chunk line. It sounds completely unique and gives the song a very full feeling. The bass line is also very funky I always go in to some sort of trance with this song. Half way through there is a short jazz guitar interlude and then th song comes back distorted and heavier to end the song. Great opener, once this song starts I'm hooked.
Rating 5/5

Place Position 2:45
The heaviest song on the record. The twitchy guitar at the begging gets you sucked right in to the catchy heavy part that follows. The way Guy Sings Legal Illegal always gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day. The machine gun drumming and heavy guitar make this song a definite standout.
Rating 5/5

Recap Modotti 3:50
Definitely one of the more mellow songs. It's based around a cool relaxing grove perfect for night time. "Outside the window the passing night sky fills with people I know. taking me. Home." This line always makes me feel like I'm floating away. The jam at the end is genius. The sharp delayed guitar always gives me goosebumps.
Rating 5/5

No Surprise 4:12
Opens on a classic Fugazi riff that you can easily recognize. The drumming and bass are locked into a funky rhythm. The only bad part about this song is the awkward guitar line at the end of each verse. The song stops at 2:10 and then comes back for a jam that highlights the song,
Rating 4/5

Five Corporations 4:12
I like this song more for its lyrics which are pretty true here in America. "Buy them up and shut them down then repeat in every town. Every Town will be the same." It may be a little cliché about the evil corporation but it does make sense. It's a standard punk type song and the bass line always makes me feel like dancing.
Rating 4/5

Caustic Acrostic 2:01
My favorite song on the record. It's amazing how so much can be done in such a short amount of time. Starts on a single note line while a distorted line is going up and down in slides. The riff pulls you right in a highly satisfying way. The chorus is unbelievably funky, the off beat guitar part is the best part of the song. It ends on a sort of metal breakdown that is very cool.
Rating 5/5

Closed Captioned 4:52
Starts on an electric drum beat (not techno) and goes into a nice groove with that stays pretty much the same throughout the song. This is more a lyric song that is a very relaxing break from the heavier songs. The song ends with the electric drums and real drums soloing off each other.
Rating 3.5/5

Floating Boy 5:45
The first two minutes of this song are pretty boring if you're not in a mellow mood, although the bass line is good. It was always in my head during school (it's kind of groggy tiring bass line). At two minutes the hollowing sustained guitar comes and makes things cool. For the rest of the song there are some nice parts but mostly it's kind of a boring song. There is also an extra spacey section added at the end.
Rating 3/5

Foreman's Dog 4:21
Things kind of pick up with song. It has an up tempo beat and the hammer on guitar line sounds similar to one of their earlier albums Repeater. The last two minutes are is an interesting breakdown that I always find my self singing along too then it goes right into the next song.
Rating 4/5

Arpeggiator 4:28
This is an amazing shred type song based on an E arpeggio. I have impressed many metal heads with this song. I can actually play the higher section that is so funky. There is some thrashed wah chords at the end of the verse that go into a head banging riff that is awesome. The song ends with a think is a double drum part I always enjoy. This is pretty similar to the instrumental on Red Medicine Combination Lock but this one is so much better.
5/5

Guilford Fall 2:57
Another album highlight. Again this song gets alot in, in a sort amount of time. The into with the thrashing wah is stellar. The verse is good as well. The guitar does a swirl type of melody that flows perfectly with the song. The ups and downs of this song make it very interesting and the guitar that sounds like a siren at the end gets stuck in a my head for the longest time after this song
Rating 5/5

Pink Frosty 4:09
This song used to freak me out so much; it establishes a pretty haunting mood. I guess the vocals could be better but they fit the song nicely anyways. The bells are what make this song so special and the bell ring at the end is a perfect way to end the song. Similar to Floating Boy but Better.
Rating 4/5

F/D 3:42
Starts really softly on what sounds like a hissy demo tape and then at 30 seconds it suddenly gets really loud almost like they are trying to wake you up from the last song. The lyrics are really good and bring nostalgic memories for me even though I can't relate to it at all.
Rating 3.5/5

Overall Rating 5/5

This is album where the standout benefit the weaker tracks because it is a very whole album. Everything flows flawlessly into each other. Whenever I listen to it, I never skip a track.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mexicanfloydian
August 21st 2004



165 Comments


Good review. I don't know anysong from this album.

Well_Respected_Man
August 21st 2004



75 Comments


This review drained the hell out of me and it's my first review. I would love some pointers because I'm probblay going to do anoter one soon.

HendrixSantana
August 21st 2004



10 Comments


Great, great review. I love this album and unfortunately it seems a bit underrated with critics and fans alike... so its awesome you gave it a 5/5.

By the way, an "archipelago" is an island of sorts, "arpeggio" is the word you were looking for, i think. :lol:

Well_Respected_Man
August 21st 2004



75 Comments


[QUOTE=HendrixSantana]Great, great review. I love this album and unfortunately it seems a bit underrated with critics and fans alike... so its awesome you gave it a 5/5.

By the way, an "archipelago" is an island of sorts, "arpeggio" is the word you were looking for, i think. :lol:[/QUOTE]

Glad you liked it

and I fixed the arpeggio mistake :lol:

Pariah
August 22nd 2004



2 Comments


Nice work on the review.

End Hits and The Argument are my two favorite Fugazi albums.

I expect to see more Fugazi reviews from you. ;)

Tangy zizzle
August 22nd 2004



253 Comments


Good review. Nice work.

...bring on The Argument.

RollerQueen
August 22nd 2004



209 Comments


Awesome awesome cd and you do them justice. I can't say much about the review itself. You've followed the guidelines well and there's nothing seriously wrong. I always say that people rate albums too high but I don't disagree too much with your final rating. Good job.

albert_bass
December 19th 2004



34 Comments


Arpeggiator is just so **** great...

Well_Respected_Man
December 19th 2004



75 Comments


Yes, yes!

owlandtree
December 19th 2004



47 Comments


Great review for a great CD!

jurialmunkey
April 18th 2006



1 Comments


Is the album generally on a gold disc?? Mine looks like an old Gold Disc CD-R with the Label Printed in black with fugazi-end hits sort of engraved out of it in their usual font..

Kurtis Cobainis
April 19th 2006



58 Comments


I have never heard of them what kind of music do they play. Who knows I might check them out.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
April 19th 2006



3995 Comments


I played "Closed Captioned" on my radio show today yesssss

masada
May 17th 2006



2733 Comments


This album is sweeet.

smokersdieyounger
May 27th 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the only Fugazi record Ive got and I love it, I didnt realise there were such divided opinions over this record.

BringHomeTheBacon
August 5th 2006



248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is pretty awesome, my favorite Fugazi album out of the 4 that I've heard. Never has playing an E chord seemed cooler than it does on "Arpeggiator".

bleep_bloop
November 2nd 2006



37 Comments


the bands playing is really tight on this album, it almost lends a jazz like quality to the
music.
also, on closed captioned, i dont think the beat is electric, i think its just brendans
drumming put through a whole lot of effects.This Message Edited On 11.03.06

60053
March 24th 2008



3 Comments


Wow I think theres a record store near me named after this.. I'm going to have to check this out.

niobium
July 6th 2008



238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey, great review. i've been digging this album hard as of recently. this is my second fugazi album, and i first heard 13 Songs a while back. but the latter doesn't capture me as much as EH does.



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