Fugazi take it to the next level with Repeater. Although 13 songs is still an excellent album, I think Repeater improves upon it with better lyrics and better muscianship. The guitar work on here is simple, but at the same time, very satisfying. Joe Lally isn't Flea, but his bass lines are realy nice and catchy. Brendan just kicks ass all over the place with his drumming. All in all, Repeater is an excellent album because it can be simple at times, and complex at times, but stays catchy and inventive all the time.
This record invents a language for itself that is at once recognizable and difficult for the listener to understand. Still, the words (rhythms) flow beautifully in to one another in such a way that makes comprehension irrelevant. Stacked with about a half-dozen home-runs, most notably "Turnover" and the title track, and several more near-perfect tunes, "Repeater" is packed with ideas. Here and there, the ideas aren't brought fully into fruition. That's the only downside. I'm tellin' ya. 8.5/10
An enjoyable listen... but I can't agree with some of the "Classic Punk" nuts who thing this record is golden. Don't get me wrong, there are some great songs, and it works well as an album as a whole, but doesn't really hold a flame to Margin Walker or the S/T-EP. 3.75/5