Quick Review (LP): Repeater by Fugazi

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Repeater
Dischord; 1991

My Rating: A

Best Tracks: “Turnover”, “Merchandise”, “Shut The Door”

After their mighty debut EP, Fugazi struggled through a couple of shorter efforts before nailing it on this, their debut LP. Repeater is the ultimate Fugazi full-length. It’s the record you can imagine them playing to throngs of sweaty teenagers and good-for-nothings in packed all-ages clubs. It’s the record that defines the band, and even sees them hinting at the manic musical directions they would take on future albums (“Sieve-Fisted Find”, “Greed”). The first three tracks run seamlessly into one another, allowing the band to essentially out-do itself after “Waiting Room” and demonstrate the kind of pugilistic fury they were capable of. “Shut The Door” seals the deal, putting the lid on one of the most memorable records of the pre-alternative era, and most everything in between is great too. The thing about Repeater is it opens up, exploding into incredible mixes of melody and fury that are simply unparalleled. Highly recommended, and worthy every second of your time.

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