Another album from 1989? Groovy! Famous for five-dollar concerts and punkish, Pixies-esque hooks, Fugazi tears into to social BS with great fury than they do their guitar strings. Fugazi doesn’t mind one bit telling you what they think of sexism or acting tough when you’re not. Also, the bass is pretty great, as well. How often can you really praise a bassist? (You’re not allowed to say Red Hot Chili Peppers or Primus…that’s cheating.) The bass intro on Waiting Room, combined with the sudden stop shortly into the song really sets the tone for this album.
Choice Cut: Waiting Room
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Emo is an appropriately rather misunderstood genre, with pop punk sort of bastardizing great bands like Cap’n Jazz, American Football, and Sunny Day Real Estate. From the moment I saw this album, I just knew it would be brilliant. The album cover is one of my favorites and perfectly reflects the sounds the band are making on the album. But the most important thing is the music, and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me doesn’t have a weak moment – the five-song opening stretch in particular always leaves me stunned. A dark, intense and powerful album.
Choice Cut: Limousine (MS Rebridge)
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