Fugazi – “Red Medicine” LP
The fourth studio album, it was released in 1995. Red Medicine marked their move towards more experimental styles of music, including noise-punk, psychedelia and dub. Medicine does good, sure enough, but it can also be hard to swallow. Personally, this album felt like a means to an end – I prefered both the tighter, straight ahead rager that was In On The Kill Taker; and the less noisey, better-crafted, end destination that they ultimately arrived at with End Hits and The Argument. None the less, Red Medicine is still a pretty remarkable transition-period album, with Fugazi doing what Fugazi did best: dynamic rhythm-lead after-hardcore, full of catharsis and cerebral reflection. It’s Fugazi, so whatever, you always get the juicy rewards. But an album that probably splits the public for and against.