Monday, January 4, 2010


The Argument
(Dischord, 2001)

The swan song of one of my all time favourite bands is also, arguably, their best (I often argue this with myself). Never in Ian’s career, before or since, has he penned more affecting songs with such an air as these. Often eschewing the punk urgency that characterizes the vast majority of their work, The Argument stands as a sober affront to the divisive politics that seem intertwined with American life. A powerful reminder of the raw effectiveness of rock's most elemental components: guitars, a bass and drums.


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