Though many may be skeptical about a “soundtrack” by Fugazi, rest assured that this is nothing but quality stuff, no filler. Comprised of demos, alternate takes, outtakes, and instrumental music made specifically for the film, Instrument is a nice surprise that shows a side of the band rarely seen, let alone recorded. There are six demos, mostly from the last two albums, that are very different than the originally released versions. Ian sings a slow song while playing the piano. Guy does a very slow and differently arranged version of “Caustic Acrostic.” The instrumental music holds up just as well as the rest of the album, without becoming boring, repetitious, or pointless. This is another great release from Fugazi that follows their long-standing tradition of each successive record: different sound, but brilliant at the same time.
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