Despite the enjoyability of the album, I can't give it that high of a score due to the fact it's mostly demos. The new songs introduced on this release are quite charming though. There is even a piano ballad done by Ian MacKaye that has no problem getting stuck in your head. It's so catchy that in the film there is footage of Joe Lally standing in the kitchen whistling it. "Little Debbie" is a nice strong punk number. It's got that punk feel, but the signature fugazi dynamics. It's a very nice song.
A few songs on the album are very experimental. The songs "Me and Thumbelina" is just drums and vocal, but by dictating the speed of the tape player, they make a weird little vibe. There is touch of many flavors on the album. This album also showcases the talent of all the band members. The early complete demo of apreggiator was done completely by Brendan Canty, showing his ability to play many instruments. Guy Picciotto plays guitar and bass in the "Rend It" demo.
If you're looking for a new way to look at this band, this is the album for you. Also for all the aspiring musicians, this album is nice in showing that even the smallest snippet of music idea can turn into some pretty powerful songs. I strongly recommend this album because it gives a great deal of different aspects on music as a whole. Definitely work the $8.
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