SYNDICATE
Posted by: Dave on November 6, 2006 at 8:33 am

EvensGetEvens Note: The Evens are a duo consisting of Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina, drummer of ‘90s DC hardcore band The Warmers. This is the follow-up to their 2005 self-titled debut.
Sound: With only MacKaye on hard-strumming and nimble acoustic guitar and Farina pounding out intricate and varied percussion there’s never a dull moment with their rhythmic attack and freakishly good chemistry.
Vocals: Ian’s mellower and more tuneful than he was in his old bands, but the contentious, political lyrics keep the vibe agitated. Amy holds her own with seamless harmonies, rousing call-and-response and forceful lead duties.
Heavy Rotation tracks:Cut from the Cloth” (Top 20 Songs Candidate); “Dinner With the President”; “Everybody Knows”; “Cache Is Empty”; “Get Even
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Explicit Lyrics*: “Eventually”
Recommended: If the idea of Fugazi unplugged (with a female vocalist in Guy Piccioto’s place) is appealing to you. The confrontational songwriting and off-kilter melodies are cleaner and more prominent in this stripped-down and streamlined setting. Get Evens is a quiet-but-raging gem on par with Fugazi’s finest album, The Argument, (my #2 album of 2001).
Grade: A (Strong Album of the Year Candidate)

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* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.



3 Responses to “The Evens Get Evens (Dischord)”

  1. Ben Says:

    “With only MacKaye on hard-strumming and nimble acoustic guitar and Farina pounding out intricate and varied percussion there’s never a dull moment…”

    Is this possible? Those drums better be intricate.

  2. Dave Says:

    The intricacy is stunning. Give it a shot.

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    […] 31. System of A Down Toxicity (American) 32. The Mars Volta Frances the Mute (Universal) 33. Drive By Truckers Decoration Day (New West) 34. K-Os Joyful Rebellion (Astralwerks) 35. The Evens Get Evens (Dischord) 36. Menomena Friend and Foe (Barsuk) 37. Nas God’s Son (Columbia) 38. The Shins Oh, Inverted World (Sub Pop) 39. Adele 19 (XL/Columbia) 40. The Coup Pick A Bigger Weapon (Epitaph) […]

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