Jets to Brazil
Orange Rhyming Dictionary


4.0
excellent

Review

by tom79 USER (76 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2007 | 51 replies | 11,710 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

After the demise of seminal 90’s punk trio Jawbreaker, lead singer and main lyricist Blake Schwarzenbach formed new band Jets To Brazil not too long after. With leaving on what some consider the perfect note (though many will disagree) with the 1995 album ‘Dear You’, Jets To Brazil were, naturally, hyped up. And before getting into details, they lived up to it, at least with their debut album ‘Orange Rhyming Dictionary’ (a play on how no word rhymes with orange in English). With former Texas Is The Reason drummer Chris Daly and bassist Jeremy Chatelain formerly of Handsome and now of Helmet, completed with Blake’s signature voice and personal lyrics, it’s as though the breakup of Jawbreaker wasn’t all that bad, or at least a better way of taking it.

It is natural that fans will compare it to albums of Jawbreaker but it really is unnecessary, as ‘Orange Rhyming Dictionary’ is some of Blake’s finest (and different) work that is strong enough to stand on its own. However that’s not to say fans of his past material won’t like this, as they most likely will. His emotional, raspy but at times smooth voice is as good as they’ve ever been and his introspective lyrical views on the world from a social outcast and relationships are still in tact. Songs range from the pop-punk inspired opener Crown of the Valley, to the more dreary experimental intro of Morning New Disease and the beautiful acoustic ballads like Sweet Avenue and everything in between.

One of the key or noticeable aspects of ‘Orange Rhyming Dictionary’ is the song lengths. With most tracks reaching over five minutes, the songs get plenty of time to build up, but simultaneously as a con might drag on some, like the album opener. However tracks like the epic I Typed For Miles get gradually better all the way until and final minute. The albums broad overall mix of indie, pop, punk, and rock come off with a unique twist that is difficult to describe. Many of the songs have a mellow, melodious feel to them, but there are still the occasional fast rock and punk influenced tunes, something the band is not new to. Crown of the Valley, while one of the lesser songs here, brings back the Jawbreaker-esque riffs similar to Chemistry (from ‘Dear You’) but is ultimately a misleading intro and one soon forgettable. Resistance Is Futile does what the former tried but takes it to a better level. However it is not coincidental that two of the albums weakest tracks are two of the most poppy and upbeat.

‘Orange Rhyming Dictionary’s bright cover (which bares similarities to influential and fellow Jade Tree band Cap'n Jazz's anthology album) is rather deceiving, as the albums general tone is quite depressing, but it is actually one of the records greatest strengths along with the lyrics, though they intertwine. Blake is always open with his poetic lyrics as they come off as personal, inspiring, relatable, authentic and anything else along those lines. Telling stories of desperation and alienation, to more abstract lyrics that one might not even understand at first, they are the main point of focus here and the album succeeds at that vastly. Instrumentally, many songs are filled with distortion, lightly strummed chord intros and a superb, creative drumming from Daly. Production-wise it has a clean, audible yet at times rough sound similar to ‘Dear You’.

The record is not as consistent as it could be in terms of memorable songs, but there are a certain few tracks that make the album worth getting alone that make up for it. I Typed For Miles, with an intro sounding eerily like Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box, is perhaps the finest moment on the album. It’s creepy intro of gently strummed chords, and Blake’s passionate vocals, the song steadily turns into one of the heaviest on album with Blake yelling “You keep fucking up my life!”, the song is nothing less than powerful for the entire six minutes. Chinatown is another undisputed highlight with another sinister guitar intro and calm, but precise vocals. The album saves one of the best for last with Sweet Avenue, a beautiful acoustic love song that emphasizes on the vocals and the soft guitar that leaves the album on a memorable note.

Jets To Brazil’s underrated debut is up there with some of Blake’s, or any of the band member’s most excellent work. Full of many moods and styles, honest and thought provoking lyrics, and a select group of some of the best songs you’ll come across. ‘Orange Rhyming Dictionary’ could be enjoyed by not only fans of the member’s past work, but anyone who enjoys honest, abstract lyrics to relate to, and some great music to go with it.

Recommended Tracks:
I Typed For Miles
Sweet Avenue
Chinatown
Sea Anemone



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Jom
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2007



2595 Comments


Great review, dude. Sorry for such a generic comment but I'm running out of interesting ways to tell someone that he/she consistently does a bang-up job.

Abaddon2005
April 3rd 2007



684 Comments


^ haha at least you bother to do so. And yes, good review and sweet band.

Intransit
April 3rd 2007



2797 Comments


Good stuff. I like Perfecting Lonliness alot, so how would you compare the two in terms of quality?

tom79
April 3rd 2007



3347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only listened to that album a few times before, but it was great and similar in ways to this, although this album has better standout tracks I'd say. Check out the recommended songs if you can, to get some of the best here.

And thanks about the review guys.

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Two-Headed Boy
April 3rd 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review, m'man. This sounds really like something I would like.

trustxdialect
April 3rd 2007



1502 Comments


^^^

The Jungler
April 3rd 2007



4827 Comments


I've been trying to get into Jawbreaker (via Dear You) for forever now. I don't know why I haven't listened to it in full yet. Maybe after I do that, I'll check this out.
Great review.

MrUnderstanding18
September 25th 2010



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Personally, I think Blake Schwarzenbach's musical maturation has never been anything less from fascinating, from Jawbreaker to forgetters. The sense of melody and songwriting skill he shows on 'Orange...' is case in point.

Nikkolae
April 28th 2011



4389 Comments


i always thought this is where Sea got his username from

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SeaAnemone
April 28th 2011



18813 Comments


it is

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 28th 2011



10553 Comments


whoa

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SeaAnemone
April 28th 2011



18813 Comments


a favorite band. one of my favorite ever songs.

*second username*

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 28th 2011



10553 Comments


intriguing. might i ask the first?

Nikkolae
April 28th 2011



4389 Comments


lololol

SeaAnemone
April 28th 2011



18813 Comments


granfalloon

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 28th 2011



10553 Comments


Odd.

Mine was dischord13 because I was/am lame lol

Nikkolae
April 28th 2011



4389 Comments


mine is still the same and im still lame

SeaAnemone
April 28th 2011



18813 Comments


it's from Kurt Vonnegut

wabbit
May 17th 2011



6742 Comments


THIS ONE BUNGY

bungy
May 17th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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