Jawbreaker
Dear You


3.5
great

Review

by Lee Carlson USER (26 Reviews)
June 10th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “If you can learn to love it, you just might like it. You can't live without it.”

“They pretend, to be so above it all. Or so they would have you think, I think, no one thinks at all”


“Dear You” was the first Jawbreaker record I’ve ever heard. Yeah, I said that. Anyone can tell you, that you become a very biased listener when you start in latter part of a bands discography; especially if the latter is completely different that the past. With Jawbreaker, this is the case. Accustomed to the “cleaner” vocals of Blake Schwarzenbach, I was immediately put off by his raspier early years. As a result I have listened to “Dear You” the most out of their discography. Although I eventually become adjusted to their earlier albums, “Dear You” not only stands as my personal favorite, but a worthy addition the bands established history, Not to mention one of the best mainstream punk albums of the ‘90s.


Although their previous albums have always had a dark undertone hidden underneath a upbeat punk tone, “Dear You” takes the darkness that was layered down, and brings it to the foreground. Songs like “Fireman,” and “Lurker II” alone set this album apart from anything else the group had recorded up to it. The bass guitar is less prevalent in the production, and instead the down-tuned guitars riddled with a near-haunting distortion are cranked. Often times it feels that guitar is complimenting Schwarzenbach’s voice, to create a disturbing atmosphere, which the bass and drums are supporting. There are tracks that sound very reminiscent to their older sound however, such as, “Million”, and “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault,” which combines their young punk years, with new sound of Schwarzenbach’s vocals.


Schwarzenbach’s lyrical talent is the definite highlight of the album though. Covering topics of disgruntled relationships (“Sluttering”), the dying punk scene (“Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault”), and promoting the youth to change their ways for a better future, in which the present generation has neglected (“Save Your Generation”). Schwarzenbach’s true skill as a songwriter lies in way he words his lyrics. This is most prevalent in “Unlisted Track”

“You might show some interest, your world looks good enough to eat. I see the ghost of a better world
living in the disbelief in ghosts”


The greatest commodity that this album has to offer is in its accessibility. As mention in my introduction I was attracted to this album for cleaner vocals, and eventually grew to love the old rasp of Jawbreaker. This allows listeners with a low tolerance for gritty vocals a chance to learn just who Jawbreaker was, and essentially send them in an invitation to travel back to 1989 and listen to their earlier records.

“Anyway, there she sat,
Totally kissing this guy.
They looked good, I mean like in love.
Then I remembered my friend.
He said, ‘How could you do this?
You said that you needed your space.
He's wearing the shirt that I gave you.’
Then she said, ‘Why, why, oh why, oh why,
Why are you always like this?
If I'm having fun then it's breaking your heart.
Besides, you said I could have it.’
Then the cops showed up.”


3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Spare
June 10th 2011


5313 Comments


jawbreaker not 5/5 NEG

guitarplaya91
June 10th 2011


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought you would neg me for not giving a list of band they went on to inspire...

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2011


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you're only giving an album a 3.5, you really don't need that much space devoted to lyrics

also i wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people start with this album

guitarplaya91
June 10th 2011


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess that's a personal flaw in my writing. I'm a sucker for Jawbreaker lyrics.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2011


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's not a flaw, and i agree their lyrics are quite good. just kind of weird, usually when a large amount of space is devoted to lyrics, it's for an album getting a 4 or higher

sportsboy
June 10th 2011


640 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

reads like a 4.5 imo
you don't give any flaws to the album, you kinda just praise the band
which would usually ok cause jawbreaker is tops but here it's not objective at all

Digging: Oneohtrix Point Never - Rifts

guitarplaya91
June 10th 2011


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I went into writing this with the idea of giving no flaws mention. I was attempting to see if I could write a 3.5 and have it still read as just great and not superb.

That aside, jet black could have been better.

sportsboy
June 11th 2011


640 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bullshit
jet black is so rad
worst song is save your generation imo

porch
June 11th 2011


8459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lyrics definitely weren't their strong point, especially on this album. i mean just look at them

TSR
June 11th 2011


38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The lyrics went downhill fromt their previous albums, but this is still one hell of an album. Track 13 is just an awesome way to end it.

random
June 11th 2011


2267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sluttering should have been all over 90's alternative radio. This album is excellent, one of the better investments of $3 in a while.

iFghtffyrdmns
June 11th 2011


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BREAKIN JAWZZZZ



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