Jawbox
Jawbox


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron CONTRIBUTOR (110 Reviews)
February 27th, 2013 | 85 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An edgy and impressive final album from one of post-hardcore’s most influential bands.

Following the footsteps of the influential Fugazi in the late 1980’s, Jawbox played a very crucial role in the development of post-hardcore. After the Washington, D.C. hardcore punk veterans known as Government Issue called it quits, band member J. Robbins decided to form a different kind of band. Surely, the newly formed Jawbox had big shoes to fill as their peers Fugazi had already exploded onto the scene with their new take on hardcore music. However, Jawbox were unique in their own right and the band’s talents are on full display on the band’s self-titled album.

Although it can’t quite hold a match to their breakthrough album For Your Own Special Sweetheart, the band’s final release is still a great effort. Founding member Robbins sounds as confident as ever and his vocal style fits the genre well. His low croons provide a moody atmosphere that make for quite the listening experience and songs like ‘Iodine' and ‘Excandescent’ display this perfectly. He also tends to save his deepest emotions for the choruses, bringing them to life with his harshest vocals. However, he’s not afraid to show off his more aggressive pipes on songs like the fast-paced ‘His Only Trade’ and the unconventional ‘Chinese Fork Tie.’ The first of the two takes on a more straightforward punk approach than the other tracks as Robbins proves he is a force to be reckoned with.

In many ways Robbins is the backbone of Jawbox, but the band wouldn’t sound the same without the additional talent at hand. The entire album is packed with exceptional drumming and creative guitar work and even the bass stands out to give the band a very pleasant and full sound. The instrumentation also doesn’t lack variety and songs like ‘Desert Sea’ and 'Capillary Life’ showcase the band’s creativity with some of the most exciting guitar work on the album. The rest of the songs follow a similar nature, managing to be as memorable as they are laid back.

It’s no easy task to create songs that take their time, but still manage to pack such a punch. However, Jawbox managed to do so consistently throughout their self titled album. If there’s any fault to be found in the release, it’s that it may be a chore for some to sit through 14 songs, but even the album’s weaker tracks have something to offer the listener. Whether it be in the original and confident vocals of Robbins or the exceptional instrumentation found on nearly every track, the album is hard not to enjoy. It may be a grower, but it’s an album that shouldn’t be missed from one of post-hardcore’s most influential bands.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


for potsy's review game.

link for excandescent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09_TEOIXaeU

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WeepingBanana
February 27th 2013


10186 Comments


love this band need to hear this though

DirEnRefused
February 27th 2013


2186 Comments


FYOSS rules. Should probably give this a spin.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


yeah check it out it's pretty cool.

nononsense
February 27th 2013


3409 Comments


Pos

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


thanks man. i couldn't find links to the other songs but the entire album is on spotify you should check it out.

nononsense
February 27th 2013


3409 Comments


Will do

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


they're pretty chill on this album so don't expect it to be immediate but maybe check the songs i mentioned in the review first ;)

nononsense
February 27th 2013


3409 Comments


Okay

toxin.
February 27th 2013


12604 Comments


summary: band's
really Atari?














really

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


@toxin,

it's just an apostrophe my bad microsoft word doesn't catch those mistakes. of course i mean various bands not band's as in just jawbox durr i'll fix it.

toxin.
February 27th 2013


12604 Comments


lol k was just pointing it out

CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013


1960 Comments


Good review man.

ViralOblivion
February 27th 2013


7679 Comments


Good review man pos'd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


@toxin,

nah i appreciate it. i'd rather have harsh criticism than none at all. and it's not a good thing to have a misspelling in the summary lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


thanks viral : )

toxin.
February 27th 2013


12604 Comments


it was meant to be humorous though, not harsh lol

CaptainHadouken
February 27th 2013


1960 Comments


Also pos'd. Had to reset Browser.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


19916 Comments


ah ok just thought you were basically calling me a dumbass ;)

apostrophes and commas can be a pain point to me though. i just type in an apostrophe on words like band's or album's without thinking about it sometimes.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


23909 Comments


I have For Your Own Special Sweetheart on Vinyl (so fucking good holy shit) but I've never gotten around to this one. I should definitely check it out.

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