Jawbreaker
Dear You


4.0
excellent

Review

by HorrorPunk USER (4 Reviews)
August 12th, 2006 | 54 replies | 17,323 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


2 of 7 thought this review was well written

Many modern day emo bands will not hesitate to declare Jawbreaker one of their biggest influences, however Jawbreaker is far from being an emo band themselves. It is true that the majority of their songs are about some sort of relationship trouble, but their musical style is a far cry from any form of emo both old and new. With Jawbreaker's final release "Dear You" in 1995 a completely new sound was born that many bands have since tried to duplicate. None of these bands, however, have managed to produce a sound even close to Jawbreaker's. At times it is a sound packed with raw intensity, at other times it is a mellow sound with intricate melodies. A constant in all of the tracks on "Dear You" is a sincere and genuine emotional edge in all of Blake Schwarzenbach's vocals. This is the quality of Jawbreaker's sound that other band's are unable to duplicate. The pinacle of Schwarzenbach's emotional connection to the music an be heard in the track "Jet Black." You can litterally hear the despair in his voice amidst a musical backdrop that cannot come close to matching th vocals in emotional intensity.

The trouble with "Dear You" is that for the most part the tracks sound the same. True, there are slow quiet songs and fast loud but the quiet songs sound like the other quiet songs and the fast songs sound like the other fast songs. I fact almost all of the songs on the album follow the same pattern: A brief intro, a verse, a repeat of the verse, a chorus, a quick solo or interlude, another verse, another chorus, occasionally there is another solo here, and an outro.
The tracks sound so similar that during my first week of owning the album, I would litterally think I was listening to one track only to find out that I was listening to an entirly different one later on in the song. Not only do the songs on "Dear You" sound similar to each other, they sound similar to songs on other Jawbreaker albums. The first part of the chorus in "Save Your Generation" sounds almost identical to the chorus in the song "Chesterfield King" off of Jawbreaker's first album "Bivouac."

Another with Jawbreaker is that aside from the vocals, the musicians rarely showcase their abilities as musicians. Most of the songs are nothing but simple power chords and basic drum rythms. Occasionally there is a complex drum or guitar part but more often than not it's just mediocre musicianship. Lyrically, however, the album is outstanding. Though most of the lyrics are about relationship trouble they somehow don't come off as whiny as emo music does, largely due to Schwarzenbach's unique voice, and I find that it is easy to relate to the lyrics, something difficult for me to do with emo bands.

The highlight of "Dear You" would have to be the final track, which is simply titled "Unlisted Track." Honestly it would probably sound the same as all of the other tracks if not for the fact that it is played on an acoustic guitar.

Jawbreaker's final album "Dear You" is to this day a great example of modern pop punk and is a truly unique album from a truly unique band. Though the tracks sound the same a redeeming quality is that the sound is so unique that it really isn't too much of an issue. Despite the tracks' simalarities and mediocre musicianship i award Jawbreaker's "Dear You" with a 4/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
HorrorPunk
August 12th 2006



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first attempt at an non track by track rewiew. its pretty short. go easy on me, i've never done this beforeThis Message Edited On 08.12.06

Zmev
August 12th 2006



983 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*Blake

TheBigMachine
August 14th 2006



3 Comments


Steer clear of 'emo' references, it's meaning has been blurred. If it had one...

HorrorPunk
August 25th 2006



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the advice. I agree that the definition has become blurred. I've also noticed that just the mention of the word 'emo' often triggers some sort of arguement on this site. I was actually debating wether or not to use it, but in the end it seemed important to make a note of how influential Jawbreaker was.

Intransit
September 12th 2006



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is my least favorite Jawbreaker album, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy is just so uber though.

KillerLikesCandy
April 26th 2008



13 Comments


I agree with the review, I love "Unlisted Track". My favorite on the album though is "Shirt" it makes me giggle in my head and go AWWW! like a mindless school girl.

Zmev
April 26th 2008



983 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best song is Sluttering

MrKite
October 5th 2008



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is intensely good.

indianstallion
November 10th 2008



2 Comments


This is one of my all-time fav albums. Horribly underrated.

thecardinalstyle
November 10th 2008



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jawbreaker is one of my favorite bands of all-time. I just believe that Bivouac and 24 Hour Revenge Therapy were better. I loved this one just not as much.

Kiran
Emeritus
December 18th 2008



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No idea why I've waited this long to listen to this but I'm sooo glad I finally did. So good.

Bsmith7
January 15th 2010



252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needs way more love. Album is amazing.

Romulus
January 15th 2010



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need to check this out. Heard it was awesome a bunch of times.

Bsmith7
January 18th 2010



252 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sluttering is just about perfect.

Satellite
January 18th 2010



19878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sluttering is just about perfect.

"Congratulations to you both, I hope somewhere you're happy.
If there's a moral to this story then I wish you'd show me.
"

That gets me every time. Album fucking rules.

Digging: The Menzingers - Rented World

EVedder27
January 18th 2010



6088 Comments


Accident Prone is amazing as well

JesusChris
June 10th 2010



673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It hasn't been my day, for a couple years, whats a couple more.

Romulus
July 10th 2010



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So it took me six months but this is pretty awesome

iamSeraph
July 17th 2010



852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's fine.
nice music to chill to.
rev pos'd.

bab808
November 22nd 2010



456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't think you've justified that this album has more of an emotional edge than any other. not to sound like a dick, but if you're gonna make an overblown statement like that you should probably at least explain what other albums lack that this has



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