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Mission: Control!

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Carnival
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Wheaton Calling
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Pacific 231
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Scissoring
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The Escape Engine
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(my pornograph)
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Meccano
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3 Sisters
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Flood of Foreign Capital
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Crowned
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Sweet Deals on Surgery
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I Sold Myself In
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:43

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Awesome

Ultrasaurus

This record is great, the band is perfect and J.'s guitar playing and singing is better than ever, never a dull moment. If you like this you should check out Channels, a newer J. Robbins project.

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SatansArmpit

No matter how many bands you've listened to, how many recordings you have, how up to date you think you are on indie music, you can always find gems from the past. I used to listen to Jawbox endlessly and have just now discovered this band. I'm glad I stumbled across this.

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Great!

rawksolid

There...I've commented :) If you love Jawbox, download this album.

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Great album from start to finish

t-razr

I'm surprised no one has commented about how great this record is!!

They Say All Music Guide

After Jawbox’s amicable split in 1997, frontman J. Robbins and guitarist Bill Barbot teamed up with ex-Government Issue drummer, Pete Moffett, to form Burning Airlines, with Barbot switching from guitar to bass duties. Mission: Control! the band’s debut album, brilliantly channels Robbins’ pop sensibilities through muscular hardcore riffs with insistent, rhythmic foundations. With its seamless, dynamic shifts, thick riffs and killer melody, “3 Sisters” epitomizes the transition away from Jawbox’s clipped, angular post-punk and onto a much more open-ended playing field. Barbot’s bass work is a big surprise; Jawbox bassist Kim Coletta always rattled off cool melodies, but Barbot has a sharper and more intuitive sense of placement. His rubber-band lines do the dirty work on the slick “Wheaton Calling,” and tug on Robbins’ riffs like a magnet in “Pacific 231.” Jawbox’s music had begun to incorporate a greater range of moods by its final album, and Burning Airlines finds Robbins’ melodies highly effective in a variety of settings: insanely catchy punk-pop (“Pacific 231″), furious Nirvana-esque rock (“Sweet Deals on Surgery” and head-spinning opener, “Carnival”) and arty dissonance (“I Sold Myself In,” the intelligently weird “Crowned”). “Scissoring” is the album’s standout cut, with its wicked harmonic riff, bad-ass bassline and thrashy second-half. With rarely a dull or unoriginal moment, Mission: Control! is a very promising start to life after Jawbox. – Jonathan Cohen

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