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For Your Own Special Sweetheart - Reissue

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Savory
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Breathe
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Motorist
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LS/MFT
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Cooling Card
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Green Glass
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Cruel Swing
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Jackpot Plus!
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Chicago Piano
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Reel
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U-Trau
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Whitney Walks
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L'il Shaver (Bonus Track)
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68 (Bonus Track)
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Sound on Sound (Bonus Track)
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 51:11

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12.09.09
A fantastically unlikely major-label-debut and a touchstone for emo
2009 | Label: DeSoto Records / The Orchard

Jawbox's major label debut was a totally unnecessary yet counter-intuitively wondrous thing: a Fugazi record about sex and heartbreak. The DC band was the first Dischord act to jump to a major, and they're one of the rare bands that improved in the process. Singer-guitarist J Robbins' sounds at once plaintive and gruff as he sings things like "hey, angel, fly over, and bless me," against hot-angled twin-guitar churn and fulsome punk-jazz rhythm rumble —… read more »

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Their best album

kenta

Dense, jagged, and noisy, Jawbox actually got less accessible for their major label debut. If the album has a flaw, it's that after the pummeling brilliance of the first four tracks, it would be almost impossible for the rest of the album to keep up (though it comes close). This version also appends the three b-sides from the "Savory + 3" EP, which were all great, especially Big Boys cover "Sound On Sound".

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Quintessential Jawbox

anisa.allen

This album best represents the Jawbox sound. "68" and "Sound on Sound" (Originally part of the Savory + 3 EP) are two of the best B-Sides I have ever heard in the 18 years I have been heavily in to music. Download and enjoy!

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Indie purists reflexively moaned — and, in one documented case, hoped for the band’s vehicular death — once word spread of Jawbox’s Atlantic deal. No band had left the sacred Dischord label for a major prior to Jawbox, so it was seen by some as an unforgivable crime against D.I.Y. The move, inconsequential from a creative standpoint, was the betrayed’s loss. The band’s first album for the bad guys represents their peak, a thrilling collision of vibrant guitar-generated noise and off-center melodic hooks over a rhythm section that swings as easily as it pummels. Not transitional merely in the label-of-release sense, For Your Own Special Sweetheart introduced new drummer Zach Barocas, whose intricate style is as punishing as necessary for any post-hardcore band while more inspired by jazz heavyweights Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette than any punk. Kim Coletta’s bass, present enough in the mix to be compared to a variety of power tools, rumbles with a richness and dexterity that was only hinted at on the band’s prior releases, while the guitar interplay between Bill Barbot and J. Robbins, colorful and dynamic, alternates between ringing/tingling and needling/careening. This all produces an album that is heavy on songs that gracefully batter and flit unpredictably between mid-tempo and charging speeds. Whether pushed along by the addition of Barocas or the band’s general development, FYOSS also contains a pair of slower, subtle songs that are just as compelling as the aggressive material. Robbins’ lyrics, as cerebral and inscrutable as ever, and more about sound than meaning, are at least decipherable throughout the muscular, corrosive jangle-pop of “Savory” (about the objectification of women), the appropriately rush-inducing “Jackpot Plus!” (the futility of gambling), and “Motorist” (disorientation after a car crash, inspired by J.G. Ballard’s Concrete Island). Otherwise, a Jawbox decoder ring is necessary. (For example, a Jawbox-to-punk translation of “Technicolored static sender/Second guess my love for danger” could be “I’m a couch potato/Couch potato, ungh!”) More importantly, don’t forget to wear a neck brace. Inside or outside its D.C. epicenter, this is one of post-hardcore’s most exceptional releases, second to whatever Fugazi album gives you the biggest charge. – Andy Kellman

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