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Dear You Enhanced

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Originally released in September 1995 and taken out of print after the first pressing, "Dear You" became a cult favorite of...see site for more info.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Save Your Generation
  2. I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
  3. Fireman
  4. Accident Prone
  5. Chemistry Oyster
  6. Million
  7. Lurker II: Dark Son Of Night
  8. Jet Black
  9. Bad Scene
  10. Everyone's Fault
  11. Sluttering (May 4th)
  12. Basilica
  13. Unlisted Track
  14. Shirt
  15. Into You Like A Train
  16. Sister
  17. Friendly Five
  18. Boxcar


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Blackball Records
  • ASIN: B0001BYHW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. Herron on February 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I remember when Jawbreaker signed to a major label ... people were shocked and disappointed. I was one of them. I was a fifteen year old kid, though, and now wouldn't care so much. But I wrote the band back then. Adam, the drummer, took the time to write me back and explain things from their point of view. Ultimately, he told me there are more important things for people to worry about ... and I now definitely agree with him, although at the time I was upset.

After all these years, it BLOWS MY MIND that he took the time to write a fifteen year old, snot-nosed kid. I'm sure I wasn't the only fan he wrote back to, explaining the band's decision to sign.

That's how important their fans were to them. And that's how special this band -- and this album -- is to me.

And I still have the letter!
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Wow, I remember when this was first put out by DGC, and the first time I saw the video for fireman. I only saw the video once on 120 minutes. I was so shocked and so pleased. Having made 24 hour revenge my 10th grade record and trying to write like Blake. This album is what made say wow. One if not their best. I think some people may not share the same idea. All I can remember after this album was put out every one in my cool punk rock circle kept saying "oh man they sold out, thats it it's over." Then a few years go by the band breaks up and all the same kids are saying what a great record it was, and how Jets will never live up to Jawbreaker and blah, blah, blah. You know what this record is one of the best punk/emo or what ever you want to call it, records ever put out. If it wasnt then why I ask does go for crazy prices on ebay? Im 27 and this record is still as important to me now, as it was then. Blake is one of the best song writers of this genaration. I think is he is up w/ Waits, Cohen, and Dylan. I know alot of people think Kurt was, but lets face it what the hell was he talking about half the time. I have no idea. I know something about him coming from a broken home or something. But when I discoverd Jawbreaker was when I discoverd hart break.
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I've said this before (very rarely, mind you) but this is a perfect record. A friend of mine used to play this at work around the time he was dropping out of high school (and for many years after). He epitomized every lyric on "Dear You." He actually dropped out of school for admirable reasons (faculty and teachers didn't respect the students) and I really admire him for doing it. (By the way, he is now in his second year at a major university and is a straight "A" student.) He's cool because he stands up for what he believes in and does things his own way (not to spite others but because he doesn't need to "fit in.") This is the album version of his life. It very eloquently expresses the angst (real angst, not the cliched version postured by so many "alternative rock bands" today), hurt, guilt, pain, and even love (and lust) experienced by your average young person (but in a completely above average way). "Dear You" is one of those rare, absolutely honest, artistic records where everything rings true (lyrics, music, attitude, and even the production quality). It is a deeply inspired piece of work. That's saying a lot for punk/pop album.
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Jawbreaker's last and only major-label album is probably the most accessible to new listeners accustomed to the sound of modern production, because this is one of the records to which many present day mainstream pop-punk and emo bands owe their sound. The instruments have all been engineered to sound massive, Schwarzenbach's usually raspy vocals have been smoothed out and brought to the front of the mix, and the production is generally slicker than Jawbreaker's previous records. To many people, purists especially, this is a bad thing; at the time the album was met with apathy and disdain both for its apparent overproduction and major label backing. I think it makes Dear You a good starting point to introduce the aforementioned people to Jawbreaker.

What made them such a noteworthy band was always the songwriting, and the songwriting hasn't suffered at all in the transition to a major label. The melodies are more poppy and catchy than, say, Bivouac, but Blake Schwarzenbach's cleverly worded heart-on-sleeve lyricism remains present, Chris Bauermeister's bass is a bit more buried beneath layers of guitars but still remains the anchor of the melody and chord progressions as it fluidly weaves through the songs, and Adam Pfahler's drumming is still tight and driving as ever.

With time, old prejudices have largely died away and a sort of rediscovery of Dear You has emerged. It's too bad that it was never appreciated in its time, but better late than never. This is a record that doesn't deserve to be forgotten.
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My friend got a copy of this album for me awhile back when it was still scarce and out of print. He writes a zine on the Chicago punk scene and some of the bands he likes can be a little much for me. So I popped this into my CD player with some reservation, wondering if it was going to be some piece of crap recorded out of some guy's garage. I could not have been more wrong. These songs represent the best of the alt/indie/punk/emo genre or whatever group you think they belong in. Their songs are well crafted, with interesting lyrics and solid musicianship. The songs are insidiously catchy; I will find myself singing them at random times. I admittedly don't know a ton about punk but if I had to compare this band to something I am familiar with, I would say Echo and the Bunnymen or maybe the Jesus and Mary Chain. At least that is who they reminded me of. I later found out that this band enjoys a sort of cult following, making the few copies of this album pretty expensive. After a few listens I can see why.
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