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For Your Own Special Sweetheart [Vinyl] Import

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  • Vinyl (January 19, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: PID
  • ASIN: B002SJBII4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Phil on January 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let's dispel one possible misconception about Jawbox, in light of the well-deserved praise they've received: Jawbox were not innovators. While they certainly had their own sound, their music wasn't revolutionary.
That's because it didn't need to be.
"For Your Own Special Sweetheart" is one of the great rock albums of the 90s. Their's was a noisy, often dissonant, angular sound, firmly rooted in the post-Fugazi D.C. sound, which, of course, means hardcore energy, post-punk structures, and sheets upon sheets of guitar. So what's the big deal? Songs, baby: the ability to write memorable tunes. Jawbox had melodies that traversed the emotional spectrum, but always tinged with elements of bittersweet, melancholy dissonance. The haunting overtones of Sonic Youth, at their most transcendent, are channeled into high-energy, rhythmically dynamic tunes. This mixture of the subtle and the muscular carries over into the vocals, where thoughtful, allusive lyrics are belted out with conviction and power. By the time this album was recorded, Jawbox were a tight, kinetic force, and the pristine recording successfully captures their unstoppable live energy.
It's too bad this album didn't sell better. In a decade when scores indie rock bands, in the wake of Nirvana's success, were being signed to major labels, Jawbox were particularly unfortunate victims of the indie snobbery that caused many of these endeavors to tank. They were a band that were able to succesfully combine musical professionalism with noisy rock of the post-punk lineage, and there's little doubt that had they chosen to continue into this century, they could have provided a valuable example for younger bands, showing that accessibile guitar rock need not be retro.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken on December 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Tracklist:
1. FF=66
2. Savory
3. Breathe
4. Motorist
5. LS/MFT
6. Cooling Card
7. Green Glass
8. Cruel Swing
9. Jackpot Plus!
10. Chicago Piano
11. Reel
12. U-Trau
13. Whitney Walks
14. Lil' Shaver*
15. 68*
16. Sound On Sound*

* Bonus tracks, originally found on Savory +3 CD Single.

Sound on Sound was later released on My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidents. That LP also featured a peel session version of 68. Lil Shaver is a completely different take on The Big Shave. If you don't have these three tracks, it's worth it just to get them. Savory was as close as they got to a hit (Deftones later covered it on the B-Sides & Rarities album). A lot of their music featured the bass being more prominent than the guitar or at least not drowned out by the guitar. There's nothing formulaic in this album. In my opinion, it's probably their best non-collection album.

To get a flavor for their music:
1. Jawbox got together in 2009 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and did 3 songs. It's online. Google it (I can't post URLs in these reviews).

2. Jawbox released two videos from this album: Savory and Cooling Card. Both are on Youtube and the latter you can hear what I'm talking about (regarding the bass).

3. Two mp3s are on buzzgrinder (they interviewed J. Robbins about the Late Night show performance). Again, Google it.

So, check all of it out, then buy the album. You won't be disappointed.

BTW: Other videos they did included a cover of Tori Amos' Cornflake Girl and Mirrorful. While not on this album, these gives you more of a feel of the sound of this band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Howe on June 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
J. Robbins (currently in the also excellent Burning Airlines and producing about twelve other bands' albums per diem) & co.'s band Jawbox produced many a fine album, so it's difficult to call "For Your Own Special Sweetheart" the best one without compunction. But it is. "Savory" is one of my favorite songs from any band, and "Motorist" is a close second. A fierce attack of complex guitar patterns and multi-layered vocals pervades throughout; the songs feel jagged and incisive in a pleasing manner. If you listen to Jawbreaker, Glass Jaw, or any other band with "Jaw" in the name, you probably will like this, but then again, you probably already do. If you can't find this, the eponymous Jawbox album is stellar as well. Rock music to raze houses by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I remember seeing these guys at the Capitol theatre in Olympia in 1993, and being blown away. It was pretty rare to see a band that tight, that smart, inspired etc... in that era in Oly. where sloppy, politically self-righteous hipsters had a tight grip on things. And we were fine with that. On "For Your Own Special Sweetheart" Jawbox adds something that they hadn't dabbled in before, tasteful production. Their past albums had been either poorly mixed, or way overproduced. They seem to have found the perfect middle ground for their hard hitting brand of smart-punk. These graduate degree having four tear it up as they always have; with amazing melodies, brilliant lyrics, and the typical west coast dirty-punk stops and starts. I think back to that show in Oly. whenever I hear them....andI'm an 18 year old all over again; pogo-ing, loving every punk rock minute.
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