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Yank Crime

Drive Like JehuAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000001Y65
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sigh...another lost classic... November 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
They may have been neglected amidst the reams of grunge impersonators that dominated rock radio, but during their brief existence in the '90's Drive Like Jehu still managed to create some of the most vital and addictive rock of their time. Playing a brand of noisy indie rock that sounded a little like a lot of acts but a lot like none, these guys left a stunning valedictory with 1994's Yank Crime, a precursor to a great deal of the edgier rock that's been released since. When Drive Like Jehu set themselves to rocking (which was most of the time), they did so with a rollicking intensity and an unabashed catchiness that managed to emerge even amidst all the eardrum abuse. More importatntly, these songs are catchy on their own terms, without resorting to the cliched pop hooks that characterize pretty much everything on rock radio these days.

Combining punkish aggression and attitude with the complexity of math rock, Drive Like Jehu played emo before it became a dirty word. There was no whining here, just tons of manic energy and incendiary performances from all around. DLJ weren't on Steve Albini's notorious Touch & Go label, but one could be forgiven for believing otherwise-they were louder than Slint, less obnoxious than the Jesus Lizard, and less instrumental than Don Caballero, but still possessed the combination of adventurism and explosiveness for which that imprint was known. And yeah, I guess while I'm at the name-dropping I can say there are some parallels to Sonic Youth and Fugazi as well, putting DLJ in the company of several of the best bands of the '90's, albeit with a lot less hype.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A math-rock classic. December 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
A math-rock masterpiece that still sounds fresh today.
I have yet to hear a band sound as precise and LOUD as Jehu did.
Start off with their first album then move on to this one because
it is alot more complex and harder to understand, unlike the first album which catches you right from the start and is filled with more
"straight-up" rock songs.
Excellent. See also: Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Pitchfork,
Don Cabellero, Unwound.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest album ever recorded. January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The intensity, keen songwriting, and sheer aggresive qualities set this far apart from all other albums. Drive Like Jehu had incalcuable amounts of passion behind every chord they played and word they sang. I can't even begin to pick a favorite track from the record, they're all perfect. Songs go in completely unexpected directions that end up working brilliantly, doing things that a group of less talented musicians would botch. Builds on the promise of the self-titled and ups it a notch, creating spastic, driving music that never gets old. I've listened to this thing everyday for the last six months and still haven't gotten sick of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "YANK CRIME" IS A MASTERPIECE February 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant, just brilliant. One of my all-time favorite records. I would describe DLJ's sound as "deconstructionist punk"...very original, very chaotic and very emotionally charged. The guitar parts are remniscent of "Damaged"-era Black Flag and Mark Trombino's drumming is unbelievable. There are noises on this record...I can't even tell how they're made...but they flow so well with the music and add to the beautifully-arranged chaos that is "Yank Crime."
I am not even sure it is fair to call Drive Like Jehu a "punk" band...since it is impossible to pigeonhole their sound into a neat category. Definitely "punk" in spirit. This album captures all of the angst and excitement that drew me to hardcore punk 20 years ago. It makes me want to jump out of my a good way. Very few bands do that for me.
There are so many bad bands out there...I wish DLJ had stayed together long enough to put out more records - two lp's is not enough for me. If you are into Drive Like Jehu, I also recommend checking out the band Planes Mistaken for Stars. Very good stuff in a similar vein.
"Yank Crime" is the real deal. A freaking masterpiece. I am jonesing for more, but I already own all their records.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real thing July 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Yank crime is the second of two flawless albums from this San Diego quartet. Every track is underlined with mind searing guitars (care of John Reis, aka: Speedo from rocket from the crypt) and the pseudo-feminene vocals of Rick Fork. I've listened to this album every week since the day it came out, and have yet to grow weary of it's mathematical precision and emotional drain. What DLJ lack in marketing schemes (check out the album cover), they more than make up for in raw unadulterated talent. If you like this cd, try to find the genesis of this band, Pitchfork. You will not be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JEHU WILL ALWAYS BE KING May 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Drive like Jehu disbanded after the YANK CRIME tour. John Reis of Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes,...and Rick Froberg (Hot Snakes) were the twin guitars that played their way into infamy. I love Froberg's vocals in both bands. Hot Snakes are good but not as powerful as JEHU. They are lacking the drumming of Mark Trombino who has gone on to produce lots of great bands Tanner, Jimmy eat world,Blink 182,Finch, and GOB. If you like JEHU then you need to check out PITCHFORK ans the HOT SNAKES. Reis and Froberg's band Pitchfork before they formed Jehu and the HOT SNAKES the band after JEHU.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loud, Powerful, and Rock n Roll
This album is loud and cacophonous at some points, but it is so exhilarating and filled with great riffs that it is easily my favorite hardcore album I've listened to. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Homsar
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattering the Mold
You don't come across albums like these very often. "Yank Crime" defines what it means to be energetic, passionate, and loud, and still manage to be technically complex and... Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by Orphan of Sickness
4.0 out of 5 stars Emo Classic
Its been awhile since I heard this album and I was a little worried I wouldn't love it as much as I did on my old Honda stereo held together with ducktape and hope. Read more
Published on January 28, 2008 by James Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is an incredible album. I had their self-titled release and really liked it, and this is just as good. Read more
Published on June 28, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great Punk record
This CD is one of the best punk CDs ever made. It has all the aggression and frustration of early hardcore like Minor Threat and especially Black Flag, but it is combined with... Read more
Published on December 13, 2005 by Stephen K. Reeder
4.0 out of 5 stars yank crime.
i found these guys one day looking around on [...] . i get albums sometimes, and it's like, hey, this is okay, i'll never listen to it again. Read more
Published on September 25, 2005 by Tcane
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
When I first heard this cd the first thing that popped into my head was, "Wow these guys sound like At The Drive In". Read more
Published on September 17, 2004 by Arilitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound, raw, edgy and deconstructivistic
An amazing album. Even after all these years, it still pounds and cuts like nothing else. A complex sound dthough, with very strange rythm changes. Read more
Published on March 10, 2004 by Vincent Mouton
5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Compute?
This is just one of those records that caught me by surprise. I heard they sounded like Fugazi(who i like) and figured theyd be just another toss-off band. Read more
Published on February 26, 2003 by Alec Empire
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