Dear You

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Dear You
Jawbreaker - Dear You cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 1995
RecordedFebruary–March 1995
StudioFantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
Genre
Length51:24
LabelDGC
ProducerRob Cavallo, Jawbreaker
Jawbreaker chronology
24 Hour Revenge Therapy
(1994)
Dear You
(1995)
Live 4/30/96
(1999)

Dear You is the fourth and final studio album by American rock band Jawbreaker, released on September 12, 1995 by DGC Records, their first and only release on a major label. The band broke up after the release.

Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach underwent surgery on his vocal cords shortly before the recording of Dear You. Containing much less raspy vocals, the record had higher production values compared to the band's previous albums. Schwarzenbach later confirmed that the move to DGC was necessary for the band to stay around, as they had been on the verge of breaking up.[1]

Musical style[edit]

Musically, the album has been described as emo[2][3][4][5] and pop punk.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
Pitchfork2.3/10[4]
Punknews.org5/5 stars[1]

At the time of the album's release, much of the band's pre-existing fanbase did not receive the album well. As Jawbreaker had made many previous comments to the media declaring their disdain of the major-label music industry–claiming many times that they would not sign to a major label–many fans saw the band signing to DGC Records (for a reported advance of one million dollars) as a "betrayal." The slicker production, courtesy of a producer known at the time for working with Green Day, and Schwarzenbach's changed vocal style, did not go over well with many fans who did give the album a chance. After Jawbreaker's breakup, many of these same fans came to reconsider the album in the context of the band's legacy, and changed their opinion to a more positive view.

Considering this change in perception, along with the album's influence on the next wave of emo and pop punk music, it has appeared on various best-of emo album lists by NME.[5] Similarly, "Accident Prone" appeared on a best-of emo songs list by Vulture.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Save Your Generation"3:43
2."I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both"2:51
3."Fireman"4:06
4."Accident Prone"6:14
5."Chemistry"3:54
6."Oyster"2:38
7."Million"4:20
8."Lurker II: Dark Son of Night"3:37
9."Jet Black"5:13
10."Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault"2:11
11."Sluttering (May 4th)"4:14
12."Basilica"6:05
13."Unlisted Track"2:18
2004 reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
14."Shirt"3:15
15."Into You Like a Train"2:26
16."Sister"4:13
17."Friendly Fire"4:59
18."Boxcar"1:56

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnathon1069 (May 18, 2015). "Jawbreaker - Dear You". Punknews.org. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. September 4, 2019. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Pearlman, Mischa; Richardson, Jake; McLaughlin, David (November 6, 2019). "The 25 Greatest Emo Albums Ever". Kerrang!. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Sebela, Christopher (March 30, 2004). "Jawbreaker: Dear You [Expanded Edition]". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Barker, Emily (January 14, 2015). "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". NME. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Gotrich, Lars (August 14, 2012). "Song Premiere: Title Fight, 'Sympathy'". NPR. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Dear You - Jawbreaker | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Sinclair, Tom (September 15, 1995). "Music Review: 'Dear You'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Cohen, Ian; Anthony, David; Corcoran, Nina; Garland, Emma; Nelson, Brad (February 13, 2020). "The 100 Greatest Emo Songs of All Time". Vulture. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.

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