Dear You is Jawbreaker's fourth and final full-length studio album. Released on September 12, 1995 through DGC Records, it is their only major label album.
Singer/guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach underwent surgery on his vocal chords 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.
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 NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".