For Your Own Special Sweetheart

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For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Special sweetheart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1994
RecordedAugust–September 1993
StudioOZ Studio (Baltimore, Maryland)
ProducerTed Niceley, Jawbox
Jawbox chronology
For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Singles from For Your Own Special Sweetheart
  1. "Savory"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Cooling Card"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubA[2]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound9/10[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]

For Your Own Special Sweetheart is the third album by Washington D.C. post-hardcore band, Jawbox. It was produced by Ted Niceley, best known for his work with Fugazi. It was their first album after leaving Dischord Records to sign to Atlantic Records. The album was not much of a commercial success, despite being well received by critics.

"Savory" was the album's first single, followed by "Cooling Card". "Motorist" and "Jackpot Plus!" had previously been released on a Dischord single and were newly recorded for this album. "Savory" was covered by Sacramento rock band Deftones with alternative rock group Far on Deftones' B-Sides and Rarities album.

The album was remastered and reissued by DeSoto in 2009 with three bonus tracks (B-sides to the "Savory" single) and new cover art. On the original album, "U-Trau" is 3:10. On the 2006 iTunes Store re-release by DeSoto, it is 3:01.


The album received very positive reviews upon release. Greg Kot called the album "the quartet's punchiest record yet, surpassing in blowtorch clarity the group's earlier releases on Fugazi's Dischord label." He praised Ted Niceley's production, writing that it "puts a vicious gleam on Jawbox's rhythm section, particularly Kim Coletta's power-tool bass." He concluded by calling it "music of intelligence and intensity, superbly recorded."[3]

Retrospective reviews (published mostly upon the album's reissue) have been even more positive. Jason Heller called it "the group’s crowning achievement" and "one of that decade’s most lasting, magnificent discs."[2] Andy Kellman called the album "their peak, a thrilling collision of vibrant guitar-generated noise and off-center melodic hooks over a rhythm section that swings as easily as it pummels." "Inside or outside its D.C. epicenter," he writes, "this is one of post-hardcore’s most exceptional releases, second to whatever Fugazi album gives you the biggest charge."[8] Matt LeMay wrote that the album "has aged exceedingly well [...] precisely because it did not pander to the aesthetic fads of its time-- mainstream or underground. Instead, Jawbox honed their sound, maximized the resources at their disposal, and made a record that hides behind no extraneous instruments, sounds, or ideologies."[7]


Publication Accolade Rank
Alternative Press The 90 Greatest Albums of the '90s 38[9]
Pitchfork Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999) 19[10]
Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (2003) 70[11]
LAS Magazine 90 Albums of the 90s 15[12]
Magnet Top 60 Albums 1993-2003 49[12]

Track listing[edit]

6."Cooling Card"2:51
7."Green Glass"3:26
8."Cruel Swing"2:16
9."Jackpot Plus!"2:34
10."Chicago Piano"3:30
13."Whitney Walks"3:57


All personnel as per AllMusic.[8]

  • J. Robbins – vocals, electric guitar
  • Bill Barbot – electric guitar, vocals
  • Kim Coletta – bass guitar
  • Zachary Barocas – "traps" (drums)
  • Ted Niceley – production, engineering, mixing
  • Tim Gregory – engineering (assistant)
  • Drew Mazurek – engineering
  • Geoff Turner – engineering, mixing
  • Jim Saah – photography
  • Shawn Scallen – photography
  • Katherine Davis – photography
  • Jason Farrell – art direction, graphic design


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "For Your Own Special Sweetheart – Jawbox". AllMusic. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Heller, Jason (November 24, 2009). "Jawbox: For Your Own Special Sweetheart". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kot, Greg (March 10, 1994). "Aural Feast". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Perry, Tom (March 29, 2010). "Album Review: Jawbox – For Your Own Special Sweetheart (reissue)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Brod, Doug (March 11, 1994). "For Your Own Special Sweetheart". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Jawbox: For Your Own Special Sweetheart". NME: 41. April 9, 1994.
  7. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (November 24, 2009). "Jawbox: For Your Own Special Sweetheart". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "For Your Own Special Sweetheart – Jawbox (Credits)". AllMusic. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  9. ^ " Press." Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  10. ^ Heard, Jaron (2018-11-05). "Pitchfork's Best Albums of the 1990s: changes from 1999 to 2003". Medium. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  12. ^ a b "Acclaimed Music". Retrieved 2019-03-12.