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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Released in 1995, Dear You found Jawbreaker cleaning up and streamlining their punk-pop sound and coming up with a sleek, slick punk-grunge classic that relies as much on clever songwriting and restrained emotions as it does on the group's trademarked high-energy attack. From the opening chords of the anthemic "Save Your Generation," Blake Schwarzenbach's vocals are the star. He was coming off of throat surgery that robbed him of a lot of his vocal power, but gave him a smoky intimate sound that gives the feeling that he is whispering right in your ear. On songs like "I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both" and "Jet Black," he sounds wounded in a way that screaming could ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Released in 1995, Dear You found Jawbreaker cleaning up and streamlining their punk-pop sound and coming up with a sleek, slick punk-grunge classic that relies as much on clever songwriting and restrained emotions as it does on the group's trademarked high-energy attack. From the opening chords of the anthemic "Save Your Generation," Blake Schwarzenbach's vocals are the star. He was coming off of throat surgery that robbed him of a lot of his vocal power, but gave him a smoky intimate sound that gives the feeling that he is whispering right in your ear. On songs like "I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both" and "Jet Black," he sounds wounded in a way that screaming could never convey. The album is a powerful mix of jumpy punk-pop like "Bad Scene Everybody's Fault," "Fireman," and the aching "Chemistry," and midtempo tracks like the amazing "Jet Black," "Million," and "Basilica," which escape being tied to the time of grunge-by-the-numbers by being melodic and heartfelt without going over the top, by being just punk enough to be real and just epic enough to rise above the often boringly earnest approach of too many punk bands. Along with Weezer's Blue Album, Dear You is one of the cornerstones upon which emo and late-'90s punk-pop was built. Certainly Jimmy Eat World wore out their copy Bleed American sounds like a less-produced younger brother, and Dashboard Confessional's whole oeuvre sounds like a lesser version of Dear You's acoustic "Unlisted Track." Depending on how you feel about emo, there is either a lot to blame them for or be thankful for here. Either way, Dear You is one of the best rock records of the '90s and a fitting last testament to a great band. [The 2004 reissue of Dear You adds five songs recorded at the same sessions for Dear You: the creepy "Shirt," a pounding cover of the Psychedelic Furs' "Into You Like a Train," the slightly generic "Sister," the powerful ballad "Friendly Fire," and the short, very catchy "Boxcar." The songs add a nice postscript to a great album -- nothing revelatory but all very pleasant.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Blackball Records
  • UPC: 759718089424
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 37,256

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save Your Generation (3:44)
  2. 2 I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both (2:52)
  3. 3 Fireman (4:06)
  4. 4 Accident Prone (6:14)
  5. 5 Chemistry (3:55)
  6. 6 Oyster (2:38)
  7. 7 Million (4:21)
  8. 8 Lurker II: Dark Son of Night (3:37)
  9. 9 Jet Black (5:14)
  10. 10 Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault (2:11)
  11. 11 Sluttering (May 4th) (4:14)
  12. 12 Basilica (6:06)
  13. 13 Unlisted Track (2:25)
  14. 14 Shirt (3:15)
  15. 15 Into You Like a Train (2:26)
  16. 16 Sister (4:13)
  17. 17 Friendly Fire (4:59)
  18. 18 Boxcar (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jawbreaker Primary Artist
Blake Schwarzenbach Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Adam Pfahler Drums, Group Member
Chris Bauermeister Bass, Ukulele, Group Member
Technical Credits
The Psychedelic Furs Composer
Jawbreaker Composer, Producer
John Ashton Composer
Tim Butler Composer
Vince Ely Composer
John Golden Mastering
Duncan Kilburn Composer
Neill King Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Roger Morris Composer
Richard Butler Composer
Rob Cavallo Producer
John Yates Construction
Blake Schwarzenbach Sound Effects
Adam Pfahler Sound Effects, Cover Photo
Mark Edwards Mastering
Mark Kohr Director
Reuben Rude Logo
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