Four Cornered Night

Four Cornered Night

by Jets to Brazil
     
 
Even during his early days with Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach was a kind of punk-rock Bob Dylan, penning smart, poetic lyrics about the frailty of love. Thank goodness he never lost his keen way with words or his bleeding heart as he outgrew the agitated emo-core his former band plied; both are the meat and marrow

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Even during his early days with Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil frontman Blake Schwarzenbach was a kind of punk-rock Bob Dylan, penning smart, poetic lyrics about the frailty of love. Thank goodness he never lost his keen way with words or his bleeding heart as he outgrew the agitated emo-core his former band plied; both are the meat and marrow on Four Cornered Night. Jets to Brazil's somewhat schizophrenic debut, Orange Rhyming Dictionary, documented a group of artists in transition -- four former punks trying to make a pop-rock album -- but with Four Cornered Night, the band have found their bearings and let go of some of their lingering emo-core tendencies. They've also figured out that Schwarzenbach is their ace in the hole and place his raspy vocals right up front, where they belong. The technique works best on ballads such as "In the Summer's When You Really Know," "Empty Picture Frame," and "All Things Good and Nice," where his lilting melodies and lyrics such as "I'll know you're gone for good/ when the dawn kicks me awake" are literally all you need to hear. Even so, the album is instrumentally strong, particularly the wanky little guitar flourishes offered by Brian Maryansky and Schwarzenbach's new wave-styled keyboard parts. All of which makes Four Cornered Night perfect for punk rockers who -- just like the guys in Jets to Brazil -- have learned that "pop" isn't a four-lettered word.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Bregman
Leaving his punk roots completely behind him, Blake Schwarzenbach, former singer/guitarist for Jawbreaker, plays it very sweet on Four Cornered Night, the second record from his slightly arty indie rock project Jets to Brazil. His songs have always been melodramatic, even Jawbreaker's most fiery, emo-punk classics like "Chesterfield Kings" or "I Want You." But with Four Cornered Night, he indulges in the sort of over-the-top sentimentality that is more reminiscent of a lengthy novel by Proust than anything you'd expect from a rock band. But these ballads do rock at a lazy pace, and while "All Things Good and Nice" is too sappy and self-centered, other numbers like "In the Summer When You Really Know" and "Pale New Dawn" are lovely, heartfelt beauties and among the best tunes Schwarzenbach has ever penned. With Four Cornered Night, it is obvious that Schwarzenbach is making exactly the sort of record he wants, and though his old punk fan base has long since fled, indie kids go bonkers over his more sensitive side, as they should.
Entertainment Weekly - Brian M. Raftery
On its second effort, the indie-rock supergroup tempers its punk-influenced attack with a keen pop proficiency.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Jade Tree Records
UPC:
0792258105223
catalogNumber:
1052

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