Jawbox – Grippe

ARTIST: Jawbox  R-409809-1258098965.jpeg
TITLE: Grippe
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Dischord Record junkies, yes. Otherwise…
LINEUP: J. Robbins, Kim Coletta, Adam Wade.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: J. Robbins forms band after Government Issue goes bust, records EP and album for Dischord.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: A note, I’ve had conversations at conferences, etc. with the second guitarist for Jawbox (though he’s not on this record), so I’ll try to be as fair as I can with every Jawbox review.

Grippe is the sound of a band trying to figure it out. The issue for me is variability. Most of the songs are very similar, and I think it’s an underlying problem with J. Robbins’ voice. While he’s an excellent guitarist, his vocal stylings and range is kind of limited. Also with just one guitarist the riffs all seem to be coming from the same place.

It’s decent, especially if you like Dischord, but Jawbox would get better. jawboxep

The CD contains their 1990 EP, of which two songs were re-recorded for Grippe. I’m not reviewing that separately since basically it’s been intertwined with Grippe since it was on CD. I like the EP better – it seemed to have more energy and verve.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They did release a demo cassette and a single before signing to Dischord – and that was the genesis of Desoto Records which released the Dismemberment Plan records.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The EP added to the vinyl LP I guess is deluxe.

GRADE: B-: There are high points, don’t get me wrong. But in the middle Grippe gets kind of monotonous and doesn’t break out until the EP starts.

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