YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably no
LINEUP: Brett Schwarzenbach, Chris Bauermeister, Adam Phaler
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Punk with pop elements that suffers from same-same ness over an entire album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Certainly there’s some good stuff on this debut by Jawbreaker. They stay pretty true to punk-rock (as true as you can for me, at least, but I’m no purist) and the growl of Schwarzenbach hides some definite pop elements while still having a rough, gruff exterior.
The melodies and songwriting under the growl reveal an early kind of ‘emo’, with Schwarzenbach wearing his heart on his sleeve on more than one occasion. But this record isn’t warm and cuddly – the sound is angry.
Yet that angry sound blurs together in the middle of the record, as song leads into song without a lot of sonic difference between them. The result is a reduced impact, which is a shame, since there are definite highlights here.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They formed at NYU, but moved to Los Angeles since Schwarzenbach and Pfhaler were from Santa Monica.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A new mix of their single is appended.
GRADE: B: Because of the same-sameness in the middle, it blurred together, but there’s some individually good punk here.