The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - A Jackknife To A Swan (Cover Artwork)

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: A Jackknife To A SwanA Jackknife To A Swan (2002)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: FatBlakeFat Blake
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What is punk? Is ska punk? If it comes from the legendary Boston Ska-Core pioneers, The Mighty Mighty BossTones, then the answer is a resounding yes. The band is back with their seventh studio album, "A Jackknife to a Swan," to set the place on fire. Forget all of the bullshit about ska bein.

What is punk? Is ska punk? If it comes from the legendary Boston Ska-Core pioneers, The Mighty Mighty BossTones, then the answer is a resounding yes.

The band is back with their seventh studio album, "A Jackknife to a Swan," to set the place on fire. Forget all of the bullshit about ska being dead or the BossTones selling out and getting soft. With AJTAS, the 'Tones throw all of their past styles in the pot and all of the rules out of the window.

"You Gotta Go!" stands out first. What starts out as a horn driven song, quickly turns into a pissed off plea strengthened by a vocal blast from one of the backing BossTones. The new guitar is the first studio effort for Lawrence Katz and the same goes for Chris Rhodes on the trombone. The new components are featured as much as the old reliables were and everything is still kosher. The old shoes seemed to be filled and this song is a perfect example.

Ska comes alive in "Everybody's Better." Horns are mellowed and the pace is slowed for this perfect song. Rhodes adds some flavor with a reggae chant and gives the song something special. "I Want My City Back" is by far the dark mood swing of this album along with "You Can't Win," the weakest song on the album. It reminds me of "Break So Easily," a great song, but it doesn't stand out with the others.

"Chasing the Sun Away" is a fantastic song that could be the perfect summer tune. A breezy, bouncy song that Smash Mouth would sell their souls to write.

The real gem of this album is the amazing "Old School Off the Bright." I don't know what to say about it other than it really sticks out and it made me want to move to Boston.

A proverbial middle finger is extended to the "people" in charge in "The Punch Line," "Go Big" and "Shit Outta Luck." These songs encapsulate the overall positive spirit of this album.

Have you ever heard the BossTones play acoustic? Well, you are in for a treat with the album closer "7 Ways to Sunday." The band appears to have recorded this soulful little ditty around a camp fire, complete with harmonica and some fantastic female backup singers. In my opinion, this is the best Black Crowes song that they never wrote. When I heard the rumor I was shocked and confused, but my advice would be to pay attention or you might miss something special, but that could be said for the entire album.


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Anonymous (May 4, 2006)

nothing beats when the bosstones would run out on stage to old school of the bright!!

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

bosstones never die! :)

joeg (April 29, 2003)

outrageous. a band's 7th studio album is not supposed to be this good. mmb rock and so does this album.

Anonymous (April 19, 2003)

this is a good one for punk kids ,sak kids and even skinz,sum41 sucks and old people say the darndest things

cawknocker (July 18, 2002)

dude, any site called 'emotionalpunk' cant' be good anyway, most likely populated by dorky 15 year old boys wearing tight salvation army shirts and pants w/ a faux emo dork haircut w/ glasses. fuck that. this album is sooo good. def. wayyy better than pay attention, which had its good points but waaaay to much filler. this album has more of the classic sound. i'd put it second to be honest, after question the answers....although lets face it is also very good. all the albums have their classics though. can't wait ot see em live.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

I went to emotionalpunk.com and checked out the review... then I pissed myself laughing at what little the kid knew about... well... anything. then I proceeded to email him telling him the real story about the "maturity" of the Bosstones... from someone who knows a little bit about their history. All he could tell me was... "whoa calm down foo, I'm not even into ska". that lost him all credibility. Someone thats not "into" ska reviewing a ska record... good call emotionalpunk.com.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Great album, I don't think it's quite as amazing as some of you are claiming but definitly great and better than Pay Attention (which wasn't bad but definitly the BossToneS worst effort). My favorite songs have to be "Everbody's Better", "I Want My City Back", and, although the reviewer didn't like it, "You Can't Win". I wasn't that big a fan of "The Old School Off the Bright" as much as most of you seem to love it. Oh well, still great, especially for a 7th album.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)


Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

To the penis that is impersonating the real oldpunker, if your going to, remember to use caps-oldpunker-

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

A Jackknife To A Swan is amazing! The Bosstones' sound has only gotten better through the years. I strongly encourage all your punkers out there to pick this disc up. You will be amazed and it won't leave your CD player for a long time. Truly an awesome album.

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

emotionalpunk.com sucks anyway. I just read that review to see what you were saying...he said the Bosstones haven't tried to change their style, so this cd sucks. Yeah, "let's try to alienate our fans." good idea. I guess he skipped Seven Ways to Sunday and A Jackknife to a Swan, but oh well. Emotionalpunk should stick to reviewing Saves the Day and all that shit.

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

Hey everybody this is JAZ BRONZEWOOD. I would just like to say this album kicks serious ASS!!!! The jerk-off on emotionalpunk.com gave it 5 out of 10 because they "haven't matured their sound and have changed enough". He's a douchebag and we should all give him shit for as long as he lives! Bosstones kick ASS and so does A JACKNIFE TO A SWAN! Remember emotionalpunk reviewer ANDREW is a penis!....cheers!

waste_elite (July 14, 2002)

i think it's funny that someone that goes by "oldpunker" likes sum 41.

funny or disturbing...

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

I really hope this guy below me is kidding about the whole Canada thing, not only is it preposterous to think the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are Canadian, but to even compare them to Sum 41 is beyond belief.

Anonymous (July 14, 2002)

Um...the BossToneS aren't from Canada...They're from Boston, Mass.

Anonymous (July 13, 2002)

I like Sum 41 a little better when it comes to music out of Canada, but these bosstone guys put up a good effort. 5 stars.-OLDPUNKER-

Anonymous (July 13, 2002)

do yourself a favor.

CallingLondon (July 12, 2002)

so just because the review was written well, it's by one of the people who works for the label? you're an idiot. it's not a masterpiece of a review, it's just a good one.

on a different note, i saw the toasters play club laga last year and not too many people showed up there either. i figured it was because it was spring break for two of the schools in the area. the catch 22 show that year had a good turn out though.

toaster (July 12, 2002)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones kick alot of ass.

waste_elite (July 12, 2002)

there is only one T in "atrocious". "Even to help you get your point across" is a sentence fragment. then there's "And don't give me some shit excuse, about how you're from a different country...". technically, you aren't supposed to start a sentence with a conjunction and you don't need that comma after "excuse".

if you're going to bash people because of grammar, at least try to write your witty criticisms correctly. it's the whole pot calling the kettle black thing.

personally, i don't give a shit how anyone writes on this board. i probably mangled a few sentences writing this nonsense. i just felt like being a dick.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

you dumbshit I am writing it fast, I am not taking my time because this is not some school essay, im writing something to a dumbass like yourself who thinks you are better than everyone else who writed w/ internet lingo. go fuck off, i know how to type, i am writing this fast cause i dont sit here and press the shift key to capitalize things or put apostraphes and stuff, and when i spell something or leave a letter out, so sue me im typing fast (o shit i meant I'm, o shit i meant I not i)---o shit

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

your punctuation, grammar, spelling and sentence structure are attrocious. Those things used for a reason. Even to help you get your point across.

Words to work on (spelling wise):
Have (as in "it had to HAVE been")

You really need some help in sentence structure and grammar. And don't give me some shit excuse, about how you're from a different country and you don't know the language. I know peanuts in my crap that are smarter than you.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

The Bosstones did an amazing job with this album it kicks ass. With their release of this album and the new albums coming from bands like the toasters and the pietasters (their album comes out in august) I am grateful to see ska come back. It was a sad day when in NYC the toasters played the hard rock cafe and did not get more then 100 people at the show.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

WHAT A BUNH OF SHIT, HOW DID NO ONE ELSE CATCH ON THAT A KID DIFFERENT WRITE THE REVIEW. it had to of been by a professional writer (meaning: someone from thei label side one dummy) cause no one writes like that unless the guy wants to but fuck the band completely

CallingLondon (July 11, 2002)

i liked pay attention. it wasn't as exciting as this one, but it was definitely good music. i thought so atleast.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

Old School Off the Bright is the best song the Bosstones have done since Kinder Words! This album is the best of 2002 (so far).

cawknocker (July 11, 2002)

wyzo, if u even start your shit on this board....uhh. go away. i already got to bash u on the AWK board. that was fun.your strung out review still sux.this album is better than you.def. better than pay attention.your still a dork too.

cawknocker (July 11, 2002)

hey, i actually liked pay attention. it wasnt gr8 as an album, but what about 'she just happened', 'skeleton song' 'all things considered' and that radio hit, the breakup song, i forget the name. if u take the best 3 or 4 songs off each release ....fuck these guys are sooo good. what a catelog. best songs off the new are def. you gotta go, everybody's better, sugar free, shit outta luck, chasing the sun away, old school...wait that half the album. this shit is good.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

I just picked this up today, and it fucking rocks! I thought that the BossToneS were all washed up after Pay Attention, but they proved me wrong. These guys(and other bands) make me proud to live near Boston. -SaYnE GuY

wyzo (July 11, 2002)

havent really liked them after i heard the boring 'pay attention', but hey ill give it a whirl, it seems to be getting some good feedback.


waste_elite (July 11, 2002)

ehh, never been a fan of the bosstones. however, the cd cover art is pretty fuckin cool. that's what my stars are for.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

Why do the bosstones always sound so fresh compared to all the others they opened the door for, great cd!!!-oldpunker-

cawknocker (July 11, 2002)

no bad comments is awesome!! shocking on this website, especiall a 'ska' band.this album is bomb. mr. moran is kinda like dr. d. this album has everything, real punk driven tracks, reggae driven, acoustic. my favorites were always lets face it and question the answers. not sure where this one falls but its fuckin good.best 7th album from a band i've ever heard. they havent lost a step.i think i might put this one third..i dont' know. the tones are so good. theyre reason enought to go to warped. def. stronger than the new reel big fish album.

Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

Is it me, or does "Mr. Moran" sound kinda like "Dr. D"?


Anonymous (July 11, 2002)

I respect these guys. Good album.

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

i'll continue the trend with no bad comments. the tones are back and better than ever. another A quality cd with the old-new bosstones sound if that makes sense. much props for not making another pay attention or question the answers. they've never made the same record twice and continue to kick ass.

CallingLondon (July 10, 2002)

wow...not one bad comment about this album. good. it's increadible. this is probably one of their best. it's like they took the best things about their old material, the best things about their newer releases, took the liberties that an indy label allows you in writing the album, yet still spending a lot of money on the recording, and when they were done, they had this increadible piece of art. job well done boys.

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

yours came w/ an autographed poster?

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

Oh yea, the coolest part about the Bosstones, the cd came with a personally autographes poster signed by the entire band. How many other bands would sit around signing that many posters for their fans. WOW. Fuck yea Big D and the Kids Table and the Bosstons for putting Boston Ska back on the map.

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

Wow. Amazing Album. jackknife to a swan... wow. I Want My City Back... holy shit. Mr Moran... One of the best Bosstones songs ever. Holy fucking shit what a good album. Everyone should buy 6.

Anonymous (July 10, 2002)

i don't think u could ask for a better 7th album. seriously, these guys were making albums when most of us were about 10 years old. they've stuck by their style all these years and still have so much energy (sugar free, u coulda told me they recorded that 7 years ago andi'd believe u).you gotta go, everybody's better, so many good songs. i just cant' get into mr. moran though. dumb lyrics, but oh well.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

how awesome is this cd? i mean, jesus, this thing rocks. They have been my favroite band for years. and after pay attention i thought the bosstones maybe had finally lost it. then they come back and kick me in the teeth for thinking that with this record. its probably their best since QTA. I liked Lets Face It a lot, but I think this might be better. a lot of these songs remind me of More Noise and Other Disturbances and Don't Know How to Party. good shit!!!!

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

i love the opening track 'A Jackknife To A Swan" It's sad, sorta... Anyways, this album is like 10 times better than Pay Attention and I think You Gotta Go! Sugar Free and Oldschool Off The Bright are the best songs on the album (in order.) i still don't think it beats songs like 'kinder words' 'toxic toast' and 'the impression that i get' though... oh well, good overall album, but not really any stellar songs.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

Best Bosstones album ever

hats off.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

Best Bosstones album since QTA! This rules!

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

the 'tones got me into ska (believe it or not ti was question the answers, not lets face it a friend lent me in '95, ok no one cares) and at 15 i was changed. they rock. i've heard two songs off it and they both kicked ass, one is sugar free, u didnt mention it in the review and its fuckin amazing also.very punk driven song, so much energy its hard to believe these guys are in their 30's.

Fuzzy (July 9, 2002)

go take a listen to Don't Know How to Party. For some reason this album really reminds me of it, without being too derivative like so many other bands end up doing. God, this is like...such a fucking good album. I haven't heard the retail yet, just the prerelease..but I hope the original version of Old School (from the this time of year promo CD) is on it. But if not, you ALL need to get that mp3 (http://surf.to/toxictoast) and listen to it. It's crunchier.

This album rocks my sox so hard. City is so good. Glad to hear Dicky talkin bout Boston and the Rat closing down. It's just a shame that Dennis, Nate and Kevin couldnt be with them, but we all love Lawrence, Chris and Roman jsut as much.

aubin (July 9, 2002)

I've never been a big Bosstones fan, though I still thing "Someday I Suppose" is a terrific song. That said, this album totally changed my view of them; I guess some people might say that they pulled a "Borders and Boundries" in the heavy rock/punk influence, but I wouldn't say so. This is a rockin' album with some of the most enjoyable ska stuff that I've heard in awhile.

Let's see how I feel in December, but could be a top ten record.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

i agree with everything everyone here said. the bosstones have never let me down and from what i hear, this is another quality release from them. can't wait to get it!

CallingLondon (July 9, 2002)

i can't WAIT to get this album. i'm buying it today along with the new chili peppers album. both come out today. i've heard this album from their stream and it's awesome. this one mops the floor with their last album.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

I am picking this cd up as soon as I get out of my cubicle for the day. I can't wait. I hear its a quality cd from the second best band to come out of boston (the greatest city in the entire world)... ever. (behind dkm of course). The song on the warped tour comp fucking rules, i just know the rest of the album will be even better.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

this is like the fucking 7th coming for me. The best band in the land, throwin down some more good shit for us once again. The boys are back.

FloggingDay (July 9, 2002)

I have to agree with everyone. One of the better reviews I've seen. Good work.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

It was great seeing these guys on Kilborn, I love their stuff and I'm looking forward to buying the cd :)

kirbypuckett (July 9, 2002)

awesome review, i'm looking forward to this cd!

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

The BossToneS are back!!!

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