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Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker: Etc.Etc. (2002)
Blackball Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: mitchmitch
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My review of this album is considerably biased, because yes, Jawbreaker is one of my favorite bands of all time. No, really. Blake's lyrics have always managed to incite that feeling of profound understanding in me to the point where, if I were in high school, my notebook would probably have Jawbr.
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My review of this album is considerably biased, because yes, Jawbreaker is one of my favorite bands of all time. No, really. Blake's lyrics have always managed to incite that feeling of profound understanding in me to the point where, if I were in high school, my notebook would probably have Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil quotes all over it. They're the kind of lyrics where you sit around in your apartment and drink a six pack of Leinenkeugel's all alone and every once in a while raise your luke warm bottle and say "hell yeah, man, right on" out loud before slipping back out of immediate consciousness. The music also has quite a bit to it, especially for the genre. Take it from me, when the vast majority of bands you listen to brag about how few chords they can write a song around, the subtle complexities and dark but catchy harmonies Jawbreaker offers come as a real breath of fresh air. If anything, Jawbreaker deserves some sort of punk music medal of honor for not sounding like Bad Religion, NOFX, the Ramones, OR the Germs. I mean, I know it's sad, but that's quite an accomplishment.

Although this is technically an anthology album (which is evil by definition), it's not really. Collected here are all the band's 7"s, EPs, and compilation tracks. Pretty much your typical run of the mill collection type stuff, really. However, they went so far as to toss on a couple tracks that had never been used before on anything, which is quite exciting, all things considered. They wrote track by track commentray on each song, and though it was rare anything mind bogglingly relevant or even interesting was said, I must give points for effort, as I've never even seen that done before. The final touch was having Aaron Cometbus do the lettering for all the lyrics, which they also cared enough about us uber-nerdy types to include.

So anyhow, I'm sure anyone out there who cares even the slightest about music knows exactly what this sounds like. The first X songs sound like their first album, the second X songs sound like their second, and so forth. It is usually very difficult to listen to a collection like this with the frequency one would dedicate to a more traditional LP, as the lack in consistency, while definately interesting, is very trying. But this is to be said of every compilation, and my bothering to nitpick about it here is basically a waste of yours and my time. As far as 7"/comp tracks collections go, this is one of the best I've heard. Ever. Like I say, Jawbreaker rocks, and with the exception of a few tracks I could have gone my entire life without hearing ("With or Without U2" sounds like the band asking people to hate them), this is an easy way to fill in all those gaps in my record collection.

My assessment of this album is nothing new, that's for sure: If you've never heard Jawbreaker before, you're better off just buying all their albums in order. If you ARE a Jawbreaker fan, then you already own this CD and are only reading this review in hopes that I'll mention that "Caroline", contained herein, is one of the group's most amazing songs ever. Blah blah blah blah. Do you smell something burning?

 

 
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Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

Great CD. My favorite is "shield your eyes" and "with or without U2". And Mitch, your site is great. And are you still going to make the comic about the truck driver with the guy from no pants tuesday?

Anonymous (September 30, 2002)

HOLY FUCK!!! someone mentioned dirty work
the funniest movie of all time!

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

well i believe that the commentary section was indeed done before on a cd by a little band, lemme think of what there name is, oh oh, coming to me, SOCIAL DISTORTION. cd's called live at the roxy by the way. well i love nn2s keep it up.

-brandon justice

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

Mitch is pretty cool, infact he's the second most cool mitch in history next to Mitch Weaver played by norm macdonald in the film Dirty Work. Yes, so this was just a ploy to talk about dirty work, but damnit if that isn't the finest comedy work that norm macdonald and artie lang ever produced!

Anonymous (September 27, 2002)

are you all stupids?
this band rocks, mithc's comic rules and mitch ideas rules. you should listen all you say.

Anonymous (September 22, 2002)

what, world of shit isn't on this one?
wyzo

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

you are faggots
-sickboi

Anonymous (September 20, 2002)

Mitch is a little Bitch ass fucker and his comics suck
-Jason Who Also Writes Comics Therefore Deserves Worship

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

Jawbreaker is like the worst band ever they sound too much like NFG and fuck mitch

yellowtrash (September 19, 2002)

this rocks. i wonder what their super old singer was like.

punky (September 19, 2002)

IS this that band that use to diss major labels in the interviews?

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

NOFX did some liner notes for their "45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go On Our Other Records" album. And they're really funny, too. The very mentioning of the fact that I like NOFX will guarantee I be poked fun at by Mitch. But I'm prepared for that.

-Jason Who Also Writes Comics Therefore Also Deserves Worship

waste_elite (September 17, 2002)

this record is fucking awesome, as is Jawbreaker in general. mitch, i read your site religiously.

i stand by my assertion that the germs were the greatest punk band to ever exist.

johnnydanger (September 17, 2002)

Hooray for Jawbreaker and hooray for NN2S

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

i'm addicted to this record

maverick (September 17, 2002)

Whoo! Mitch from NN2S is writing for us now! WHOOOO!

By the way, this album is worth buying just for the unreleased track from the "Dear You" sessions.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

How bout raising a Pabst.....Or even an Old Style, if yer from the MIdwest!!!!

Great Band, great record...

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