The Junior Varsity - The Great Compromise (Cover Artwork)

The Junior Varsity

The Junior Varsity: The Great CompromiseThe Great Compromise (2004)

Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: TheMarcTheMarc
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The Junior Varsity is from northern Illinois, and they play a brand of music similar to Armor For Sleep, Keepsake, and Park. While it's nothing genre-shattering, swoon-inducing, or what I like to call "BSD-worthy", it's still a fairly entertaining forty five minutes. It's gotten to the point whe.
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The Junior Varsity is from northern Illinois, and they play a brand of music similar to Armor For Sleep, Keepsake, and Park. While it's nothing genre-shattering, swoon-inducing, or what I like to call "BSD-worthy", it's still a fairly entertaining forty five minutes.

It's gotten to the point where there are a whole slew of other bands that play mid-paced pop-punk numbers with spiraling dual guitars and stop-and-go rhythms, and it's getting harder and harder to really say that which of them, if any, are really great. Yes, The Junior Varsity can play their respective instruments, as evidenced by some nice guitar lines and arrangement in songs like "House Fire" and "Park Your Car". Yes, The Junior Varsity can write songs that are fun to sing along to, like "Falling Far Behind". And yes, The Junior Varsity can churn out the occasional excellence, like the bass-driven "Anti-Climactic", and the lush and soothing "Demo Car City".

What seems to drag down some of these songs is the melody structure of lead vocalist Asa Dawson. While he has a very good voice, it seems like some vocal lines are too akward and simplistic, which ends up smothering promising songs like "The Introduction to the Faint Remembrance".

"The Great Compromise" sounds very good, as Lance Reynolds (NIL8, Alkaline Trio, Braid) keeps things very relaxed (especially on the snare sound), which works out well for the majority of the album. There are some scattered synth parts here and there, which are used pretty tastefully in "The Introduction..." and "Peter Cottontail and the Demise of the Carrot Tree". One other quick note: Tony Peck does a nice job on the drums, with some very inventive fills here and there.

As far as debut albums go, "The Great Compromise" is pretty solid, and definitely worth a listen. I wouldn't be too surprised if a little time leads to better things.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

such a low score ? please .. this cd is nothing short of amazing .

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

Asa is my brother, and i find it humorus people say TJV is big headed and cocky. Obviously you dont know them. TGC is a great cd, but just wait for their new shit. It's amazing, catch their live show and you'll understand punks. haha

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

i dont see why everyone thinks these guys are rude, u have to have some attitude to get what u want, u dont want to just be thrown around....and about the cd. its great

funkisdead (March 9, 2004)

how's this work for you.
funkisdead hates you


Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

i'll bet these people...or maybe just this person...is glad that these posts are anonymous. ya gotta love it when your name isnt included.

but since this is meant for reviews and comments, i'll do that. i love this album. the guitar work is beautifully done, and it's great when the live performance lives up to and even exceeds the recordings. this band has definitely grown a lot musically since their first ep.

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Anonymous (February 2, 2004)

argh this is fucking lame

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

sounds like all the other bands out there

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

yeah i tend to do that (i.e. confuse people). take it for what it's worth.

TheMarc (February 1, 2004)

Why is my head on your wall? I'm so confused...

Anonymous (February 1, 2004)

this score is for your head on my wall.

i have no idea what i'm talking about.

TheMarc (February 1, 2004)

Did he just call me a tripe? Or was it referring to the The Junior Varsity? Either way, I looked up "tripe", and it said "something poor, worthless, or offensive". This score is for the dictionary.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

ARRGH FUCK THIS TRIPE! Yeah, I got namechecked, motherfuckers. And what have YOU done lately?


Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

they get the "meh". everything is pretty average. and i mean everything. except the guys in the band, they are a bit "big headed" if you will.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

this album is a drag...
But BSD got name-checked in a review! That's so rad.

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

hey, aside from the band name, this is a damn good cd. i just got it off smartpunk...good quality, original stuff...looking forward to seeing them...coming anywhere near Colorado?

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

hey guys. awesome band, great music. the review tells you true. but why complain about playing last at shows? that's weak. i think that you guys should be less cocky. except for Asa, he's pretty humble about his incredible talent, and is just an all-over awesome guy. again, good music.

ThatotherGuy (January 30, 2004)

It's Up Down Up Down Left Right Left Right A B Start. You got the code messed up. And the code is not just a Konami code, it's the super code in Contra.


Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

""worst name ever"

Nah dude theres a band called up up down down left right left right B A Start. dont believe me

Anonymous (January 30, 2004)

to the last post...what are your favorite bands? honestly. also, are you in junior high or high school? subquestion, did your mommy, or daddy, give you the money to purchase the latest simple plan at the mall? oh wait, is simple plan one of the bands this site DOES post about? i keep forgetting which bands get posted and which don't...this popularity contest is confusing.

so much for a united underground scene. which leads me to ask...are you in it for the music or just for the sake of spouting out half-rate insults about people that have more talent than you...?

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

what? its hard to type when your fingers are all slippery with your father's cum, so i'll just assume that whole post was some sort of hideous typo.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

Ah, it's so refreshing to hear people's ranting and raving. Thanks everyone. Now, if you'd like to actually talk about crappy bands (and band names), how about saves the day? C'mon, I know people hate them.

As for The Junior Varsity, I downloaded the music. I liked it. A blend of many influences. Hmm, I thought that was what people considered "original". Obviously people just want to listen to their Brand New cd over and over and over.

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

i made out with Asa

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

they are soooo lame

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

dickheads indeed

FortyMinutesWest (January 28, 2004)

Keepsake used to be pretty cool, now they're beyond terrible.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

I played a show with these guys one time and they're total dick heads. They cried cause they had to play last.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

the people in this band have got a huge ego problem

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

unbelievable lame, music to watch your cock go down

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

i would have to say 2 chicks and one guy in a band that all dress up like cheerleaders and play at grade schools and shit is about as weak as it could possibly get!

devildog1507 (January 28, 2004)

listened to it, really have to say that Junior Varsity with Bam Bam Bam are great, man but this is so lame I had to put it out and listen to the dwarves "are young and good looking" which is unbelievable great. Fuck this weak shit...

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

If this is what I have to look forward to in 2004, shoot me now.

Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

"worst name ever"

Nah dude theres a band called up up down down left right left right B A Start. dont believe me


Anonymous (January 28, 2004)

worst name ever

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

these kids are way young and put on a pretty good show. Most definitly full of promise.

tyroneshoelaces (January 27, 2004)

Got this disc the other day, It's a pretty solid album.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

This album rocks! I see great things in store for these guys.

Oh yeah Devildog, there is a band "Junior Varsity" as opposed to this band "The Junior Varsity" aka TJV. TJV also had a demo out, but it was with a different singer, Noah Wenger. Asa kicks butt though.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

NIL8 owns

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

hey my friends brother is the drummer for NIL8

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

This album is great, but I promise all of you, you don't truly know how great the Junior Varsity is until you've seen them live. It blows everything you could possibly think about the album out of the water.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

These guys are amazing.. If you like the cd at all.. you'll love them that much more live....

I've seen them four times now, and it wasnt until TJV that i saw a member of a band attack another band member with their instrument (in this case asa with his bass) and then start playing it on the ground while screaming into the mic. and jumping......

Maybe you guys have seen that before though...

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

I like the font on the album cover.

I'm all about fonts anymore.

Is that a disease?

Nerf Herder rules.

- Kirby

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

awesome band saw them at the metro the other day!!! ! i was blown away! i had to buy this cd and it hasnt left my player since!! thank for making such an awesome album!!! dance party!!!

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

Braid's live album was produced by him, I think.

Anonymous (January 27, 2004)

When did Bra!d work with Lance Reynolds....?

TheMarc (January 27, 2004)

Nope, that's a different band. Although I love that "Dance, Franny, Dance" cover.

devildog1507 (January 27, 2004)

Is that really their debut. I own a LP by a band called Junior Varsity that is about 3 years old and called Bam Bam Bam. Its pretty damn great. Is that the same band????

TheMarc (January 27, 2004)

Sorry about the grammar error.

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