Jawbreaker - Bivouac (Cover Artwork)


Jawbreaker: BivouacBivouac (1991)

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: fatheadfathead
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Exactly how I felt, Blake. There was once promise in music, our society, and humanity in general. But all that hope is fading fast. I've seen bands use what was once the most offensive type of music and exploit it into a money making, trend setting industry. I have seen violence and hatred pla.
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Exactly how I felt, Blake. There was once promise in music, our society, and humanity in general. But all that hope is fading fast. I've seen bands use what was once the most offensive type of music and exploit it into a money making, trend setting industry.

I have seen violence and hatred plauge our planet, our country, and yes, our neighbors. Everyone knows about the 'terrorist attacks' in New York, but few know about the Siek individual(which is a completely different religion than the Muslim faith) in Phoenix Arizona U.S.A., who was murdered simply because he resembled the attackers. It is this type of blind, ignorant violence that will eventually be the untimely end of humanity.

The intesity of this Jawbreaker album can only be paralleled by Earth itself. Aggressive and up-front often, but underlying and soft at times as well. Songs like 'Chesterfield King' will go down as one of the greatest love-songs off all time(in my book anyway), while others such as 'Donatello' reach deep into the realms of saddness. 'p.s.New York is burning' is disturbingly accurate, almost a decade in advace. It is a complete rollercoaster of human emotion, from depression to rock-stardom. In high school, I was sure I would be the one to write beautifully ugly songs, intensively disgusting and yet softly ellegant at the same time. To my disgression, it had already been done.

Little did Jawbreaker know that the sloppy, ear-aching sound they were playing would eventually be over-produced, capitolized, and distributed to the masses as 'emo'. However, they took the often stagnite punk rock sound to a whole new level of experimation, intesity, and emotion, while remaining raw and unscathed.

'Bivouac', what appears to be your average, run-of-the-mill punk record, is everything but that. An unpredictable, inventive, lyrically-genius album ahead of its time.

In a day where one sees eveything he wishes he didn't see, there is an answer...


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hamonrye (May 31, 2013)

my favorite of theirs.

AnEpicProblem (April 5, 2010)

Mandatory 5 stars for a Jawbreaker release.

hamonrye (March 26, 2009)

favorite record ever

deadelectromix (January 27, 2008)

What a lot of people don't seem to know is a lot of the lyrics on this album were written by Chris.
Oh no! Blake lost some hero worship!

Bivouac is the greatest song that has ever been or will be written.

Windfall (April 8, 2007)

Tour Song is my favorite song ever.

Anonymous (January 22, 2006)


Godfather (September 27, 2005)

Jawbreaker's most hardcore CD...

You must own this album.

Sciulli (July 8, 2005)

Big = best song EVER

CorpseOfMyMotivation (June 19, 2005)

This is the most ridiculous review ever.

Just for the record, I knew about the guy in Phoenix and love Jawbreaker. But holy shit. What a ridiculous review.

cosma (December 23, 2004)

amazing album. one of the most true and self spoken albums by jawbreaker. blake shares alot of private situations from his life in this album. "pure sweet hell"

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

dumb new schooler's, no idea what jawbreaker means to me and every other old school rocker, the ataris can kiss my white ass, fucken shot you in the head. drunk emo/rock with passion go back to watching mtv, fucken lamers. still trying to find dear you on vinayl??

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

kirby people can voice their opinions if they want, if they think a band sucks they can think that. Ataris Suck, long live king banna

Anonymous (May 28, 2002)

oh yeah, i played operation ivy for him once and this is what i got. "man this sounds like reggae. i see sublime has left their mark". i couldnt help but laigh. later on he said "this guys voice is horrible". i replied "no, this guys voice is punkrock". that shut up the fuckin poser.

Anonymous (May 28, 2002)

my idiot friend (big ataris fan) was playing the ataris in his car one day. i almost laughed when he said "listen to this song, the lyrics are fucking great". the song comes on and it's boxcar. i tell him that it's not their song, it's a jawbreaker song and he says "jawbreaker huh? they gotta be pretty cool with lyrics like that". a few days later he's driving in my car and i put on jawbreaker and turn it to boxcar and tell him to listen. this is what i got from him "the ataris version is better". i almost drove off the road when he said that. "what the hell? jawbreaker sings the song with raw passion while ataris just do a lame by the numbers cover". "whatever dude, just cuz it's the original doesn't mean it's better". "the ataris version has no heart". "yeah it's got good music instead". i swear to fucking god i wanted to kill the kid right then and there. my best friend is a fucking idiot. ah well, what can you expect from someone that listens to blink 182 and sum 41.

Anonymous (October 15, 2001)

I like quite a few probably never heard of Jawbreaker, and if it wasn't for the Ataris and a couple reviews, I probably wouldn't be listening to them either.

And, even though the Ataris play some bubble-gum punk, it's still pretty good, and I thank them for helping me fine one kick ass band...jawbreaker

Kirby Puckett

coldjuly (October 11, 2001)

Phewwww, That scared me...glad you WERE only joking.

Jawbreaker is among the best..they could kick the ataris' arses anyday.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

actually yes i was joking when I said that...i just wanted to see how people would respond... the ataris are pretty good but jawbreaker is definetly much better

-Monkey hustle

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

i wasn't bashing the ataris like most of the posts were. I've liked them for a while (althought I haven't listened to any of their albums in a good minute). They are a pretty good band, but htey need to expand their song writing a bit. I will say that one of my many punk show highlights was going fucking nuts at an Ataris show when they played 'Boxcar', while a bunch of clueless 15 year olds stood there asking themselves 'when are they gonna play San Dimas, man?' I felt like a king. Jawbreaker rules!. -fathead

KirbyPuckett (October 10, 2001)

You guys bash the Ataris a whole hell of a lot, give them some credit, Jawbreaker is one of their biggest influences. If you don't like the band, shut the hell up, and keep the opinion to yourself.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

this is THE jawbreaker record its creepy dark but somehow chesterfeild kings (yes best love song ever maybe best song ever) and tour song fit perfectly with all the noise. blakes gift is this he can make depression into a record. the funny thing is on sept. 11th i happened to pick this cd for my disk man when i left for the train at 7am.

ncg1 (October 10, 2001)

Yes. Great band. Very great band. The idiot who said they covered an Ataris song really needs to be slapped.

Also, the "over-produced, capitolized, and distributed to the masses 'emo'" that you speak of isn't even emo. Gosh I'm darn tired of explaining that to people. So just go to www.fourfa.com. That has all you need to know about what is really emo.

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

that comment had to be a joke. please tell me you were joking when you said ' jawbreaker covered the ataris'.please,please,please tell me you were joking.- fathead

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

holy shit, someone thought jawbreaker covered the ataris....lol. Keep listening to sum41 buddy...

Anonymous (October 10, 2001)

damn Australia and their over priced import cds. now i need to find $40 to buy this cd


boxcar1 (October 9, 2001)

ATARIS COVERED JAWBREAKER because they wish they could be half the band Jawbreaker is, talentwise, integrity wise, influencewise, and intelligencewise. I hope you were joking.

icK-x-Strife (October 9, 2001)

I've never heard the album so this score is for the band.

- icK-x-Strife

coldjuly (October 9, 2001)

Jawbreaker cover the Ataris??? these guys are old enough to father the guys in the ataris..and are much much better as well.

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

I haven't heard this yet, didn't they cover an ataris song though?

coldjuly (October 9, 2001)

Good review of one of the best bands ever. what more can be said???

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

thanks to the editor for cleaning this review up a little for me. i was cross-eyed drunk when i wrote it, but it turned out ok i guess.- fathead

Anonymous (October 9, 2001)

Yeah nice review..never heard the album myself though. Might check it out. You obviously had nothing to put under "Related Links" =P

sickboi (October 9, 2001)

2 thumbs up...Fathead, you've done it again...

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