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Jawbox - Novelty

Dischord, 1992, CD, Vinyl

This was before they signed to a major label. The production could be better and so you might imagine why they wanted to sign to Atlantic when they did. Apart from that this is a great record, released during the years of alternative rock and grunge of the early 90s.

They have the elements of the Dischord sound that bands like Embrace and Rites Of Spring developed but also influences from the Chicago alt-rock scene of the time. J.Robbins tells stories of abstract leftfield personal encounters while the dual guitars trade off each other in a truly great way. You can tell this is a band that know exactly how to work with each other to create a new and interesting exposition of alternative rock music. Maybe it's slightly less accomplished than their major label debut "For Your Own Special Sweetheart" which was released a few years later, but only marginally.  "Tongues" is perhaps the standout track with its dreamy vocals and sublime, sweeping guitars.

Reviewed by indigo on 03-12-2011

Keywords : emocore post-hardcore alternative rock dc hardcore noise rock

This record rated by users : 1.642 ( out of 5 ) from 28 votes.