- Audio CD (July 17 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Compilation
- Label: SUBURBAN HOME
- ASIN: B0000AC8OF
- Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
For the first time ever, Dying Wish Records has brought together a group of bands from all over the world to pay tribute to Jawbreaker - all on one album. The Dying Wish Records Jawbreaker Tribute features 17 brand new, unreleased, Jawbreaker cover tracks plus 1 bonus track from some of today's most popular, up-and-coming, and legendary bands. With this album we aim to inspire and expose a new generartion of fans to the music of Jawbreaker.
The highs: The standout on the CD is Duvall's version of 'Busy'. They slow it right down and really bring out the emotionally charged lyrics. Ashtray Monument, Boat Dreams from the Hill (or "Boat"), Kiss the Bottle, and Jinx Removing all get some nice makeovers.
Touching anything from "Dear You" is a lofty goal indeed. Honestly I think only Fall Out Boy and The Reunion Show get it right. Bayside's 'Chemistry' isn't bad, though.
Lagwagon has a FAR superior 'Want' and they should have been on this album.
If you like Jawbreaker, yI think you'll like this comp. It's not Jawbreaker, but hey, it's not supposed to be.
It is obvious that most of these bands were influenced a great deal by Jawbreaker, as many of them sound very similar in style. Unfortunately, some of the bands try too hard to sound like them, and end up sounding like generic pop-punk covers. The songs that are best on this album are those that are the most different from the original versions.
The Aeffect may have provided the best contribution to this album, with a heavily synthesized version of "Boxcar". The Reunion Show performs "Unlisted Track" plugged in and with a full band, giving it a much more upbeat feel. Kill Your Idols does "Do You Still Hate Me" in typical Jawbreaker fashion, but with the much lower, hoarse vocals, it has a completely different feel. Duvall slows down "Busy", making the already emotional song even more dramatic. I also like Nerf Header's rendition of "Chesterfield King"
Not all of the songs meet with such success. For Amusement Only and Riddlin Kids provide energetic but generic renditions of "Shield Your Eyes" and "Jinx Removing", respectively. Jeff Ott performs an interesting but too-drawn-out version of "Jet Black", complete with the same Walken monologue at the end.
Most of the other songs are interesting the first couple times, but are soon forgettable. After giving this album a few listens, I have mixed reactions. Some songs are done very well, some are done poorly. If you are a big Jawbreaker fan, you may very well like this album. Just realize that, like all tribute albums, these songs will never be as good as the originals.