For Your Own Special Sweetheart
It is also the first album to feature Zachary Barocas on drums, as he replaced original drummer Adam Wade two years prior.
The album was not much of a commercial success, despite being well received by critics.
"Savory" was the album's first single, followed by "Cooling Card".
"Motorist" and "Jackpot Plus!"
had previously been released on a Dischord single and were newly recorded for this album.
The album was remastered and reissued by DeSoto in 2009 with three bonus tracks (b-sides from the "Savory" single) and new cover art.
|The A.V. Club||A|
|Drowned in Sound||9/10|
|Los Angeles Times|
The album received very positive reviews upon release.
Greg Kot called the album "the quartet's punchiest record yet, surpassing in blowtorch clarity the group's earlier releases on Fugazi's Dischord label."
He praised Ted Niceley's production, writing that it "puts a vicious gleam on Jawbox's rhythm section, particularly Kim Coletta's power-tool bass."
He concluded by calling it "music of intelligence and intensity, superbly recorded."
Retrospective reviews (published mostly upon the album's reissue) have been even more positive.
Jason Heller called it "the group’s crowning achievement" and "one of that decade’s most lasting, magnificent discs."
Andy Kellman called the album "their peak, a thrilling collision of vibrant guitar-generated noise and off-center melodic hooks over a rhythm section that swings as easily as it pummels."
"Inside or outside its D.C. epicenter," he writes, "this is one of post-hardcore’s most exceptional releases, second to whatever Fugazi album gives you the biggest charge."
Matt LeMay wrote that the album "has aged exceedingly well [...] precisely because it did not pander to the aesthetic fads of its time-- mainstream or underground.
Instead, Jawbox honed their sound, maximized the resources at their disposal, and made a record that hides behind no extraneous instruments, sounds, or ideologies."
|Alternative Press||The 90 Greatest Albums of the '90s||38|
|Pitchfork||Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)||19|
|Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (2003)||70|
|LAS Magazine||90 Albums of the 90s||15|
|Magnet||Top 60 Albums 1993-2003||49|
All personnel as per AllMusic.
- J. Robbins – vocals, electric guitar
- Bill Barbot – electric guitar, vocals
- Kim Coletta – bass guitar
- Zachary Barocas – "traps" (drums)
- Ted Niceley – production, engineering, mixing
- Tim Gregory – engineering (assistant)
- Drew Mazurek – engineering
- Geoff Turner – engineering, mixing
- Jim Saah – photography
- Shawn Scallen – photography
- Katherine Davis – photography
- Jason Farrell – art direction, graphic design
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