For Your Own Special Sweetheart

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For Your Own Special Sweetheart is the third album by Washington D.C. post-hardcore band, Jawbox. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_0

It was produced by Ted Niceley, best known for his work with Fugazi. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_1

This would be the band's major label debut, as they had left Dischord Records to sign with Atlantic Records. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_2

It is also the first album to feature Zachary Barocas on drums, as he replaced original drummer Adam Wade two years prior. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_3

The album was not much of a commercial success, despite being well received by critics. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_4

"Savory" was the album's first single, followed by "Cooling Card". For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_5

"Motorist" and "Jackpot Plus!" For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_6

had previously been released on a Dischord single and were newly recorded for this album. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_7

The album was remastered and reissued by DeSoto in 2009 with three bonus tracks (b-sides from the "Savory" single) and new cover art. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_8

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SourceFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_header_cell_0_1_1
AllMusicFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_2_0 For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_2_1
The A.V. ClubFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_3_0 AFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_3_1
Chicago TribuneFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_4_0 For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_4_1
Drowned in SoundFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_5_0 9/10For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_5_1
Entertainment WeeklyFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_6_0 B+For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_6_1
Los Angeles TimesFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_7_0 For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_7_1
NMEFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_8_0 7/10For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_8_1
PitchforkFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_9_0 9.3/10For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_9_1
Record CollectorFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_10_0 For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_10_1
SpinFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_11_0 7/10For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_0_11_1

The album received very positive reviews upon release. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_9

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." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_10

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." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_11

He concluded by calling it "music of intelligence and intensity, superbly recorded." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_12

Retrospective reviews (published mostly upon the album's reissue) have been even more positive. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_13

Jason Heller called it "the group’s crowning achievement" and "one of that decade’s most lasting, magnificent discs." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_14

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." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_15

"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." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_16

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. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_17

Instead, Jawbox honed their sound, maximized the resources at their disposal, and made a record that hides behind no extraneous instruments, sounds, or ideologies." For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_18

"Savory" was covered by Sacramento rock band Deftones with alternative rock group Far on Deftones' B-Sides and Rarities album. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_19

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PublicationFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_header_cell_1_0_0 AccoladeFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_header_cell_1_0_1 RankFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_header_cell_1_0_2
Alternative PressFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_1_0 The 90 Greatest Albums of the '90sFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_1_1 38For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_1_2
PitchforkFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_2_0 Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_2_1 19For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_2_2
Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (2003)For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_3_0 70For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_3_1
LAS MagazineFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_4_0 90 Albums of the 90sFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_4_1 15For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_4_2
MagnetFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_5_0 Top 60 Albums 1993-2003For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_5_1 49For Your Own Special Sweetheart_cell_1_5_2

Track listing For Your Own Special Sweetheart_section_2

Personnel For Your Own Special Sweetheart_section_3

All personnel as per AllMusic. For Your Own Special Sweetheart_sentence_20

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  • J. Robbins – vocals, electric guitarFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_1_0
  • Bill Barbot – electric guitar, vocalsFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_1_1
  • Kim Coletta – bass guitarFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_1_2
  • Zachary Barocas – "traps" (drums)For Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_1_3

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  • Ted Niceley – production, engineering, mixingFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_4
  • Tim Gregory – engineering (assistant)For Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_5
  • Drew Mazurek – engineeringFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_6
  • Geoff Turner – engineering, mixingFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_7
  • Jim Saah – photographyFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_8
  • Shawn Scallen – photographyFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_9
  • Katherine Davis – photographyFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_10
  • Jason Farrell – art direction, graphic designFor Your Own Special Sweetheart_item_3_11


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