Anyways, I like Dear You but it certainly has its weak points. My favorite Jawbreaker albums go something like this: 1) 24 Hour Revenge Therapy 2) Bivouac 3) Dear You 4) Unfun. All of their albums mean a lot to me and I listen to them frequently. They're one of my favorite bands and albums like 24 Hour Revenge Therapy and Bivouac are the soundtracks to my life. Dear You, while a very solid album, just isn't on the same level. Though songs like Chemistry and Accident Prone are among their best material.
Pitchfork is a site I really do like but I feel as if they made a MAJOR attitude improvement within the last six or seven years. Pitchfork post-2009 is a GREAT place for music. Their appallingly written review of Dear You is an example of why a lot of people take issue with Pitchfork's old way of pretentious 'too-cool' posturing. Like I said, Pitchfork is an excellent reference today but it clearly wasn't always that way and Pitchfork haven't been able to convince a lot of people to return to their site on account of insulting reviews like Dear You, Relationship Of Command (original review), Fevers and Mirrors, Robbers and Cowards, Figure 8, etc.
people here talking about pitchfork. you do realize the only album that ever got a 10 was a kanye west album. yes you heard right. obviously they live in opposite land. this album is nothing short of spectacular
I really like this release. IMHO it goes Dear You > Bivouac > Unfun > 24 Hour.. Unorthadox, sure.. But then I have my own fucking opinians. This is the easiest to listen to, methinks. Fireman, Sluttering and Bad Scene are all absoloutely wonderful.