40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time

C'mon get sad: the best of punk rock's moody younger sibling

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Cap'n Jazz, 'Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports ...' (1995)
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7. Cap'n Jazz, 'Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports ...' (1995)

"I would say 90 percent of the lyrics on that record were all written in one night, the first time I ever took mushrooms and sat by a campfire," said Cap'n Jazz vocalist Tim Kinsella. "Yeah it was just, the whole record, lyrically, was just this one night in the woods in Wisconsin." Upon first listen, one might dismiss Cap'n Jazz as a sloppy experiment between a bunch of band geeks gone wild. But little did anyone know that their first and only proper LP would provide a significant blueprint for dozens of emo and post-hardcore acts to follow. Tim Kinsella briskly slurs cracked lines like "Hey coffee eyes/You got me coughing up my cookie heart," scrambling to meet his kid brother's erratic time signatures. Kinsella's zany lines meet some zanier blasts of French horn in "Basil's Kite." Victor Villarreal and Davey Von Bohlen (later of the Promise Ring) temper the absurdity with perfectly sublime tendrils of guitar and bass – before shredding it all to bits, most exemplary in the thrashy "¡Qué Suerte!," a skittish love song for a very skittish crush. S.E.

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