40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time

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

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Jawbreaker, 'Dear You' (1995)
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4. Jawbreaker, 'Dear You' (1995)

Jawbreaker's fourth and final release was initially panned by fans for its major label backing and frontman Blake Schwarzenbach's polished vocal stylings. "We took a lot of flack and it became very political, but it was never a political thing to us," drummer Adam Pfahler said. "But I also remember honestly not giving a shit. … We didn't have people breathing down our necks and making us change anything, or suggesting what the sound was going to be like, and when we were done we thought we had made a great record and we looked at each other like, 'Well, either they're going to get it or they're not going to get it.'" It took awhile, but in the years that followed, Dear You has unexpectedly become one of the genre's definitive releases. From the moody darkness of "Jet Black" to the upbeat pop-punk of "Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault," Dear You sounds as poetic today as it did 20 years ago. "It was very validating to have it get so popular later," said Pfahler. "And it was a little bit like, 'Where the fuck were you guys when we needed you?'" J.B.

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