Jawbreaker - Bivouac
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1992 Ratings: #60 / 363
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
1992 Ratings: #238
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January 1, 1992 / Release Date
LP / Format
Post-Hardcore / Genres
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The unhinged urgency of Bivouac is an enormous moment, and one necessary to go through in order to take Jawbreaker from their naive punk beginnings to the one-of-a-kind band they grew to be before their star burned out abruptly.


Some songs are absolutely fantastic, but others are a bit boring. With that aside, I really like the experimentation on this thing, and it's a great stepping stone with how the band eventually found their sound. And don't get me wrong, there is only a small amount of songs I am indifferent to, the rest absolutely kill! Songs like Shield Your Eyes, Parabola and the monolith that is the title track prove how strong of a unit this band is.

Favorites: Shield Your Eyes, Big, Sleep, P.S New York Is ... read more


Jawbreakers Typical style. But the album is too inconsistent for me. Still a very very good album.


It's home to some of their best work, including the outstanding "Chesterfield King", but Bivouac is just too inconsistent in its tone for my taste.

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Track List

  1. Shield Your Eyes
  2. Big
  3. Chesterfield King
  4. Sleep
  5. Donatello
  6. Face Down
  7. P.S. New York Is Burning
  8. Like a Secret
  9. Tour Song
  10. You Don't Know…
  11. Pack It Up
  12. Parabola
  13. Bivouac
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Added on: February 3, 2013