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January 13, 1998

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The punctuation in caP'n Jazz is correct, as is the obnoxious title. This band, surprisingly enough, has come to be known as one of the founders of midwestern emo rock. With former members of Joan of Arc (yep, the Kinsella trademark wincingly painful vocals are here) and the Promise Ring, caP'n Jazz influenced many other popular emo-rock bands today, including the aforementioned bands, Mid Carson July, Jazz June, the Get Up Kids, and others. This is their anthology, every song ever recorded by the band is here, including some painful covers, a terrible rendition of White Christmas, and plenty of heartfelt, loving, beautiful rocking songs. This may be a bit painful to listen to now, for these guys were just kids then. But listen to it and hear what started the sound, and hear moments of genius among these songs.

Delusions of Adequacy

Jeff Marsh