It’s been three years since Jimmy Eat World released their self-titled breakthrough CD. They rose to fame on tracks like “The Middle” and “Sweetness” and now they’re back with a new album.
Now, first off, let me just say that Jimmy Eat World is an “indie” band… always have been. The commercial success of their last album, however, had some questioning whether or not they “sold out”. Well, I think this album will prove to their fans that they didn’t. It’s darker, more experimental, and more mature… in other words, more “indie”.
Track 1, Futures, is an energetic tune with a resounding bass-line that really gets things going with some major gusto. It’s also probably the most commercial song on the album and has a good chance of being a decent single for radio and video. For me, however, the standout track on the album is #7, Drugs or Me. It starts out slow and calm, but builds throughout and ends up becoming a really wonderful “epic” track. My final favorite on the album is the closing song, 23. This is the last song on the album, so I almost overlooked it, but after a few listens it really started to grow on me. It’s a slower track, like #7, but with it’s own distinct feel and sound.
Overall, I liked this disc and even thought there were only a few favorite tracks, they were REALLY good. Does it outway the remainder of rather average songs? I don’t know, that’s your call to make, but I’d suggest at least giving this disc a chance.
**** (4 stars) / out of 5