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Album Review

After being dropped by Capitol, Jimmy Eat World returned in 2001 with their most consistent and accessible album to date. Recorded entirely on the band's dime, before they had a new record deal, Bleed American features compelling lyrics, driving guitar work, and insanely catchy melodies. Left to their own devices during the recording process, it wouldn't have been surprising if the band had turned out another layered, sprawling album akin to their previous full-length masterwork, Clarity. Perhaps sensing that they wouldn't be able to top their previous work when it came to spacy emo, Bleed American heads in a new direction. There are no 16-minute songs here, just straight-ahead rock & roll, performed with punk energy and alt-rock smarts. The title track sets the tone for the album with its blistering guitar attack and aggressive vocals. "A Praise Chorus" and "The Middle improve upon that formula, maintaining the forceful instrumentation but toying with the lyrical themes. "A Praise Chorus" uses the most basic of rock emotions for lyrical inspiration, "I wanna fall in love tonight," while lifting lyrics from Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover," They Might Be Giants' "Don't Let's Start," and Mötley Crüe's "Kick Start My Heart," among others. When used in a song about the comfort and trappings of nostalgia, this borrowing comes off more like a well-placed tribute than stealing. "The Middle" offers a pep talk about self-acceptance and fitting in, and one of the most memorable guitar riffs this side of Angus Young. Bleed American's quieter moments recall some of the band's signature instrumentation from their previous work. Gentle keyboards, bells, and stirring background vocals from former that dog. member Rachel Haden enhance the understated beauty of ballads like "Hear You Me" and "Cautioneers." Haden's most enjoyable contribution, however, is to the up-tempo rocker "The Authority Song." On the surface a song about a song (John Mellencamp's "Authority Song), it also name drops the Beatles' "What Goes On." The numerous references to other bands and other songs reveal that although Jimmy Eat World is a critically acclaimed and incredibly talented band, the members are really just rock fans themselves. If they maintain this level of quality, however, don't be surprised if the next generation of ambitious rockers start writing songs that pay tribute to Jimmy Eat World. [Bleed American was retitled in the wake of 9-11, more tastefully titled simply Jimmy Eat World.]

Customer Reviews

rip ily

the song 'hear you me' now means a lot to me. at a mass for a friend of mine who passed away two days ago, they played 'hear you me' and also provided us with lyrics. its such a great song with amazing lyrics and a beautiful tune, and now it is a reminder to me of an amazing person in my life. ily so much frazza rip

Truly Fantastic

Jimmy Eat World’s self tilted album (also known as “Bleed American”) is a hands down masterpiece. It truly covers the entire range that JEW has come to embody: hard rocking songs, emotional and dreamy songs, and the more middle tempo motivational songs that JEW is famous for. Best Songs: 1.Bleed American – (10/10) – This is the perfect hard-rocking song complete with all the screams, wails, shredding guitars and pounding drums. 2.Hear You Me – (10/10) – This song is a masterpiece. It’s a slower song with the richest lyrics and touching melodies 3.My Sundown – (10/10) – An often overlooked song. It is the quintessential slow JEW song, but it is totally awesome. The parts at the end where the female vocalist overlaps with the main vocalist are awesome 4.A Praise Chorus – (9.5/10) – Also an awesome up-tempo song. It is one of those great motivational songs with solid lyrics. It gets me pumped up. 5.The Middle – (9/10) – Duh. This song rocks. Yes, it is kind of poppy, but that’s OK. It works brilliantly 6.Sweetness – (9/10) – Also a fast one. You gotta love the “whoa-oh-ohs” Worst Songs: 1.Get it Faster – (7/10) – Honestly, there isn’t a bad song on this CD, but if I had to pick the worst, this would be it. It’s not bad, just mediocre with a somewhat boring chorus Honorable Mention: 1.Cautioners – Not the best song on the CD, but definitely a great song that is frequently overlooked

best album EVER

this is certainly JEW's best album. every song is great. starts off fast and ends slowly... mmmm i love it. heres to you Jimmy Eat World and to more albums like this. i wish there was more than 5 stars.


Formed: 1994 in Mesa, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Once a trailblazing name in the mid-'90s emocore scene, Jimmy Eat World eventually found a larger audience by embracing a blend of alternative rock and power pop that targeted the heart as well as the head. The band's influence widened considerably with 1999's Clarity — an album that has since emerged as a landmark of the emo genre — it was the band's follow-up (specifically the infectious single "The Middle") that crowned them as major figures in commercial rock. The emo label proved...
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