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With its recurring themes of heartache and break-ups, Jimmy Eat World's eighth album feels intensely personal. Recorded on vintage equipment in the home studio of producer Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age), Damage has a warm, organic sound. The raw, no-nonsense approach makes the jangling "Lean," the plaintive "Byebyelove" and the heavier thump of "No, Never" sound even more human. Bracing opener "Appreciation" perfectly demonstrates the band's punk guitar crunch. As always, frontman Jim Adkins's emotional vocals and poignant lyrics remain the focal point.

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Can't wait!

They said this album is going to have more of a stripped down sound. First single sounds great. Don't listen to the one star reviews, they listen to Justin Bieber and call it good music. This is the real deal, no electronic trash either. Good job Jimmy, you haven't disappointed me yet.

Some it will hit you quickly… but you will fall in love with all of it if you just listen

Damage is a solid recording, and while some of their songs always get me right off the bat, some songs seem to take time. Ultimately, I have always fallen in love with their work, and this recording is no exception. I didn't really pay attention to "Appreciation" right away - other than the opening riff - but after repeated listenings I realize just how far Mr. Atkins has come in his writing. This is not a song of teenage angst or early twenties confusion. It is truly a song about just how difficult it is to remain in a long term relationship with someone and continue to find the positive (this is my own interpretation, of course, but as one who is not exactly young anymore, I find the lyrics of this song especially poignant, and they truly "hit the nail on the head" for me. Anyone who suggests that these men have not "evolved" is simply not paying attention. While the lyrics are a sure testament to their maturity, their musical sensibilities have also evolved tremendously, and as a musician myself, I love listening to their work and appreciating their creations. I encourage any Jimmy Eat World fan to suspend their judgement long enough to really listen to the album and see what they find. If you have appreciated their previous works, I'm betting that it won't be long before you fall in love with "Damage".


Jimmy Eat World used to be my favorite band. In middle school and early high school, Clarity, Bleed American, Futures, those were my jams! But, after listening to each song on this album, it's clear that they haven't evolved, and have gotten stale. I grew up, and they didn't.


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 difficult...
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Damage, Jimmy Eat World
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jun 07, 2013

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