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Album Review

Of the five tracks on Jimmy Eat World's 2005 EP Stay on My Side Tonight, three are songs the band worked on during the recording of Futures but decided didn't work on that record. It is hard to see why they were left off, as they are as good as — if not better than — some of the more pedestrian material that did make the cut. Maybe it is the slightly less polished sound, and maybe it is the fact that they aren't surrounded by 50 minutes of similar-sounding songs, but the three songs have more life and power than one might expect. "Disintegration" is an epic dirge that builds impressively and ends with the chanted vocals that give the EP its name; "Closer" is a hooky, lightweight pop tune that harks back to the mood of Bleed American; and "Over," while slightly less impressive than the other two, is a decent emo ballad. The other two tracks are interesting but not vital. They gamely cover Heatmiser's "Half Right" but can't quite find the magic that Elliott Smith was so effortlessly able to conjure up. The Styrofoam remix of Futures' "Drugs or Me" is OK, with the vocals glitched into near oblivion and the tune bouncing along on a bouncy, broken beat. So there's nothing earthshaking, but fans will want to grab it, and those who were put off by the slick surface of Futures might take some solace in the slightly stripped-down sound — and hope that Jimmy Eat World continue to shed their studio sheen by the time the next album is recorded. [Stay on My Side Tonight was also released on LP.]

Customer Reviews

Awesome.

Everytime I see Mark Trombino's name on any album I feel a wave of nostalgia, as if this could be as good as Clarity was. For once I'm not in any way disappointed. Disintegration is definately the highlight on the EP and makes the entire thing worth an own. It has such a unique sound that made their early work so genre bending. Regardless this is an EP like indie bands used to make.

Really satisfying EP

If you're a fan of Futures, or any of Jimmy Eat World in general, you'll dig this EP. The first song, Disintegration, is an excellent display of a hard hitting JEW song, out of the same vein of Night Drive. Over & Closer are very similar to Kill & The World You Love, meaning they are very good. Then comes Half Right, a Heatmiser (Elliott Smith) cover. My favorite song on this disc, and I'm really happy JEW decided to cover it. The Drugs or Me remix is unusual for Jimmy Eat World. I personally never like remixes, but this is pretty neat and a 3 1/2 out of 5 to me. Over all this EP is one of my favorites, and you ought to pick it up from Amazon, Best Buy, or a local record store.

a step forward or backward?

it's very interesting to see how bands pushed into the mainstream fight back. whether intentionally or not, jimmy eat world has successfully acknowledged their roots in emo by "staying away" from overly slick production. i, for one, kind of miss hearing little things like in-tune vocals and well thought out song arrangments (i'm a slave to the 3 and a half minute song). but it is absolutely a breath of fresh air to hear such a critically acclaimed group remember their roots. i only hope they set out to pay homage to humble beginnings and didn't just get sloppy.

Biography

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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