Bleed American (changed to self titled after the September 11th attacks) is the highest selling album to date for Mesa rockers Jimmy Eat World, and with good reason. This album is chalk full of toe-tapping hits, ranging from emotional ballads to catchy pop rock tunes. The deluxe edition of this album boasts many live versions and b-sides, collecting them all up and placing them neatly in this two disc set. This collection is a must have for any die hard Jimmy Eat World fan. The standouts of the rarities are as follows.
1. Your House - 2007 Studio Version
Simply put, the newly recorded version of this song is amazing. Somehow, Jimmy Eat World took an already exceptional song and made it even better. Filled with more harmony and backing vocals, this new version alone is enough of a reason to purchase this album.
2. No Sensitivity - From The German Pressing Of The Middle Single
A great uptempo tune that has only been available previously as a b side, this song is deserving of its placement on this album and has been a hidden gem for most fans.
3. Last Christmas - From The Limited Edition Better Looking 7-Inch Single
A pretty creative take on the WHAM classic. This is definitely a unique Jimmy Eat World cover that they play every now and then at their live shows during the holiday season.
4. Hear You Me Inner Ear Recording - From The Believe In What You Want DVD
A solid version of an amazing song. For those who have seen the DVD, this is a highly anticipated song to have in MP3 format.
5. The Most Beautiful Things - From The Japanese Good To Go EP
Another solid B-Side that previously was only available via imports.
Jimmy Eat World has put together a great package of songs that really make this a solid purchase for any die hard fan. For those looking to hear more from this alternative quartet, I recommend purchasing the two discs they put out after this album, "Futures" and "Chase This Light," both exceptional pieces of work from extremely talented and passionate musicians.