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Jimmy takes over World,
By A Customer
This review is from: Jimmy Eat World (Audio CD)
This band has been threatening greatness for two albums and has finally come up with their undeniable masterpiece. While 'Static Prevails' and 'Clarity' were both excellent albums, there was something missing, the something that avoids all other efforts and only makes it into a truly classic piece of work. What that something is, I will probably never know but 'Bleed American' has it in droves.
It is at once both hard-edged and punky while still retaining the soft approach, deftly executed, that has served them so well in the past. While the record holds on to the distinctive sound that they had created, a sort of funny hybrid between emo-rock, punk and pure, unashamed pop, there is a new element at work here. It is hard to put a finger on what is different because the tracks are very much moulded in the shape of their previous incarnations but an overriding confidence and assuredness seems to add another element. You just have to press play on the first track and hear the first riff strike you like shock treatment to know what i am talking about. The title track is an anthem, a classic and it paves the way for an outpouring of other brilliantly envisioned and honed tracks that will remain in your head and no doubt in your stereo for weeks, months, years. The second track, 'A Praise Chorus' is toned down slightly but still retains a punk sound rapped in a beautiful bed of fuzzy emo-rock quitar. The refrain is magnificent, awe-inspiring. The genius does not let up. 'Middle' is another anthemic track that is so catchy it cannot be real. Will the barrage of quality tunes never end? No! 'Your house' follows, a ballad. If it was possible for a song to physically glitter, this one would. It is both immediately hook laden and subversively sweeping, mixing a soft, punk-like verse ('You tear my heart right out') with an uplifting chorus that is both cliched and formidable. 'Sweetness' follows and I'm afraid that you have to listen to it to actually appreciate the pure genius that it encapsulates. It is one of the best songs I have ever heard. 'Hear you me' is a more conventional ballad that is slow and uninteresting at first but, after a couple of listens, grabs you and pulls you into its ephemereal excellence.
What follows next are two tracks that are typical J.E.W. 'If you don't don't' and 'Get it faster' are about as run-of-the mill as you are likely to get on 'Bleed American' yet they are two extremely well devised pop tunes. 'The Cautioners' comes next and it is another ballad, much like 'Hear you me', and acts in much the same way. It's a grower but one worth the wait. 'Authority Song' is my favourite track on an album of favourite tracks. Suffice it to say, it is another song that has to be listened to to appreciate fully. In fact the whole damn album is unbelievable and must be bought. Oh, and the final track, 'Sundown', is also great, of course.
I am now a J.E.W. fan. I have only just bought 'Bleed American' and subsequently purchased the other albums quite rapidly afterwards. I have not been a fan since their beginnings so I believe I am not as bias as I could be perceived as being. I enjoy great rock music and this is one of the best rock albums I have EVER heard. This is one of those albums that will stay in my collection for years, it's energy and poignancy will never fade.
Everybody needs to hear 'Bleed American'. You must obey.