jimmy eat world

Thursday, March 9 by ernie

jew, as most bands do, has evolved over the years. theyve gone from unknown emo to mainstream pop. their first major release 'static prevails' was too rough and emo for me. their second major release 'clarity' is the album i like the best from them. they retain their emo roots but refine its rawness with a more accessible sound. not to mention being produced and mixed much better than their first release.

their next release (a self-titled release formly known as 'bleed america') almost falls into the trap of a band that compromises its sound to hit it big (aka selling out). they do hit it big with this release, reason being is because its the most mainstream poppy sounding album for them spawning singles like 'a praise chorus', 'middle', and the ever popular 'sweetness'. their latest release 'futures' has mellowed out some on the overbearing pop sugar but it almost falls into the trap that many bands fall into after their breakthrough album. the pitfall of an overproduced followup that ends up sounding unoriginal and cliche.

their near falls into the music industry traps still turned out rather well, and i can say that i do like their latter releases. but for me 'clarity' is the album where i feel jew found their equilibrium.

couple tracks off clarity:
jew - a sunday
jew - for me this is heaven

3 Comments:

Blogger jojoware said...

i obviously haven't heard enough Jimmy Eat World. I guess since Middle is the one that gets overplayed, then i suspected all of their songs were like that. Thanks for sharing.

3/14/2006 3:08 PM

 
Blogger Brian Pan said...

I definitely agree with you on Clarity. I listened to Bleed American and I didn't understand what the fuss was about. Clarity is right on and I like most of the tracks on the album.

I still don't think I'll ever understand what "emo" is but dig this album at least.

3/22/2006 10:20 PM

 
Blogger ernie said...

haha. yeah i agree that emo is a vague concept. the way i look at it, if a band is to be catagorized as emo then it has to contain (but not limited to) the following:
- somewhat independent. cant be too mainstream.
- emo usually can have a little rock, punk, folk, pop influences in it but it cant be TOO much of any of them otherwise itll cross the genre.
- be emotional. hence 'emo'. but it needs to have a certain sissy, touchy feely, sentimental aspect to it. hence the saying 'emo is for losers/babies'. while thats kind of harsh, theres a measure of truth to it.

emo kid joke:
how many emo kids does it take to screw in a light bulb?

none. they just sit in the dark and cry.

3/23/2006 12:40 PM

 

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