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Jimmy Eat World: Chase This LightChase This Light (2007)
Universal Music Group
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: colincolin
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Jimmy Eat World is one of my favorite bands ever. However, recent releases -- the Stay on My Side Tonight EP and the previous full-length, Futures -- have left me with something to be desired. The new release, Chase This Light, realizes what I felt their last full-length lacked: a cohesive sound tha.
Jimmy Eat World is one of my favorite bands ever. However, recent releases -- the Stay on My Side Tonight EP and the previous full-length, Futures -- have left me with something to be desired. The new release, Chase This Light, realizes what I felt their last full-length lacked: a cohesive sound that rarely falters into unsteady territory. However, unlike just about everything this band has ever done, it falls prey to what I feel is bad guidance by producer Butch Vig and muffles the band's ability to flirt with soundscapes with an overuse of radio-friendly guitar.
I'll accept with poise / with grace / when they draw my name from the lottery, / and they'll say / 'All the salt in the world couldn't melt that ice.' / I'm the one who gets away, / I'm a New Jersey success story / and they'll say, 'Lord give me the chance to shake that hand.'As strange as it seems, and hear me out on this, I find this album very relatable to Planes Mistaken for Stars' final release, Mercy. Both bands have a very me-against-the-world approach to their songwriting, and while Planes takes a very deathly and aggressive look at the times we live in, Adkins keeps his lyrics always hopeful for better days, in defense of love and possibilities.
While this is far from being the band's best release, it is a strong one. I'm not the biggest fan of the somewhat awkward "Here It Goes" and would have preferred "Be Sensible" or "Distraction" (both songs available on the UK release) in its place. I think "Be Sensible" would have really given the album a good nod to the past of the band with this new direction, and while I don't know this, I imagine it was more of a production decision as this is the second record this year that has shown an established band abandon most of their past sound. However, this time I think it works a lot better.
A not brilliant but solid release by a band that shows nothing but class in a rather tumultuous landscape of defeatist counterparts.
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