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      31.03.2012 02:12
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      The funnest, brightest, most honest album ever made

      The band 'Jimmy Eat World' have been around for a long time now and were around even longer before this albums release - its their fourth album - the one that properly thrust them into the limelight and onto mainstream rock music television and radio. 2001 was a key year in the bands career and the success is down to their solid consistency and of course this magnificent album. Theres a bit of everything for fans here, the odd acoustic number, sing alongs, heavier dark tones and despite only being 11 tracks, most songs are full to the brim averaging around 4 and a half minutes, and even if you prefer your songs to be short and sweet, you wont be disappointed as to what you'll find. Despite the 'Deluxe Edition' tag thats been slapped on top of the albums image, I am reviewing the original release only.

      Things couldn't start more seriously, with the first track 'Salt Sweat Sugar', (also known as 'Bleed American') a drop D tuned rock bash and first single released. The guitars take turns strumming notes back and fourth as Jim Adkins' tries to convince you that "I'm not alone cause the tv's on yeah... I'm not crazy cause I take the right pills everyday and rest". Short and to the point verses against the grain of palm muted guitar and snappy drums turn into the chorus all-together chant of "Salt, sweat, sugar on the asphalt. Our hearts, littering the topsoil" then onto a variation of the main riffs in the form of a solo. Straight away, the heaviest track by far. 'A Praise Chorus' changes the mood totally with its questioning stuttered and whispered lyrics "Are you gunna live your life standing in the back looking around? Are you gunna waste your time, gotta make a move or you'll miss out". Towards the end of the song, several song titles and lyrics pop in that represent the inspiration of the band, how else could you explain the completely off topic "Crimson & Clover.. Over and over" and "Our house in the middle of the street" (Madness). The second single 'The Middle' remains the bands most recognized song as a pop-rock party, uplifting teen ballad. Quiet verses where Adkins' urges you to keep the faith with "Hey, don't write yourself off yet. It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on" get thrown into a mass jamboree of upbeat repetitive reassurance "It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride. Everything everything will be just fine, everything everything will be alright alright". Easily the most memorable and the flagship of the band and album. Also demonstrating brilliant guitar prowess with another solo.

      'Your House' slows things down and acts as the albums first lovey-dovey ballad. Mostly acoustic, the songs lyrics start with what sounds like a man spilling his emotional guts to a menstruating partner - "When you're on, I swear you're on. You rip my heart right out. You rip my heart right out". The vocals are delicate and backed up with crispy clean guitar and even some hammond organ and timely special percussion effects. The song is always building, getting louder and eventually sees the frontman really stretch his voice, crying out desperate pleas of "If you still care at all, don't go, tell me now. If you love me at all, please don't, tell me now". Its a heartbreaking song that fades out into one of my favourite songs of all time. 'Sweetness' has the unconventional, almost awkward introduction of lone vocals wailing "If you're listening whoa oh oh uh oh oh". Jangled guitar, backing 'whoa's' and echoed lyrics are all so blank and downbeat that the chorus comes as a right surprise. The guitar sharply changes its downtrodden sound in the much favoured key of D and turns up the volume for raw power while everyone sings along "I was spinning free and whoa oh oh uh oh oh.. with a little sweet and simple numbing me". Reading that back its clear I can't do the song justice and I beseech you to check out the song for yourself. It rapidly grows on you and with its simplistic lyrics, I guarantee you'll be singing along to the final chorus. The chorus' are all distinct in their own way too, with the second throwing in an almighty "YEAH" and the third (after a pleasant backing vocal interlude and depressing breakdown) being accompanied by a one note piano and over emphasized, bendy guitar chords. Best song on the album in my opinion.

      Once again though, J.E.W slow things down with another acoustic ballad - This time with far greater ambitions, musically and lyrically. 'Hear You Me' seems to hit a chord with a lot of people I know, thanks to its melancholy lyrics, sang well by Jim and ever so angelically by (guest appearance) Rachel Haden, "May angels lead you in" tells you what this song is about and is a tearjerking but holy halfway point of the album. Again though, the band dust themselves of and get straight back to good ol alternative rock in 'If You Don't, Don't'. Its a sunny piano and phaser effect riddled, radio friendly track with a chord based solo and a bright disposition. "So here we are now, a sip of wine a sip of water. Someday maybe, maybe someday we'll be smarter" is well harmonized with fellow guitarists Rick Burch and Tom Linton. The darkest part of the album would have to be 'Get It Faster' considering the drawn out metallic ambiance and whispers of "I don't care what you do, I'm getting out, no nothing ever shames me". Lots of palm muting until the chorus' which aren't so much as headbangers but head bobbers. Some really nicely worked guitar synchronized breakdowns that myself and a friend have attempted numerous times, are delightfully addictive. Another favourite of mine is 'Cautioners' - a jazzy bass pumped dreamy haze of a song, full of broken up percussion and background noise. Haden also comes back for more in this, providing her ever faithful backing vocals. "You'll change your mind come monday.. and turn your back on me. Take your steps away with hesitance" is sang hauntingly then some vocal instrumentation ensues before the chorus kicks in one last time, once more with feeling, a quality track with some of the best (if pronounced) underrated bass.

      'The Authority Song' is the kind of song Jimmy do so very well, clever lyrics with a dash of personal input and a brilliant cheery chorus. "I don't seem obvious do I?" asks the band. Yes I'm afraid you do, so fantastically obvious its contagious. The intro guitar riff is also a strong reason as to why the song is so catchy. This superb album comes to an end in 'My Sundown' - a special acoustic, heartfelt goodbye that almost feels personal to its listeners. As if sitting around a bonfire on a beach at night with basic instruments, the finger clicks act like the dying embers of the fire while the entire band sing together and string some beautifully melodic tunes together, along with the vocal harmonies. Wonderfully produced and full of emotion. "I want to be so much more than this" is a fitting end to an equally wonderful album. One of the best albums I own and best of the 00's and although certified platinum, its surprising, absurd and just plain wrong that so many people still don't know about this band, "jimmy eat who?" - You're missing out if you haven't heard what this band has to offer.

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        05.09.2009 17:29
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        A must-have for any rock fan.

        Jimmy Eat World are an American rock band.Bleed American is their fourth album.I had never heard of before I got this CD for a present and I was amazed I had'nt heard more about them.Nearly every song on it is well-made and obviously a lot of effort has gone into this CD.

        You will probably have heard the song "The Middle" as it was a huge hit back in 2002.Jimmy Eat World are often mentioned in articles about one-hit wonders because of that song and that is very unfair."Bleed American" is one of the best pop records I have heard in a long time.It has a great range aswell,from the screaming rock song "Bleed American" to the mellow "Hear You Me" featuring female vocals.There are also plenty of catchy indie songs on the CD aswell like "A Praise Chorus" and "If you Don't,Don't".If you liked the song "The Middle" you will absolutely love this album.

        One minor criticism of this album is that it sort of fades out towards the end because the last 3 tracks aren't great.But that is only a minor blip on an otherwise excellent album.

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          04.06.2009 14:39
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          a decent enough album

          Jimmy eat world is a band that I have never really gotten into that much, they are an American rock band, however there songs are quite poppy and that something that I don't like in a lot of their songs, nether the less they do have some good songs and this fourth album from them was one that I enjoyed overall.

          The first song is called bleed American, one of my favourites off the album, it's a 3 minute burst of fast pop rock. The versus are very fast, more talked over than sung and the chorus is very fast paced but yet sung nicely and very catchy.

          Get it faster has to be my absolute favourite song off the album though, it starts off kind of weird with different creepy sound going on for about a minute which is a bit annoying and I wish it would just start normally as when it does start at a minute into the song it's a great song.

          The authority song is one of the catchiest off the album I think, its quite poppy and a bit gimmicky in how its sung and with the girl singing in the chorus, perhaps it would have sounded better without her singing but I'm not sure. In all though the versus are very good and the constant change of guitar make the song interesting to listen to.

          The last song on the album is the most beautiful things is a much slower song than a lot of the others, it really suits his voice as well as it seems he's toned it down a little and it does work even though im not sure he manages to quite hit some of the notes he was trying to. The lyrics are great to this one and its good to hear jimmy eat world do "relaxing".

          Bleed American
          A Praise Chorus
          The Middle
          Your House
          Sweetness
          Hear You Me
          If You Don't, Don't
          Get It Faster
          Cautioners
          The Authority Song
          My Sundown
          The Most Beautiful Things

          This album was a pretty good one from jimmy eat world, it has some really great songs on it and so I rate it fairly high, its just as a band they still haven't captured me yet and I don't really listen to them at all unless they happen to come onto my ipod when its on random

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            09.02.2009 21:01
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            The perfect mainstream rock album

            Imagine how demoralising it must be for a band to be dropped from your record label, shortly after realising one of rock's greatest ever albums? That album was 'Clarity', the perfectly formed predecessor to 'Bleed American'. The Arizona rockers have dusted themselves down, taken stock and unleashed a immediately accessible collection of songs, aimed straight at the mainstream.

            The opening title track is as fiery as Jimmy get on this album, similar in tone to such previous tracks as 'Crush' and 'Blister' - The aforementioned record label split is addressed in the gloriously upbeat 'The Middle' (The song that propelled the band into living rooms around the world). The ballads here are particularly effective, 'Hear You Me' being a tender ode to a lost love, and 'Cautioners' a creepily effective crawl - The kind that the band would return to on 'Futures'

            It may not be the perfect pop-punk album, but its several steps above the typical cookie-cutter pap that discolours our music channels. It has a heart, and a beat, it is Jimmy Eat World through and through

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            09.01.2009 15:45
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            Wholesome musical nugget stands the test of time

            Jimmy Eat World's 'Futures' has been one of my favourite albums of recent years and I was hopeful that I wouldn't be disappointed by this earlier offering. About ten listenings (in three days) later and I can cheerfully report that far from being disappointed, I'm ecstatic! I'm aware that there are plenty of reviews of this one already, but I wanted to add a few statements in praise of the group and to point out that this album remains incredibly fresh after seven years ago and that it is a far more polished release than most of the albums it will typically be lumped with in the music press.

            Jimmy Eat World are one of those groups that (along with artists such as Brand New), that will commonly be labelled using a combination of the words 'pop' 'rock' 'punk' and 'emo', with the modern focus perhaps on the last label! Their familiar songs of heartbreak, star-crossed lovers and mourning don't go too far towards dispelling preconceptions, but the quality of song writing and the universality of themes belted out with such great conviction on this record go beyond simple pigeonholing into the 'floppy fringe' bracket.

            The group blend rock, almost 'folky' lyrics and influences that sit comfortably with groups from the golden age of pop (the Beach Boys come to mind!) and this record showcases their talent well.

            Listening to the first four tracks on this album, I found myself terrified that the rest of it was going to be terrible. The first four songs are wonderful and I always found myself thinking 'how are they going to top this?' I'm not 100% sure that they do, but there's certainly plenty of good tracks that are worth mentioning.

            'Bleed American' - A 'fight song' for the band, starts things off at a fair pelt, with brilliant riffs and shouty lyrics that can carry a crowd.
            'A Praise Chorus' - Is a case of life imitating art, with lyrics of love and life direction and a brilliant motif in the chorus, where the line 'I'm on my feet, I'm on the floor, I'm good to go' sums up a track where the band sounds ready to rock and carry you along with them.
            'The Middle' - Excellent track about having the confidence to not care about what others say. Summery chorus reminds me of the Beach Boys and is a wonderful slice of uplifting, empowering pop.
            'Your House' - Stripped-back guitars and emotive lyrics tell a moving 'will they won't they' tale of love and confusion, with some enjoyable boy/girl vocal swapping duties. At points the male vocalist reaches the end of his range and his voice cracks - perhaps not desirable on every record, but it does illustrate a beautiful youthful voice singing about something with genuine emotion. *iPod users note*: there is an annoying percussion effect on this track that sounds exactly like your jog dial moving - don't panic!
            'Get it Faster' - A cracking track, with a gradual intro, menacing, downbeat drums and big rock choruses that make the group sound far more advanced than their tender years.
            'The Authority Song' - Quirky, peppy and a track to leave you with a smile on your face. Listens like an anxious young man trying to build up the confidence to ask someone out, with another set of boy/girl choruses. As enthusiastic as any good Ben Folds Five track.

            Fantastic record - buy, buy, buy!

            Ps. Sorry for the title, dooyoo is the home of the pun.

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            'Bleed American' is a Jimmy Eat World album which is well worth investing in.

            'Bleed American' is the fantastic fourth album from the excellent American rock band that is Jimmy Eat World. The album was released through Dreamworks records in 2001 and consists of eleven tracks. There are a few moments of weakness here, for the most part however the music of Jimmy Eat World is highly impressive here and there are a large number of hugely entertaining tracks contained within this 'Bleed American' album.

            For me there are five tracks here that really stand out as the strongest that the band has to offer with this album. Title track 'Bleed American' for one is absolutely brilliant; 'The Middle', 'Sweetness', 'If You Don't, Don't', and 'Get It Faster' are however equally excellent and all of these tracks are well worth listening to. All of the tracks from the band possess magnificently catchy choruses, the tracks are perfect to sing along to and if you love pop punk then these five tracks should most definitely be of great appeal.

            'Get It Faster' has always been my absolute favourite from this album, right from the very first time I heard the track it had me hooked and never do I tire of hearing this one. The guitar progresses well here, the drumbeats are strong and the melody is absolutely marvellous. The bands singer Jim Adkins has quite a soft vocal approach, one that works extremely well when combined with the bands magnificent instrumental work and always here the combination play of the two is supreme.

            Throughout this album the band shows itself to be exceptional by firing out terrific guitar hooks left, right, and centre; always here the tracks come complete with the most fabulous choruses you're ever likely to hear. There are a few tracks you may wish to skip through, nothing is bad though; it's just that some of the tracks here are better put across than others, something that's true of most bands music really.

            The bands sound here switches between pop punk and alternative rock also; it's a fine combination of sound and in the five tracks I've outlined there is just no faulting the music of Jimmy Eat World. 'A Praise Chorus' and 'The Authority Song' are two further tracks from this album release with exceptionally well crafted choruses; the vocal approach is beautiful and instrumentally also all four of the bands musicians just seem to combine together flawlessly.

            I feel that this is probably my favourite of all the Jimmy Eat World albums, it's most definitely the one with the most stand out tracks; that's for sure. Definitely give this 'Bleed American' album a listen, particularly if you're a fan of pop punk as I really don't believe you'll be left at all disappointed with what you hear from the band here. Jimmy Eat World is an excellent band and 'Bleed American' is most certainly a terrific album which is well worth a place in your personal music collection.

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              JIMMY EAT WORLD - JIMMY EAT WORLD --------------------------------- Before anyone downrates me for being off topic, id better explain why the title of the album is different from the one listed on the site, when this album was first released in 2001 it was originally called Bleed American, but only weeks after its release there was the atrocity at the world trade centre on September 11th, so the band changed the title. Jimmy Eat World formed in 1993 in Arizona, and released a selection of singles and eps, and their first full length album, which was also self titled! Very confusing. The band was then signed to Capitol Records where they released two albums, Static Prevails and Clarity, these were both quite well received especially Clarity due to its single 'Lucky Denver Mint' Then the band were unceremoniously dumped from the label, but instead of lying down and giving up, they worked even harder, touring all over the world, building up a fan base and writing material for an album. The band were finally picked up by Dreamworks Records and finally got the chance to unleash their new album on the world. The band hold Blink 182 as one of their biggest fans, in fact Tom from Blink 182 actually got the band to perform at his wedding as he first started dating his future wife at a Jimmy Eat World gig. BAND MEMBERS ------------ The band consists of Jim Adkins - Vocals, Guitar and Percussion. Tom Linton - Guitar and Vocals. Rich Burch - Bass. Zach Lind - Drums. The album was produced by Mark Trombino, who also produced Blink 182, he also plays a few instruments here and there on the album. Also featured on some of the songs is Rachel Haden who provides some vocals. THE ALBUM --------- The album is 11 songs long and clocks in at a respectable 46 minutes. TRACK ONE - SALT, SWEAT, SUGAR. ------------------------------- T
              he first single from the album, and one of the first reasons people started to take notice of this band. This opens with a crunching rocking riff, and soon builds into a catchy high paced rock tune. The verses are all played over a simple chord patter which is nice enough to keep you interested, then the chorus kicks in with some loud guitars and crashing drums, which really should be enough to get you jumping around. Vocally this is a good rocking solid performance, which features a nice duel vocal performance from both Jim and Tom, they sound a bit angry about something, but still quite tuneful and all in all a decent opening number. TRACK TWO - A PRAISE CHORUS. ---------------------------- Now this is more like it, even though the first tune was good, it doesn't compare with this, firstly they have stopped sounding angry, and a lot poppier, which really makes a difference. This is fast paced and rocking, but still poppy enough to play in front of your parents, its a perfect slice of pop rock, with a catchy guitar line running throughout the tune and some drum playing that will get you playing those air drums! The tune is simple enough, but effective where it counts, and drills itself into your head and stays there for weeks. Vocally this is better than the first song, again mainly because they are not trying to sound angry and instead they use their normal voices which are pretty cool. Again this features both singers and they really compliment each other very well, and make this an even more infectious song. TRACK THREE - THE MIDDLE. ------------------------- The second single, and probably the main reason anyone has heard of this band, the song was played everywhere at the time, TOTP, MTV, Kerrang Tv, you name it this song was there! The main reason this song was everywhere is because its another infectious slice of rock music which is quite reminiscent
              of the Foo Fighters and Weezer, whilst still keeping the bands own identity. The song features another chuggy guitar based verse, which leads nicely into a contagious chorus which you really need to sing along with. Lyrically this is a little cheesy, basically saying that people may put you down but not to worry what others think of you, okay its cheesy, but I expect its helped a few people deal with self confidence issues so it cant be bad! TRACK FOUR - YOUR HOUSE. ------------------------ Up until fairly recently this song was quite hard for me to listen to, it was basically a song which hit a little too close to home, where Id just split with my ex girlfriend and this song basically fit everything that was going through my head at the time. Well since that was a couple of years ago, and i now have a girlfriend that i love a lot and i feel a lot better about myself i can actually listen to this song with a different feeling, and its pretty damn good. Musically a slow burning rock/pop song, which opens with a nice acoustic guitar tune which is soon met by a simple but nice bass line and some very soft drums. The song features some quite emotional lyrics which give the impression that the singer has been through a fairly bad time in a relationship. The vocals portray this very well and you can almost imagine that the singer has a tear in his eye, which gives the song a lot more atmosphere and feeling. TRACK FIVE - SWEETNESS. ----------------------- This was also released as a single, but didn't receive quite as much air time as the previous two singles, which is a shame as it deserves to be heard. The song opens with just the singer with no music, which instantly gets the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. The tune is a fairly rocking little number, with the usual fast paced guitars and crashing drums. The vocals have a semi
              80's feel to them which sounds a bit odd at first, but soon fit quite well and it all comes together into a fine catchy tune, which isn't as good as previous songs but still not a bad song at all. TRACK SIX - HEAR YOU ME. ------------------------ So then just over halfway through the album and were at what is probably the best song in this collection. This is a slow rock ballad, which is filled with emotion and feeling. Musically this is a fairly simple tune, with a guitar playing a jangly tune which is accompanied by some slow precise drum beats which really drag you into the tune and give you a sense of belonging. This is the first song on the album to feature the female vocals of Rachel Haden, and this gives a really nice contrast with Jims vocals and they work really well together. Jims heartfelt vocals really hit a nerve with this song, sounding very passionate and full of emotion, really showing a lot of talent for his future in music. TRACK SEVEN - IF YOU DON'T, DON'T. --------------------------------- Another slice of catchy pop rock, which again has a lot of emotion and feeling to it. This starts off with a mid tempo drum beat and some atmospheric music with the guitars just in the background, these come a bit more to the front of the track for the chorus, but again this is more about the vocals which give the song most of its melody. Again Jim shows a lot of talent, which hopefully will continue and improve for a few years to come. During the verses he uses a fairly quiet tone which his voice is well suited to, then during the chorus he is joined by the other vocalists in the band and shows a bit more of his rocky side. TRACK EIGHT - GET IT FASTER. ---------------------------- One thing I really like about this band is that they are not afraid to try something different, and play around with new styles and sounds. This song starts with a very ambient sounding intro, which really draws you into the song, only during the chorus do the guitars get to come out, and when they do its fantastic, they come out blaring and heavy, which is a real contrast to the eerie ambient sounds of the verses, but it works amazingly well and shows a lot of thought and talent from the band members. Lyrically this is a bit of a let down, with the words not really living up to the music, but luckily the vocals make them sound ten times better. Again a nice contrast between low key vocals kicking into rocky group vocals is what makes them sound so good. TRACK NINE - CAUTIONERS. ------------------------ The first thing i thought of when i heard this song is the old 80's NightRider TV program, this uses a bassline that is very similar to the theme music to that show, which at first sounds very cheesy, but given a couple of listens and it all seems to work. As with the previous song this is quite a change from the rocky singles, and this is where the album stops being just a good rock album and becomes something a little special, the originality and ability shown by this band really lift them a bit higher than some of the more recent rock acts to emerge. Jim again gets to show the better side of his voice with this sort of song, instead of trying to rock out he can focus on his more relaxed vocals which really work well. TRACK TEN - THE AUTHORITY SONG. ------------------------------- This is a sort of 50's influenced rock and roll number played by a modern day rock band, which is quite rocking and extremely catchy, although it also feels a little like a filler. Musically the guitars get a good airing here, with a crunchy riff which is backed by some fairly low key drums and some nice percussion. What really gives this song its identity is the duel vocal performance, with both singers givin
              g a good showing and again complimenting each other very well. Maybe not a great song, but certainly catchy enough for a few listens. TRACK ELEVEN - MY SUNDOWN. -------------------------- The album ends on another one of the bands slower tunes, and another great vocal performance. This is another slow burner, and a song that takes a few listens to truly appreciate. Musically very simple with a selection of instruments all mixing together to form a light wall of sound, which isn't really a tune as such more a place for Jim to paint his vocals over. Vocally this is another song that shows that Jim is better at slow ballad type songs than rocking numbers. Here he sings very quietly and thoughtfully which gives a nice sense of atmosphere and makes a perfect album ending track. OVERALL ------- Well before I brought the album, I had only ever heard the bands rockier singles and wasn't expecting anything like the album finally turned out like. But that's why I like this so much, as the rockier tracks quickly gave way to the well written thoughtful slower songs, songs that will always make you think instead of just being plain jump around music. I would recommend this album to everyone, its inoffensive and full of quality music and vocals, some of the lyrics are a bit poor but they work well and when mixed with the rest of the ingredients form a very well worked out album. Thanks for reading, please leave any comments. Kyle.

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                07.05.2003 05:37
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                Jimmy Eat World formed in 1994 at a time where grunge was reigning. 4 friends decided to come together, and produce what would be an all-time great emo band, yet make an impact on modern rock. The Lineup: Jim Adkins - Vocals/Guitar Tom Linton - Guitar/Vocals Mitch Porter - Bass Zach Lind - Drums A previous album released, Clarity, is the main reason behind Jimmy Eat World becoming popular with the emo scene back in 1998. This album was particularly successful in Germany in 2000. After leaving their record label and funding their own tour of Europe, DreamWorks took the band on, and they worked with the producer Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Midtown) and Bleed American was released in July 2001. However, due to the events of September 11th, the name of this album was changed to simply 'Jimmy Eat World'. Track Listing: 1) Salt, Sweat Sugar 2) A Praise Chorus 3) The Middle 4) Your House 5) Sweetness 6) Hear You Me 7) If You Don't, You Don't 8) Get It Faster 9) Cautioners 10) The Authority Song 11) My Sundown Salt, Sweat Sugar was the first single to be released from the album, and did moderately well. However it was the release of The Middle and Sweetness that catapulted Jimmy Eat World into the charts and gave them the recognition that they deserve. Songs from this album have also appeared on movie soundtracks such as Van Wilder. As well as having amazing guitar riffs and fabulous drum beats (check out The Authority Song for a fine example!) Jimmy Eat World are renowned for Jim Adkins amazing and moving lyrics. These are lyrics that everybody can relate to, and will not fail to move you. Hear You Me is one of the most moving tracks, with lyrics such as "and if you were with me tonight, I'd sing to you just one more time, a song for a heart so big, God wouldn't let it live". Yet to balance the softn
                ess of songs such as Hear You Me, My Sundown & Cautioners, presented are more upbeat, edgy, classic songs that are The Middle, Salt Sweat Sugar & Get It Faster. This album doesn't just give you brilliant lyrics, it gives you musically good songs too. By this I mean how the song has been written. Listen to the way that the guitar solos harmonise & compliment eachother in Get It Faster. Listen to the drum beat in The Authority Song. Listen to the octave change in Salt Sweat Sugar. These are all significant factors which make this album stand out from the crowd. But most importantly, listen with your heart. Lie back, close your eyes, and let the music overwhelm you. ----For more details on Jimmy Eat World go to www.jimmyeatworld.com----

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                  Bleed American (now simply renamed Jimmy Eat World) by Jimmy Eat World is the album that brought Jimmy Eat World to the attention of the record buying public and it's easy to see why. Bleed American starts with the self titled track or Salt Sweat Sugar as it's also known which is full of energy and a nice loud track to start with with a great guitar riff and catchy lyrics. A Praise Chorus is one of the best songs on the album along with The Middle, another song with a great tune as does Sweetness, which is one of my personal favourites with all the wooh's in it. If You Don't, Don't (maybe the best song on the album, it's a tough choice with The Authority Song) and Hear You Me are a tad softer on the ears but are great songs which still have great tunes which seems to be something Jimmy Eat World are blessed with. Even the weakest song on the album, Your House is the work of genius. There really are no filler tracks it that good. It's hard to see why their earlier stuff didn't catch the public but this album is so good, one of the best of the year easily. In a world full of Slipknot and Korn, Jimmy Eat World are a breath of fresh air with great melodic pop tunes with thoughful and meaningful lyrics. They seem to have everything a band need with Jim's great sounding voice for their kind of music all the way to the guitar playing and percussion work. I first saw J.E.W at T In The Park last year and thought they rocked. I managed to get hold of a couple of songs (A Praise Chorus, Authority Song) and I was hooked. As soon as the album came out I got it and track by track I fell in love with this band. Each song as good as the other in different ways. 'Hear You Me' is one of the most beautiful songs ever, and 'Bleed American' is the best start to an album I've heard in a long time. Other stand out tracks for me are: 'Sweetness', 'A Praise Chorus' and 'The Middle'. I don'
                  t agree with comparisons to Green Day or that J.E.W are a punk band because they aren't, they are so much more than that. If you like beautiful melodies mixed with driving guitars topped up with emotional flavour, then you must have this album. "I want to always feel like a part of this was mine, I want to fall in love tonight" I Did!! Understandably they are likened to Blink 182 but JEW are better and not just like the aformentioned. Dont just try them if you like Blink or even New Found Glory or Weezer - if you just appreciate good pop rock music then try Jimmy Eat World, you won't be disappointed but If You Don't, Don't! Many thanx!

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                    After borrowing this album off my friend for two months it became obvious it was about time I stopped sponging off him and actually bought it myself. So I went down to HMV (ohh might write opinion about that later) and searched it out and got it. Unfortunately I kept my friends CD to use in the car and it is now three months since I borrowed the CD but I will give it back soon. What with pop dominating the charts for the past while it is great to see new bands like jimmy eat world, the Hives, the Vines, the strokes and countless others bring back good old fashioned guitar based music to the "hit parade". This album is an accomplished piece of work by a band so full of talent it hurts. The singles from the album are probably the best tracks but in actual fact they could have released any of the tracks and still have done themselves proud. Salt sweat sugar is the first track on the album and the first single to be released, and what a belter of a way to start your debut album and career. It is a great piece of hardcore sung by jim adkins with great emotion. THe second single the middle was probably the weakest of the three single but still a very good piece of music with a well worked melody. My favorite of the three singles was however sweetness. I love this song so much with its thumping drumming and great guitar piece and again sung brilliantly by jim. However, sweetness was't my favorite song on the album. I have to favorites but i think of the two of them I prefer hear you me, the other being your house. The thing which makes me prefer hear you me is the guest vocalist Rachel Haden, I have no idea what she looks like but if she looks half as good as her voice sounds she must be a real stunner. She created a beautiful harmony with jim and this really complimented the beautiful lyrics and sentiment of the song. Even if you dont like guitar music or rock or punk I guarentee you you will like this album as there is something
                    on it for everyone. PS i will give my friend back his CD tomorrow so please dont leave an opinion saying how I'm a bad friend! also iff anyone has any info on Rachel Haden please tell me everything you know

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                      06.07.2002 06:03
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                      jimmy eat world rule. strangely enough, the lead singer is called jimmy (just so you know is you didnt already) this album is so cool. it totally rules (along with blink 182 because i'm obsessed with them. lol) its rocks! sweetness and salt sweat sugar are two really kool songs off this album that you have heard its not as likely that you have heard the others unless you have the album but they are all kool anyway. i cant think of much to say (for a change so be happy while it lasts. lol) i just think that this is a really kool album and if you are in to blink 182 or new found glory and bands like that (punk/emo) than you will love this cd.

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                        In the old days, the emo-kids worshipped Jimmy Eat World as saviours. Now, of course, they have "sold-out" and the emo-kids won't touch them. This whole sellout thing confuses and irritates me, so I'm just going to say that I like Jimmy Eat World on the strength of their current album, imaginitively named "Jimmy Eat World" (Bleed American was scrapped because of Sept.11 issues), and I only got to know their old stuff (which is admittedly techinically better but the masses will definitely prefer this) through this, and its damn good! Jimmy Eat World personify popular rock. The music is upbeat and anthemy with more power chords and cheesey schmaltzy vocals than you could shake an entire tree at. It is the ultimate feel-good album. From the grinding cool of "Salt Sweat Sugar" (more like the old stuff) to the uber-cheese of current single "Sweetness", this is the kind of music your either going to love to little Jimmy-shaped bits or hate from the very bottom of your (black) soul. Yes its cheesey, at points the lyrics are verging on Bon-Joviesque (the moments when you just want to clap your hands over your ears and yell "Jim what have you DONE" and wish for the good old days when Jimmy Eat World were underground and cool) and you can see the dads bopping away to this kind of stuff, can see it being performed in stadiums. Yet, bizarrely, despite my distaste for cheese, I don't want to hate this album, and after seeing JEW play live, I'm an avid believer in mainstream American radio rock. Kill me when I start talking about Third Eye Blind. So, without further ado, here's a tracklist- 1. Salt Sweat Sugar. Originally the title track, labelled "Bleed American". An absolutely stomping opening track, a real sit up and take notice with rock hard riffs, it thunders away at a break-neck pace. Probably the hardest song on the album, and definitely the best
                        , its power-pop-punk at its finest (Did I just invent a new genre?). All in all, amazing guitars, soaring vocals, will have any self-respecting mini-mosher bouncing about like a, well, self-respecting mini-mosher. 2. Praise Chorus. One of the many cheesy, uplifting anthem tracks of the album, the lyrics are so cliched they're almost original ("Are you gonna live your life wondering, standing in the back, looking around" "Gotta make a move"). With the obligatory build-up bit ("I'm on my feet I'm on the floor I'm good to go) with chugging background guitars, building up to a deafening (if you play it loud enough to irritate the neighbours) guitary bit (to use the technical term). A nice, bouncy track that you don;t need to think too much about. Or at all. A great "theme song" (Ally McBeal style). They get bonus points for the "Our house in the middle of this street..." bit. Listen to it and you'll know what I mean. For some odd reason its a very likeable moment. 3. The Middle. One of the many cheesy, uplifting anthem...anyone else noticing a pattern? It opens with a squeaky clean bouncy guitar riff and once again the lyrics are incredibly cliched ("hey, don't write yourself off yet, its only in your head you feel left out" "do your best" "It just takes some time" and the uber-cliche "Everything will be all right"). But this one is better still. Much the same as the Praise Chorus really, except slightly harder and with the indescribable ability to have everyone from the Steps fan to the opera-listening to granny shouting out the shallow lyrics. 4. Your House. A nice change, a bouncy, soft acoustic track, with soft crooning from Jim. The sugar coated lyrics make this one another singalong. Basically your average love song sped up a little. Be ready to cringe when Jim starts wailing about "Lurve". Nevertheless, still a lovely
                        track, and the vocals add a little interest to a text-book song. 5. Sweetness. Oh dear lord (and I'm not even Christian). The cheesiest song on the album. Ah, smell the brie. Its so cheesey its almost revelling in its own cheese-factoryness (dig my invention of new words to suit my needs). Opens on a call and answer basis ("sing it back wooooooooooo....") this one is absolutely made for gigs, and having seen them live, this is one of the ones the crowd will always go absolutely nuts for. Another thundering track, it showcases the talents of the s**t-hot drummer (s'cuse my language). The great thing about this track is, it starts and stops, jolting about like your average jolty thing without ever losing its momentum. A very strong track in terms of catchiness and listenability from beginning to end, its very very easy and sweet on the ears. One gripe, they really should give the drummer more in the way of solos and challenges, because he is absolutely great! 6. Hear You me. A wandering, slow track, with Jim showing his ability to bring people to tears with his lovely voice. Makes a nice change of pace from the first five mental tracks on the album. There's some nice, well-placed use of percussion used in here too. The backing vocals are fairly ill-placed though, not only do they not fit very well, they detract from the lead voice, which is more than strong enough on its own. 7. If you don't don't. Another cheese-laden anthem track. Wow, talk about a repetitive album. "We once walked down on the beach, and once I almost touched you hand" That should give you a clue of the heights of cheese this track reaches. Still, strangely, another loveable bouncy track. I've said it before and will say it again, Jims voice really rocks. This one rocks a little softer than the others anthem-y tracks, and has the added advantage of a brilliant, buzzing solo, which isn't compilicated in any way, but is still v
                        ery nice to listen to. I love the line "I'm sorry that I'm such a mess, I drunk all of my liquor cabinet". Add a few points for that one! 8. Get it faster. Absolute blinder of a track here. A little edgier and darker than everything else on here. Starts out eerily slow with effects and a chugging riff, building into almost whispered, angelic vocals, then lurhces into loud rock oblivion. This one is moderately paced, with extremely strong vocals from Jim again. Slightly bizarre of lyrics, but then it makes a nice change from sugar-coated anthemic crooning. The rough harmonising guitars in this one make for an interesting and pretty damn great effect. 9. Cautioners. Opens with fantastic drumming with echoing effects, which are continued throughout the album. Another nice track, but to be honest there isn't anything special about this one, just soft on the ears and the brain in a typical Jimmy eat world'y way but without the usual special something. 10. Authority Song- A nice bouncy breather in between slowies. Moderately paced and superbly put together for dancing, this is another stomping song. Once again, the drummer is slightly more in focus, which is never ever a bad thing. The lyrics are pretty superficial if a bit odd, with the odd cliche thrown in. At points the track bogs itsself down a bit, and loses its pace, but it pretty much picks itsself up, dusts itsself off and continues to bop away like a teenybopper at a Britney concert. 11. My Sundown- Soft, slow sugar coated riffage again. This one is a bit of a downer, and as I've decided the job of my Jimmy Eat World album is to pull me out of a pit of gloom, I tend to skip this track. Despite that, its very good. its alternately depressing and uplifting. However, not a very impressive close to the album. Seeing as this band is bent on world domination, it would have made sense to finish on the same note as it started, loud, uplifitng and sugary.
                        So there you go. Sugary enough to have your hardened indie/emo kid turning their cute nose up at it (for some reason indie boys are always adorable) but poppy and fun enough to entertain the masses, it doesn't show any particularly brilliant lyrics or guitar playing (although the vocals and drums are very impressive) but has that annoying quality of being the perfect singalong album, summer album, festival band etc etc. Say goodbye to your roots and hello to world domination, Jimmy. But one more Bon Jovi noise and you've had it.

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                          28.03.2002 09:23
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                          Jimmy Eat World are one of those bands who don't receive the attention that their talent undoubtedly deserves. Their last release, 1999's Clarity, gained much critical acclaim but sold poorly, leading to them being dropped by Capitol. Bleed American is studio album number four, and their first release under the DreamWorks label. If there is any justice in the world, this album should finally see them reach a large audience, as it deserves to sell millions. The Album opens with the title track 'Bleed American', a song full of punk energy, which is probably one of the fastest tracks on the album. Fear not though, long time fans of the band, this is not an indication of what is to follow, although it is a very good song. 'A Praise Chorus' is a very infectious, poppy tune that stands up well against comparisons with the new Weezer album. 'The Middle' is a classic tune, a song that epitomises the sound of summer, even if it is raining outside. The track also features a very catchy, uplifting chorus, something that the band excels at. 'Your House' is a slower song that is packed full of emotion, another trend that can be seen throughout the album. 'Sweetness' picks up the pace again, and is certainly heavier than the title would suggest. 'Hear you me' is one of the best tracks on the album. It is simple, yet heart-achingly beautiful and the female backing vocals add extra depth. Believe me when I say that I cannot do this song justice with words alone, you will have to hear it for yourselves. The next track, 'If you Don't'. Don't, sounds like something from the Foo Fighters third album, and deserves to be put in the same class of song writing. 'Get it Faster' has an eerie, creeping introduction that works in tandem with occasional notes from the guitar. You know the song is going to explode, but the band keep you guessing as to when that explosion of pace is going
                          to come. 'Cautioners' is probably the weakest track on the album. The problem here being that it is dependent on too much electronic wizardry. 'The Authority Song' is quite simply fantastic. It is a poppy, infectious tune that hits you like a tidal wave of music, with huge backing vocals and handclaps. 'My Sundown' sees the album end with the band in a reflective mood. Again, it is a superb song that is packed full of emotion. Bleed American is, put quite simply, one of the albums of the year. Jimmy Eat World have produced an album that is breathtaking, beautiful and brilliant. The album mixes a wide range of musical styles and is all the better for it. It is punky, poppy and always emotional. Bleed American has confirmed Jimmy Eat World's place at the top of the emo tree, nestling easily alongside Weezer and The Get Up Kids. What more needs to be said

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                            08.02.2002 22:23
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                            Man, how long did that title take for me to think up!!! actually it took me quite a while, because the whole time i was trying to find a sentence to describe Rocks Newest upstarts Jimmy Eat World, but in the end it just didn't come to me, so i chose the title 'Sweetness', the title of arguably, one of Jimmy Eat Worlds finest tracks to date. At least that's wha tI think, and i don't care what all you player haters out there think!!! Anyway, if you haven't heard of Jimmy Eat World, then you are probably wondering WHAT hte hell they sound like...what style of music they play. Well as much as the band themselves HATE to be pigeon-holed, i am going to go with Emo-Rock. Because they are VERY emotional!!! **BAND HISTORY** J.E.W formed in 1994, with the following line up : Jim Adkins : Guitar/Vocals Tom Linton : Guitar/Vocals Mich Porter : Bass Zach Lind : Drums But in 1995 Bassist Mitch was replaced by current 4-stringer Rick Burch. Soon after the band signed to Dreamworks and released their eponymous debut 'Static Prevails' in 1996. This brought the band to a lot of peoples attention, well at least in Arizona. People either loved them or hated them, but it didn't bother the band at all. After that, the fans were to wait 3 years for the bands next album, which arrived in 1999 under the name of 'Clarity'. And this brought more attention to the band. Fortunately it was mostly GOOD attention this time. It was just after the release of 'Clarity' that the band was dropped from Dreamworks. This came as a great shock to the band. But they dug deep, saved every penny they got, and managed to write , record and produce (with help from Mark Trombino) their third album 'Bleed American'. And it was after the release of this that the band started to get recognised in the Uk. With the help of their debut single from the album 'Bleed American'('Salt Sweat S
                            ugar') the band soon got the attention the deserved over here. And that's the way they it should be. Having just relased their second single 'The Middle' and planning to release their third 'Sweetness' soon, things are looking up for the band. (of course it hasn't all been plain sailing for the band. After the tragedies of September 11th, the band decided to change the name of the album to 'Jimmy Eat World' and the track 'Bleed American' to 'Salt Sweat Sugar', because 'Bleed American' was a bit sensetive.) **ALBUM** Bleed American (Salt Sweat Sugar) A Praise Chorus The Middle Your House Sweetness Hear You Me If You Don't, Don't Get It Faster Cautioners The Authority Song My Sundown This album, really shows the diversity of Jimmy Eay World. From the guitar driven 'Salt Sweat Sugar' to the slow and mellow 'My Sundown', 'Sweetness' with it's Deftones style riffs and 'The Middle' with it's amazing guitar solo, there is something their for you even if you aren't a fan of Emo or Rock. **RECCOMENDED TRACKS** Salt Sweat Sugar - hard, wuite fast and oh so amazingly simple. This is the perfect track for all those rock fans out there. The Middle - Mellow, and bouncy, this one shows a sensetive(er) side to the band. beautifully simple, and a prefect calming track. Not frantic like 'SSS'. Sweetness - As i mentioned before, thistrack ahs a whole riff thing going on that sounds like The Deftones in a certain way. like 'SSS' this is hard, quite fast and good for jumping around to. Hear You Me - This has to be the sweetest and saddest song on the album...this is more of an accoustic track i suppose.....beautiful, and loving, this track is one of a kind. The Authority Song - Another one of J.E.W's trademark mellow jumpy, boun
                            cy tracks, this one is another track to relax too. I for one, a glad that J.E.W are getting the recognition they deserve, and if you don't understand what i am saying right now, then just go and listen to this album.

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                              A album in which the band made without a actual record company- just them and the producer, well lets see how it went Bleed American: The title track from the album. A good punk rock styled song. great intial lyrics in "I'm not alone cos the Tv's on, I'm not crazy cos i take the right pills" A good well paced track that is extremely catchy with the chorus type bit "Salt Sweat Sugar On The Asphalt our Hearts Littering The Topsoil" A Praise Chorus: Another good punk type song, great intro and in particular the great chorus with lyrics such as " I'm On My Feet, I'm On The Floor, I'm Good To Go". The Middle: Like the previous tracks this is a great punk tune with outstandingly catchy lyrics " It Just Takes Some Time, Little Girl, You're In The Middle Of The Ride.." At This stage of the Cd i was thinking that it would be the usual fast flowing Punk Cd that i usually listen to but this CD is not just a Punk-pop CD. Your House: A slower, more mellow track that comes at the right time in the album, gives the right mood after 3 fast tracks. Sweetness: Another pacy track with the extremely catchy bit (which you will sing along with) "ohhh whoa oh oh" Hear You Me: One of the best tracks from the album, not a punky one but a slow "moving" track. The tone of the track is very well enhanced by the extra vocals from Rachel Haden. If You Dont, Dont: not a fast paced punk song but not a slow song either- just the perfect mix, the vocals have a mellow tone which contrasts with the song but it works and sounds good. Get it Faster: a song that starts off very slow and progressively build ups to a fast track with the catchy lyrics "cheating gets it faster" Cautioners: The intro seems very strong sounding and you think its going to get harder and faster as it goes on, but it does the opposite. It
                              becomes a nice slower song with just the right tone and sound of lyrics. The Authority Song. This is currently my favourite from the album. Such a good upbeat track. This is the type of song that all type of music fans can appreciate. whethers its the lyrics that can be wuite hard to sing along to or the bit where it goes "aaaahhh ay" My Sundown: A good finish to this album, a very mellow song that is perfect for in the backround. Also with this CD you get a special CDextra video which has an interview with the band and the video for Bleed American.

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                            Disc #1 Tracklisting
                            1 Bleed American
                            2 Praise Chorus
                            3 Middle
                            4 Your House
                            5 Sweetness
                            6 Hear You Me
                            7 If You Don't Don't
                            8 Get It Faster
                            9 Cautioners
                            10 Authority Song
                            11 My Sundown
                            12 Most Beautiful Things
                            13 No Sensivity
                            14 Splash Turn Twist

                            Disc #2 Tracklisting
                            1 Cautioners
                            2 Firestarter
                            3 Get It Faster
                            4 Bleed American
                            5 Praise Chorus
                            6 Softer
                            7 Middle
                            8 If You Don't Don't
                            9 Game Of Pricks
                            10 Authority Song
                            11 My Sundown
                            12 Sweetness
                            13 Last Christmas
                            14 My Sundown
                            15 Spangle
                            16 Hear You Me
                            17 Middle
                            18 Your House 2007