Jimmy Eat World
Chase This Light


3.0
good

Review

by Against Miik! USER (6 Reviews)
October 16th, 2007 | 5 replies | 2,281 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid album for another band, but for Jimmy Eat World, it lacks that certain epic feeling we have come to expect

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This album is a bit hard to review, to be quite honest. Until this point, for my money, it doesn't get any better than Jimmy Eat World. Clarity, specifically, might be one of my favorite albums of all time. Absolutely flawless. It's sad, that Clarity came out in the early part of their careers, because nothing they do again will compare. But the releases that followed were all good in their own repsect, and didn't make me love the band any less.

This is the case with JEW's latest release, Chase This Light. What we have here is an album that many other pop rock bands might consider their greatest moment. However, for Jimmy Eat World, it doesn't quite live up to previous releases. The classic sound remains. The title track, as well as the tracks 2,3, and 4 will have you singing along and tapping your toes by the second chorus. The weakest track on the album, "Gotta Be Somebody's Blues", really does not stand up to the bands previous balladesque tracks, and I was really looking forward to the next "For Me This Is Heaven", but unfortunately this is nowhere to be found.

A recurring complaint of many bands is that they haven't changed their sound over their careers, and many will put this label on Jimmy Eat World. But why is this a problem? They have a good style. They write original songs that don't all sound the same. But you still know it's Jimmy Eat World. And this is what you get with this album. A Jimmy Eat World album.

So it may seem like I have mostly rave reviews for this album. Not the case. When reviewing albums, epsecially by established groups, it is my philosophy that the album should be compared to the bands previous work, not the overall music scene. Why CTL may hold up compared to the rest of the genre, there is definitely something lacking when compared to, say, Clarity. It's something you can't quite put your finger on. An intangible. It's that feeling you get when you pop an album in and from the first note to the last the hair on the back of your neck stands up. That is the feeling I get with Clarity. That I am listening to something special. That doesn't happen here. I think fans will agree with me.

With the exception of a few standout tracks, the rest of the album, at worst, seems to be over before it started. There are a lot of seemingly incomplete thoughts, like entering a conversation 5 minutes into the fact, and leaving before it over. That is my best attempt to sum up Chase This Light. I walk away slightly disappointed. I've been waiting this for so long, and I kind of get a "Thats It?" feeling by the end. However, as previously alluded to, that is only in comparison to previous work. Perhaps thats not fair, but thats the way I operate. The album overall still has a fun feeling, and it is still JEW. Hopefully it will grow on me, as albums tend to do. But for now, it's just missing that certain something.

Recommended Tracks
Let It Happen
Always Be
Carry You
Here It Goes
Chase This Light



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  • Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
    Chase This Light is a mixed bag filled with tracks that are typically brilliant along with...

    TH3FU (4)
    Pulling The listener Into A Warm Embrace Of Colour And Sound...

    Davey Boy STAFF (3)
    A passable listen with only so-so replay value, Jimmy Eat World’s sixth album is a disap...

    SAvaGE888 (4)
    The overall sense of optimism and energy found on this album hasn’t been matched since J...

  • Tyler Fisher EMERITUS (4)
    The full realization of the band's pop rock sound that sounds cheerier and more celebrator...

    Ben Greenbank (2)
    The sound of a band running desperately low on ideas......


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Against Miik!
October 16th 2007



215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The 3.5 rating might be a bit high at this point. Quite honestly, I give them the benefit of the doubt because I love JEW. Hopefully my review was pretty fair and unbiased though.

lunchforthesky
October 16th 2007



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review for a third, keep up the good work. I wanted to like this because I love JEW, but it's just not a good album imo.

Against Miik!
October 16th 2007



215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You know after realizing that 3.5 corresponds with "great", I did lower it to a 3.

Foodforthegods
October 16th 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say it's between 3,5 and 4. I love JEW. Being a metalhead I enjoy this band on relaxing time and summer time.

soldyoursoul
October 17th 2007



54 Comments


I've got to agree with you. I'm disappointed as well. There were far too many "fun, crazy, happy" pop songs and close to no poetic, emotional ballads which have been present in the past albums.



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