Jimmy Eat World
Bleed American


4.5
superb

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
May 28th, 2008 | 91 replies | 21,219 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quite simply the best pop-rock album out there due to its catchy, sing-along & memorable qualities.

Before I begin, it should be noted that this album title differs in some markets as it was originally released as 'Bleed American' in July of 2001, but changed to being self-titled months later after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. For the same reason, the opening title track was also referred to as 'Salt Sweat Sugar'.

I actually find a review such as this a little difficult to write. Why? Because I could see my adjectives becoming a little repetitive, especially the trio of "catchy", "sing-along" & "memorable". Amazingly, they are 3 descriptions that you would think a record company would love to have an album described as. So it can only be concluded that being dropped by their record company & having to make their 4th album themselves was exactly the motivation used by Jimmy Eat World to show Capitol Records what they were missing out on.

What Jimmy Eat World has done with Bleed American is taken the more accessible aspects out of their previous very good album 'Clarity' & amped them up a further notch. What does this result in...??? You guessed it, a bunch of catchy, sing-along & memorable tunes that are difficult to dislike. But where the band's real talent comes in is to never allow the individual songs to become too sugary coated. They understand that the teenage girls of the world already have their pop icons & it would be unwise to take them on. They achieve their aim by laying their melodies over strong & often interesting instrumentation.

As if to prove a point, the opening title track immediately has a purpose. With its incessant pace, up-tempo beat & surprising aggressiveness, this 1st single is a perfect opportunity for the band to show off that they can achieve a memorable & catchy song no matter what the background. Although the lyrics are a little bewildering, the vocals are tremendous & this is a sensational opener & one of the album's highlights.

Elsewhere, it is almost easier to look at possible lowlights rather than highlights as it is arguable that there is not one filler track amongst the 11songs here. Hell, even the bonus track of 'Splash Turn Twist' included on most copies of the album is a strong offering. If I was to pick 3 tracks that may cause some dissenting opinion, they would be 2 slower songs towards the end of the album ('Cautioners' & 'My Sundown') as well as 'The Authority Song' which does get mighty close to the line of bubblegum pop. But all 3 are fine & are good album tracks at worst.

Whether it's the aggression of 'Bleed American', the simplistic catchiness intertwined with the self-acceptance lyrical message of mainstream breakthrough 'The Middle', the sing-along "wohs" of 3rd single 'Sweetness', the menacing & memorable 'Get It Faster', or the beauty & emotion of genuine ballad 'Hear You Me', there is a great deal to love about this album.

It contains enough variety, excellent vocals (including fantastic backing vocals) & clever instrumentation throughout to result in a genuinely quality offering. In fact, it is quite simply the best of its kind in the pop-rock (or power-pop) genre. Why...??? Because it's catchy, great to sing-along to & memorable!

Recommended Tracks: Bleed American, Get It Faster, The Middle, Hear You Me & Sweetness.



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fractured
May 28th 2008



365 Comments


I do not agree with your intro at all... the old versions of Sweetness were so much better. I like this CD but Clarity and Futures are much better.

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SHOOTME
May 28th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

5 re-submits in one day is 4 too many.

foreverendeared
May 28th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jom said it wasn't this guys fault. he had approve the reviews since he's such a new reviewer, once he approved one, all of them went through at once

SHOOTME
May 28th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh okay.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2008



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The reason I had to post 5 reviews at the one time was because I had 23 reviews written & posted between March & May that were ALL lost due to a database crash of this website. Most people reposted all their reviews from this period around May 20, but I have been on vacation and only just got back home. I will hopefully be reposting all of my lost reviews within the next 3 days (if I can find them all) so apologies in advance for hogging up the website for 3-4 days.

SHOOTME
May 28th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ya, I remember when you had 23 reviews. Those Foo Fighters reviews were good.

Granfalloon
November 13th 2008



176 Comments


good review... this is JEW at their best, slows a little at the end, but still a solid record.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2008



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ta Granfalloon. I still this is not only JEW at their best, but pop-rock at its best.

AtavanHalen
November 13th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Matisyahu is Jews at their best

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 13th 2008



3766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nooo wai, Come Clarity slays this medieval style, like.

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2008



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nooo wai, Clarity has touches of brilliance, but I personally find it a little over-rated.
Having said that, the 2 albums are almost not fit for comparison since their themes & style are so differing. Jimmy Eat World are a band that have continuously progressed... That is, until their latest disappointing release; 'Chase This Light'.

AtavanHalen
November 13th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Clarity doesn't so much have touches of brilliance as it does complete molestations.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 13th 2008



3766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

True, but Table for Glasses and Luck Denver Mint always make me throw a big wobbly one, and I'm emo like that.

AtavanHalen
November 13th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goodbye Sky Harbour was, is and always shall be the best Jimmy song ever written.
Complete genius.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2008



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Meh, the middle section of 'Clarity' doesn't do enough for me. My personal favorites from that album are Lucky Denver Mint, Blister, Your New Aesthetic & Clarity.
And 'Goodbye Sky Harbor' doesn't scream genius to me. 10 minutes of repetitive bells & drum loops isn't exactly my thing.


Auldy
November 13th 2008



351 Comments


Clarity is impossible to get in Australia...why? Stupid record companies not keeping decent CDs in print

lunchforthesky
November 13th 2008



1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some good songs, some bad songs.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2008



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Must be an SA thing AULDY. JB Hi-Fi stock it fairly regularly in Vic. Hell, they even have 'Static Prevails'!

handoman
November 13th 2008



2386 Comments


is this post emo?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2008



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

handoman, IF you classified Jimmy Eat World as emo in the first place, then I can assure you that this is not emo.



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