Jimmy Eat World
Chase This Light


3.0
good

Review

by Davey Boy STAFF
May 28th, 2008 | 49 replies | 3,861 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A passable listen with only so-so replay value, Jimmy Eat World’s sixth album is a disappointment considering their previous quality work.

Jimmy Eat World is a band that deserves a lot of credit for their past accomplishments. In 1999, they conquered the then little known emo genre with their 3rd album Clarity. With 2001’s Bleed American, they successfully added some freshness to the power pop genre leading to mainstream success. Then in 2004, the under-rated Futures was a darker hybrid of all that they had performed previously. Unfortunately, the band’s next direction has not been so successful.

Whether it was a lack of ideas as to where to turn next, the under whelming commercial success of the previous album, or just an admission that some kind of Bleed American Part 2 was their pathway to greater success (which it admittedly was), Jimmy Eat World have returned to the world of power pop with their 6th album Chase This Light. But to even compare this to the vastly superior Bleed American is practically a crime. What we have with this recent release is a grouping of predominantly sugary-coated light fluff that the likes of Brittany Spears & The Backstreet Boys would consider including on their next albums.

This is not to say that Chase This Light is a total write-off & cannot be enjoyed to some success. Lead single & album opener “Big Casino” could easily fit on their successful 2001 effort. And with it’s likeness to one of the best songs of the past couple of years, The Killers’ “When You Were Young”, it’s almost an unashamed but understandable foot in the door of mainstream access come the year 2008. The three tracks that immediately follow pretty much all try to be variations on the same formula & sum up the album as a whole. But they simply are not strong enough songs to be totally successful. None of them are awful because the band are melodically sound & know all the tricks of the trade to keep you sufficiently happy while listening. But the songs themselves are hollow & borderline superficial, while not having the catchy hooks that good pop(-rock) songs do.

In addition to the opener, the closest thing to a strong song is track 5, “Electable (Give It Up)”. It’s actually a very simple & short song that contains far too many “oh, oh, oh, oh’s”, but it is delivered with such a pace, energy & enthusiasm that makes it far too difficult to dislike, while also being very catchy. But then, in a great example of why track order is so important for any album, the slow & long “Gotta Be Somebody’s Blues” stalls any momentum started by the previous track. It’s actually not a bad song in isolation as it has a moody & brooding atmosphere about it which showcases some impressive instrumentation (especially the bass & strings). But its placement is all wrong & it would have been better suited being one of the final tracks, if not the closer.

As if the previous track never existed we get the short & throwaway “Feeling Lucky”, before launching into the album low-point; Track 8 “Here It Goes”. I kid you not, this synthetic sounding dance-pop number sounds like something a sketch comedy show would create when trying to spoof a boy band. And that’s pretty much how it comes off too; An inferior sounding Backstreet Boys rip-off mixed with a little bit of an advertisement jingle! Thankfully, the final three tracks do restore some order as far as tempo & mood goes, but once more there isn’t anything special amongst the trio. “Firefight” does remind me that the band has a drummer, while the closing “Dizzy” does have a pseudo epic feel to it & is deceptively catchy for a slower paced song, but falls short of being anything other than an above-average album track.

Reading back over my review, it sounds overly harsh. This may be one of those albums where the beauty is in the ear of the beholder. And it should be noted that I have spoken to a few fans of the band who actually like the carefree & positive vibe that the poppy music conveys. Some even feel that my lowlight “Here It Goes” is one of the stronger tracks on the album because it manages to break the mould & sound different. But for mine, Chase This Light is a disappointment. If this album had been a debut, I’m unsure how I would have regarded it; Promising or simply part of the pack. But the bottom line is that it’s not. It’s made by a quality band that has been plying their trade for over a decade. Unfortunately, Jimmy Eat World’s sixth album is simply not memorable enough & does not contain enough genuine quality. It is simply a passable listen with only so-so replay value.

Recommended Tracks: Big Casino, Electable (Give It Up) & Dizzy



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ArmorForMusic
September 7th 2009



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel you underestimate the excellence that is "Dizzy" and "Here It Goes". Those are incredibly strong tracks.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll give you 'Dizzy', but I still stand by my opinion that 'Here It Goes' is so un-JEW like. They are capable of much better than this.

I think this was my first ever review for Sputnik. Seems soooo long ago now!

MentalityOfA
September 8th 2009



1213 Comments


Big Casino was a greeat pick for their first single off of this album.

Mordecai.
September 8th 2009



8270 Comments


good review. great band

Mordecai.
September 8th 2009



8270 Comments


woah, this review is old, didn't get much attention which is a shame.

YouAreMySilence
September 8th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incredible album.

AtavanHalen
September 8th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I liked this :-)

YouAreMySilence
September 8th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Favorite JEW album I think.

Mordecai.
September 8th 2009



8270 Comments


my favourite jew album is "In Defense of the Genre"...
wait.... wha?

AtavanHalen
September 8th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My favourite Jew album is Live At Stubb's

Mordecai.
September 8th 2009



8270 Comments


yeah that's pretty jew

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"woah, this review is old, didn't get much attention which is a shame."

Nah, it got more attention at the time of its writing in March. However, there was a big database crash that affected the site in May last year that wiped almost 3 months worth of reviews out. So when it got reposted in May '08, everyone ignored it... Probably because I had to re-post about 20 reviews in one week!

"Favorite JEW album I think."

So wrong.


AtavanHalen
September 8th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I give myself to you from the essence of my being

YouAreMySilence
September 8th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So wrong.

I know I'm in complete minority but I have enjoyed this record in its entirety more then anything else they've done.

AtavanHalen
September 8th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Clarity.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I guess I should never say an opinion is wrong, so I take that back.

I can see how someone might not prefer the more "out there" Clarity, but in comparison to 'Bleed American', I just don't get how anyone can prefer this album. The title track, Get It Faster, The Middle... Sweetness. Ahhh, so good.

YouAreMySilence
September 8th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't get me wrong Cautioners is probably one of my favorite JEW songs, but Bleed America was pretty hit or miss.
And Clarity kind of bored me after a while, but it did have some of their best moments.

I feel that with this JEW really feel natural, and Big Casino has to be like the most anthemic song since like Baba O'Riley.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No, 'Bleed American' was not "hit & miss". There was not a bad song on there IMO. Oh well, we will agree to disagree I guess.

And there is nothing at all "natural" about 'Here It Goes'. Nothing, I tells ya.

YouAreMySilence
September 8th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm I think I must go on a JEW listening spree just to make sure my opinuins are intact haha.

I still can't get over how good Big Casino is though.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2009



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I definitely have no issue with 'Big Casino'. I recall that when I first heard that, I thought that these guys would finally be huge to the mass populous.



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