Jimmy Eat World
Futures


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
May 1st, 2013 | 224 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great followup that expands upon everything that JEW did well on Bleed American.

Bleed American was a fantastic mainstream success for JEW and a follow-up to an album like that is often difficult to execute. Needless to say, JEW certainly released a worthy successor to Bleed American. Not only does it expand upon their newly adopted style at the time, they make it better. Songs like Pain, Drugs or Me, and 23 are the masterful songs on the record that truly make that album shine. Although this is an excellent album, it is not completely devoid of its flaws.

First of all, the flaws on the album pertain to some bland lyrics and some boring songs. The bland lyrics are apparent in Kill. This song sounds like it sound have been in every single teen drama show or at least the theme of one of them. The singer talks about a relationship that was built up too quickly. Not a bad song by any means, but it is the worst song on the album. The lyrics are extremely relatable, but the music does not move me to the point of actually feeling for what the person went through in the song. The same can be said for Night Drive. It talks about making love, but there seems to be drugs in the mix too. Work is not as weak as Kill or Night Drive, but it is not one of my favorites on this album. Although, there is no denying that the guitar work on Work is extremely catchy. All of that aside, this does not make the songs bad in any way. They just do not stand out to me.

Every other song on this album is fantastic and the best two songs on the album is 23 and Drugs Or Me. Drugs Or Me is an undeniably sad song and its title says it all. Fantastic vocals are accompanied by somber, but beautiful guitar and piano. It is one of the slowest songs on the album. The other song is 23. The music is what makes this song truly stand tall over the rest. It is my personal favorite on the album and it utilizes simple yet remarkably effective guitar work throughout and Jim Adkins vocals and appropriate lyrics about making your own ending to your life. "You'll sit alone forever if you want for the right time. What are you hoping for? I'm here and now I'm ready, holding on tight. Don't give away the end: the one thing that stays mine." Adkins sings with just the right amount of emotion on 23 just like every song on the album. His vocals are fantastic.

Futures and Just Tonight are some of the heaviest songs on Futures and Futures is an awesome choice for an opener. Just Tonight is great because the guitar is catchy as hell and the drumming is fantastic. Tom Linton on guitar and Zach Lind on drums shine on Just Tonight and Rick Burch on bass as well. Pain is easily the heaviest song and it is surprisingly the album's lead single. Considering its dark lyrics about drugs and heavy nature it is an odd choice. The song is still on of the best off the album nonetheless. NothingWrong is heavy, but does not have the same edge that Pain has. The World You Love is seemingly upbeat, but its lyrical themes are dark as well. The same goes for Polaris' lyrics.

After my first listen of Futures, I was very impressed. It is a surprisingly worthy followup to the great Bleed American. This album is not perfect, but the albums noticeable flaws are instantly forgivable. If you are interested in alternative rock with a little bit of emo thrown in there, this album is for you.

Tracks I recommend:
-Pain
-Drugs Or Me
-23
-Just Tonight



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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2013


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Night Drive is like their second best song. Tell me why you don't like it and then put it in your review. Also, don't talk about songs individually, talk about your general impressions (the lyrics are generally good with weak links, the music is sweet) and use the individual songs to back your points up. Right now you kind of have that part reversed.

toxin.
April 30th 2013


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't understand how you hate the lyrics of Kill or Work* and still love 23's lyrics.

*I could have ended the sentence here.

CK
April 30th 2013


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely an amazing album

heyadam
May 1st 2013


1710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kill has some of the most relatable lyrics to me for sure. Awesome song.

CK
May 1st 2013


4915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel like the title track is a bit underappreciated

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2013


10237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not too crazy about the lyrics in Night Drive. I just don't think it's a very compelling song. But if you think it's great who am I to tell you otherwise? And Toxin I never said I hated the lyrics. And as for 23, it's just a beautiful song to me. That part in the chorus speaks to me. The music in it has a lot to do with it I guess. Again, I don't hate Kill and Work at all, just not my favorites on the album.

patrickf1
May 1st 2013


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

23 is an absolute masterpiece, Just Tonight is fantastic, and I feel that that title track is underrated.

toxin.
May 1st 2013


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"And Toxin I never said I hated the lyrics"
hate was an exaggeration, but this:
"The unimaginative lyrics are apparent in Kill" is what i was referring to

i'm not saying your opinion isn't valid, but 95% of people who love 23's lyrics love kill's and work's (to a lesser extent) so i'm just trying to get some clarification.

i agree that the lyrics in night drive are clumsy but it's forgivable because i just think the whole thing is supposed to be clumsy

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2013


10237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There is no denying that Kill's lyrics are very relatable, but the music is just not as catchy as Work. Work is a little better. I guess that's the thing about Night Drive. Maybe "clumsy" songs just aren't my thing. It's just not one of my favorites that's all dude.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2013


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol I was trying to make you articulate better why you don't like the song to help you out, not to intimidate you and tell you you're wrong. All you tell me is that it's mundane and that you're not sure what it's about.


toxin.
May 1st 2013


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"There is no denying that Kill's lyrics are very relatable, but the music is just not as catchy as Work. Work is a little better"

ah so it's the music, not the lyrics? your review was a bit misleading in that regard. also i'm pretty sure kill was on one tree hill so good call on that anyways ha.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2013


19756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

kill is the best song ever yup

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2013


10237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I edited that one paragraph like crazy. Criticism certainly helps ha

toxin.
May 1st 2013


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

try to combine sentences to give your review better flow. lots of simple sentences in a row makes your writing a little choppy

joshieboy12345
May 1st 2013


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just Tonight was the first song l heard from these guys, and it still remains my favourite with of course The Middle.

SingingInTheRain
May 1st 2013


65 Comments


Best album ever

toxin.
May 1st 2013


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that is my least fav

DrHouseSchuldiner
May 1st 2013


5643 Comments


Havent heard yet

toxin.
May 1st 2013


12424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you won't like it

DrHouseSchuldiner
May 1st 2013


5643 Comments


Why dude ?



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