Jimmy Eat World
iTunes Session


3.5
great

Review

by minty901 USER (9 Reviews)
August 17th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 07/22/2013 | Tracklist


Earlier this year, Jimmy Eat World released one of the most heartfelt, lyrically-driven albums of their career in the form of Damage. During their 2013 iTunes session, the band revisit some of their older, oft-untouched songs, giving them a refreshing face-lift and (for the most part) slotting them comfortably alongside and in-tone with their more recent tracks.

Some of the songs benefit enormously from the transfer, and others not so much. Where “For Me This Is Heaven” is translated into a lush acoustic number with more intricately-plucked guitar melodies than were found on Clarity, “Kill” sounds like a murky and uncomfortable re-take on what was once one of the band's most exceptionally beautiful accomplishments. The dark tone of “Kill” -- made even heavier by down-tuned guitars -- doesn't sit well with the bright and organic nature of other songs such as “Damage” and “For Me This Is Heaven”.

It was already abundantly clear that little would need to be done, compositionally, to bring “Chase This Light” -- a gentle yet somewhat underwhelming acoustic guitar-centric song from their album of the same name -- in-line with Jimmy Eat World's newest material, and little has been done. This new recording of the song shines impeccibly, however, with vocals and harmonies that far surpass those found on the 2007 studio version. “Chase This Light” once felt like a trite attempt at making a beautiful song that was all-the-while encaged by the sheened and cold context of an over-produced album. The song has found a new home in 2013, at a time in which the band has adopted an ethos of letting the hearts of their songs speak for themselves, without the unnecessary plastic polish of their previous works.

Alongside an array of new songs, we are also treated to a re-worked (in a sense) version of “Goodbye Sky Harbor”, and a pop cover in the form of Taylor Swift's “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The former is a bite-sized version of Clarity’s closing track, with the extended instrumental loop replaced for a short burst of dirty, explosive rock to close out the song (this version was played live for many years following the release of Clarity). The latter is an OK rocked-up version of a song many will have already heard, and many already jetisoned. It is an interesting cover that is musically well-suited to Jimmy Eat World, yet lyrically is demonstrably sub-par when considering the songs that come before it. As with the rest of this session, though, it's well worth checking out, even if only to satisfy your own curiosity.



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minty901
August 17th 2013


2001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not sure on the track listing. the one i put is the listing from the UK itunes store where i bought it, but ive seen it listed
differently elsewhere.

tommygun
August 17th 2013


24931 Comments


pos 4 jimmy

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DegausserGuernica24
August 17th 2013


1134 Comments


Holy fuck, that Taylor Swift cover is terrible.

minty901
August 17th 2013


2001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do you like the original?

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2013


15980 Comments


Haha I heard this a while ago and immediately forgot it. Good review, but this EP just didn't do it for me.

PS the cover of Swift's song is funny to me I'm not sure why

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minty901
August 17th 2013


2001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i think the EP would be a low 3 were it not for the fact that it means we finally have studio quality recordings of the short version of goodbye sky harbor, of the acoustic version of for me this is heaven (i think this has only ever been played once or twice at a solo go big casino song but i may be wrong), and a more competent performance of chase this light. also, despite a couple of wobbles like at the beginning of damage, this is probably jim's best vocal performance outside of proper studio albums. his singing is generally a little pitchy live but he pulls of most of these songs really well.

Cygnatti
August 17th 2013


21352 Comments


the cover wasn't bad. dig the original now.

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minty901
August 17th 2013


2001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i wouldn't say i dig the original, but yeah, as far as covers of (in my opinion) bad songs go, this one is pretty decent.

i have been wanting to review damage but i don't think i could possibly do justice to how i really feel about that album in writing. so i figured reviewing their session was the next best thing.

toxin.
August 17th 2013


12418 Comments


original is better than the cover, not that i'm a huge fan of the original either

Rowan5215
August 17th 2013


26313 Comments


Good review, pos'd. Gonna check this out now, always up for some more Jimmy.

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Rowan5215
August 17th 2013


26313 Comments


Hmm I thought this was gonna be all-acoustic, a bit disappointed so far. Most of the songs aren't that different from the originals (Appreciation for example) and yeah they kinda fucked up Kill. Goodbye Sky Harbor is nice though, love how they rock the fuck outta the chorus.

tommygun
August 17th 2013


24931 Comments


they shoulda covered i knew you were trouble instead agreed

Cygnatti
August 17th 2013


21352 Comments


Agreed [2]

DarthMann
August 17th 2013


13815 Comments


bunch of dirty JEWs

minty901
August 18th 2013


2001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe i should have been more clear in the review that these arent all acoustic. my bad.

Rowan5215
August 18th 2013


26313 Comments


It's all good man you never said they were so my mistake. I quite liked what they did with Heaven and Chase this Light so I kinda wish they had gone all-acoustic, it's a tad disappointing because the Damage songs are almost exactly the same as the studio versions.

minty901
August 18th 2013


2001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i wish they made a studio recording of chase this light solo acoustic. that one jim did at a solo show before ctl came out was magical. the full band version falls way short of that standard.

Rowan5215
August 18th 2013


26313 Comments


Yeah I agree with that. An all-acoustic version of Goodbye Sky Harbour would've been sweet too imo.

toxin.
August 18th 2013


12418 Comments


agreed[3]

tommygun
August 18th 2013


24931 Comments


sup toxman!



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