Jimmy Eat World
Stay on My Side Tonight


1.5
very poor

Review

by DaveyBoy EMERITUS
May 28th, 2008 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite adequate reasoning for the release and good length for an EP, these are average album tracks at best.

Excluding EP's released before a band has recorded their debut full-length album, I am not much of a fan of EP's at all. They are often nothing but poor excuses of filler when a follow-up is having trouble being made. Furthermore, the tracks are often best worked on at a later date to be used on a future album just in case that aforementioned trouble hits in some way, shape or form.

But there are times when EP's are indeed useful and often make sense being released. Right here we have one of them in Jimmy Eat World's 'Stay On My Side Tonight'. What occurred here was that following the mainstream breakthrough of 2001's pop-rock masterpiece 'Bleed American', the band eventually began working on their 5th full-length album with producer Mark Trombino. But due to a variety of factors, things weren't working out and the teaming didn't last the journey. This EP includes remade versions of some of those songs that very well may never have seen the light of day.

As almost as if it is a shout-out to their 1999 album 'Clarity', the band opt for a strange opener here with the almost 8 minute 'Disintegration'. Rather depressing and introverted, it's not exactly a song to cheer up your day. It gets by on the back of some of heartfelt vocals and an effectively repetitive sing-along portion towards the end of it.

The 2nd track 'Over' is smooth and melodic, which showcases the band’s main strength. Good backing vocals are used on occasions, while the song has that pseudo epic feel to it that only Jimmy Eat World can add to what is ultimately a rather standard pop-rock track. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there. 'Closer' is simply average and at 6 minutes is too long. 'Half Right' is a forgettable acoustic cover of an old Heatmeister ballad, while the closing remix of 'Futures' highlight 'Drugs Or Me' practically ruins a tremendous song.

I always find EP's difficult to rate. Sometimes it is due to a lack of length and sometimes it is due to a lack of reasoning for the release. In this case, neither factor bothers me as there is sufficient reason for this to exist and at 27 minutes long it is almost as lengthy as the occasional LP. But in this case it is not a tough decision for me to fail this effort from an admittedly favorite band of mine. At best, there are 4 average album tracks here & nothing gets close to being in the band's top 20 best songs. At the end of the day, that's really what any release is judged on.

Recommended Track: Over.



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Iamthe Nightstars
July 6th 2009


2968 Comments


Yeah, Disintegration is a pretty powerful song.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 21st 2011


10260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

guys this EP is so fucking good

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
January 23rd 2011


22500 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I was on harsh on this, wasn't I? I've nicened up since 2008.

luci
January 23rd 2011


12844 Comments


Need to get this and Clarity Live next ;D

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
January 23rd 2011


22500 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

What is Clarity Live?

cvlts
February 12th 2015


9938 Comments


sorry for the necro-bump but goddamn Davey you're so wrong on this lol

Artuma
February 12th 2015


32756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this is one of the best records jew has made

iamamanfromspace
February 12th 2015


1030 Comments


Agreed

Crawl
March 22nd 2015


2946 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disintegration is incredible

NordicMindset
March 22nd 2015


25137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ohh davey baby

minty901
October 23rd 2016


3976 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Remember when DaveyBoy give this an absolutely bizarre review?



Last 2 tracks are completely forgettable, yet still it's an incredible EP because Disintegration is just THAT good.

Futures
October 23rd 2016


10033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this rev lmao how can you not love that heatmiser cover tho

minty901
October 23rd 2016


3976 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well they did a fine job with the cover for sure but I'm always more inclined to listen to songs that are solely JEW.

Futures
October 23rd 2016


10033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love elliott and heatmiser so i dig it hard

minty901
October 23rd 2016


3976 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've never actually checked them out. Best place to start?

Futures
October 23rd 2016


10033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mic city sons for heatmiser, chronologically for elliott

matbla00
December 10th 2017


565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

has anyone seen this album cover without any text on it? it's beyond my photoshop abilities :/

SmashIsTheWay94
May 12th 2018


2249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just dropping by to say Over is very underrated

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2018


47485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

the instrumental middle of Closer is one of the best moments in their discog

Larkinhill
October 12th 2019


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A 1.5?! Holy fuck that’s so off target. Just listened for the first time and this is excellent. Some of their best stuff. Disintegration might actually make my top 5 jew songs (23 and Drugs Or Me are up there too).



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