Jimmy Eat World
Futures


3.5
great

Review

by i want to mort. USER (12 Reviews)
October 7th, 2014 | 84 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An inconsistent yet well-done rock album compromising the differences between its two predecessors.

With the cult status of 1999’s Clarity and the mainstream success of 2001’s Bleed American, Jimmy Eat World were at the top of their popularity when they were releasing their fifth studio album, Futures. As Bleed American was quite a standard pop rock album with a couple of massive hit songs but not really anything that made Clarity such an emo rock classic, Futures improves upon its predecessor by taking a slight step back in its approach but still recalling why Bleed American was their breakthrough to the mainstream charts. Even with its pop rock tendencies, Futures is distinct enough from Bleed American to make it stand out from the rest of the 00’s American pop rock scene, which is something Bleed American didn’t quite succeed in.

However, about half of Futures is comprised of pretty simple rock songs clocking in at under 4 minutes, and albeit being enjoyable, none of which apart from the excellent single “Work” do any effort to reach the level of catchiness of “The Middle” or “Sweetness.” Admittedly, with the exception of the late album sucker “Nothing Wrong,” there are really no bad songs on Futures, as most of them are catchy enough to enjoy at least on the first listen. The problem is that most of these tracks sound very homogenous and struggle to branch out from even the most basic song structures and chorus melodies. Especially disappointing is the lead single “Pain,” which despite of its chart success doesn’t really hold much replay value, something that is essential for a lead single. In contrast to “Pain,” the second single “Work” is much more successful with the fantastic vocal delivery by Jim Adkins and its anthemic chorus.

When looking at the better side of the album it’s the longer tracks that stand out. Be it the extremely anthemic “The World You Love,” the beautiful ballad “Drugs or Me,” the Clarity-esque “Night Drive” or the epic closing track “23” it doesn’t demand too many listens to realize that the lengthier tracks on the album just have something that the rest of it doesn’t. Even though the lyrics of “Drugs or Me” are a bit tacky at points, there is such a huge emotional charge in Adkins’ voice when he sings out the lines “You promised you promised that you’re done / but I can’t tell you from the drugs,” that it’s simply inevitable to feel at least something. Another big highlight of the album is the closer “23,” which succeeds perfectly in every way. It is a dreamy 7-minute epic about break-up, featuring superb musicianship and more memorability than any of the album’s three singles. “23” is a track showing that the band hasn’t completely forgot what made songs like “Just Watch the Fireworks” such masterpieces, although there hasn’t been too many hints of it on their later albums.

Although Futures is overall a very well-done rock album, its inconsistency makes it rather frustrating. The album’s standout tracks easily blow everything off Bleed American out of the water, but on the other hand the poppier tracks simply pale in comparison to their contemporaries on Bleed. Futures is far from the quality of Clarity, but songs like “23” and “Drugs or Me” make the album sit comfortably among the best records Jimmy Eat World has ever released, and definitely can’t be blamed for the lack of ambition.



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Artuma
October 7th 2014


29922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

in celebration of the album's 10th anniversary



please point out any grammatical errors, i'm sure there are some of them here

Crawl
October 7th 2014


2546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you listened to invented already?

Artuma
October 7th 2014


29922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeh it was ok

amanwithahammer
October 7th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was gonna say, wish I could see them on their Futures tour, then realised my friend is supposed to get us tickets for their performance in New Zealand soon... which is probably not as part of the Futures tour but well, silver lining.



Hopefully they'll be playing a lot of this album anyway since they will have just finished that tour!

Mongi123
October 7th 2014


19929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh nice art. Well read in a little while. In all honesty this prob isn't a 5 anymore. Haven't jammed in so long.

Archelirion
October 7th 2014


5611 Comments


Good review, pos'd. Maybe 'its inconsistency makes it so frustrating' might flow better at the start of the last paragraph, but that might just be personal preference.
Agree with this almost entirely, although I do like Pain quite a lot - it's quite catchy.

Artuma
October 7th 2014


29922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks aaron. yeah i tried to word that part better but i just didn't really know how to make it

minty901
October 7th 2014


3674 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's their most consistent album though. other than maybe damage.

minty901
October 7th 2014


3674 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's their most consistent album though. other than maybe damage.

Artuma
October 7th 2014


29922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

clarity all the way tho

trackbytrackreviews
October 7th 2014


3369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Clarity is better



Pos

minty901
October 7th 2014


3674 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

take blister out of clarity and we might have a serious discussion on our hands.

Artuma
October 7th 2014


29922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed blister is the weakest on clarity but the rest of the album is unmatchable in consistency

trackbytrackreviews
October 7th 2014


3369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well I can see how people wouldn't like Goodbye Sky Harbour

Mongi123
October 7th 2014


19929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review man you back you points well. Nice love for 23 too, song is amazing and one of their best.

Artuma
October 7th 2014


29922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yesss thanks a lot mongibro

BMDrummer
October 7th 2014


14374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

inb4 futures

amanwithahammer
October 7th 2014


585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hm only listened to Damages once and found it to be the first truly disappointing Jimmy Eat World album to be honest, but willing to try it again. Lean was a great track



Also agreed that this album is super consistent, this looks like a really quality review though

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2014


1386 Comments


Always meant to look into this band but I only remember while at work when, well, "Work" comes on, which has become a personal favorite song.

Crawl
October 7th 2014


2546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Invented is not just "ok". :/ It's almost as good as Clarity which makes it an easy 4.5.



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