Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jimmy Eat World - "Damage"

Pop-punk vets Jimmy Eat World are set to release Damage, their eighth album and first for new label home, RCA Records.  The highly-anticipated album was co-produced by the band and Alain Johannes (Chris Cornell, Mark Lanegan) and features ten installments of their distinct brand of emotionally-charged and punk-fuelled power-pop.  The lyrical themes on Damage are as heartfelt and visceral as ever, still dealing with emotions, yet from a more mature, adult viewpoint. 
The upbeat “Appreciation” opens the album with guitars that slide between chugging and cascading along with a catchy chorus.  The standout title track, “Damage” features a propulsive rhythm and some devastating yet hopeful lyrics about a troubled relationship teetering on collapse.  “Lean” is highlighted by jangly guitars while acoustic guitars, a shuffling beat and sunny background vocals make up “Book Of Love”.  The single, “I Will Steal You Back” explodes into its infectious chorus with the urgency of its title for another standout moment.  The ballad, “Please Say No” is led by steady acoustic guitars, piano, swells of vintage organ and rafters-reaching background vocals.  Like a flashback to 1999 or 2001, the energetic “How’d You Have Me” is built on a super-charged guitar riff and an anthemic chorus and ready to dominate the radio this summer.  Next, “No Never” uses softly chugged guitars, pounding drums and another killer chorus, proving that the band is still playing at their highest level.  “Byebyelove” is an epic ballad with a sing-along chorus, soaring strings and big drums which leads into the contemplative album closer, “You Were Good”.    
With their excellent eighth album, Damages, Jimmy Eat World again proves they are a force to be reckoned with by fusing the youthful energy of their early albums with more mature themes for their best album since Bleed American.   

Watch the video for “I Will Steal You Back” here:

For more info: http://jimmyeatworld.com/


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