Review: Glorious is perhaps the best word to capture the essence of 'Clarity'. Overflowing with flawless melodies backed up not only by magnificent musicianship but a ton of heart, this is the album that renders the label 'emo' redundant. Every note and syllable resonates with the kind of heartfelt emotion we'd like to think is poured into everything we listen to.
Name: Bleed American
Review: Forced to change the name of the record to 'Jimmy Eat World' in the wake of 9/11, the bands' third album saw them taking a far more rocked up, anthemic direction. While slightly less intricate, the radiant melodies remain in force and the sheer exuberance driving the whole thing ensured that they deservedly picked up a ton of new fans.
Review: Sticking largely to the formula of 2001's 'Bleed American', 'Futures' mixes crunchy, rockier numbers with delicate, fragile songs, everything shot through with heart and honesty. While the title-track is a stomper to die for, 'Kill' and epic closer '23' proved that their grasp of heartrending melodies and soul-searing sentiment is only getting stronger.
Name: Static Prevails
Review: It's tricky to pull a wild card from Jimmy Eat World's career because there has been little in the way of curveballs, so their first album 'Static Prevails' will have to suffice. Inarguably yielding numerous gems, it's the sound of a band still forming their identity, which makes it an overall marginally less satisfying listen than the records that followed.
Label: BIG WHEEL RECREATION
Review: Again, far from a bad record, 'Singles' does what it says on the tin and cobbles together various recordings from the earliest stages of their career. Displaying a predictably rawer sound with far lower production values, 'Opener' and 'Untitled' still stand among the finest songs they've released but elsewhere it's very much a hit and miss collection.