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Jimmy Eat World – Futures

Evolution is a critical aspect of living in any realm. Music fans are often times alienated by the changes in a band’s style from one CD to another, some of which is due more to the lack of openness by the listener than the actual quality of the given release. There are examples such as Radiohead that prove evolution can not only make a positive impact on a band’s career, but their works can take music itself to a new level.


Then there are times when bands evolve into something that alienates their previous fans because they are appeasing to the masses. Selling out should only apply to the over production of the sound versus how much dinero is in the musician’s pockets. Jimmy Eat World has done very well since releasing Bleed American, a self-funded stand taken to preserve their music after being dropped by a major. Unfortunately their Futures has led them to becoming yet another cog in the mundane music wheel.

The raw quality and unique embrace that made Clarity golden has been traded in for something less genuine. From the vocals to the production, Futures goes from pretty and bouncy to languorous and reflective, but in a top 40 fashion, which again, is the alienation factor. Few I know even care or know what’s playing on “alternative” radio compared to their little sisters or nephews. It’s ironic that “Work” features Liz Phair on back-up vocals, since many of her fans were also disappointed with her most recent efforts compared to the days of Exile in Guyville.

The saving factor is Jim Adkins’ lyrical mind, which reflects a more mature look at their world and where they are in life. If only they’d let their music reflect those same qualities, Jimmy Eat World would have another golden piece of work on their hands.


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