Jimmy Eat World
Damage is a throwback to Jimmy Eat World’s glory days in the 90’s. If this came out in the 90’s, a few songs would’ve made it onto the movie American Pie. Seriously.
The lyrics are the best part of the album. Considering the vocalist Jim was born in 1975, he seems to have unlocked his painful teenage past. Every word of the lyrics is heartfelt and honest. The lyrics are relatable for anyone, with a large range of topics not normally discussed in music.
The music overall is peaceful and soothing, unlike Futures' heavier sound. Acoustic guitars feature in almost every song. Jim's voice compliments the music perfectly, bringing a sense of joy among the sometimes painful lyrical themes. The title track Damage is one of the more upbeat and happier compositions on the album, with lyrics like 'are we too damaged now to possibly connect'.
Similar to their classic The Middle, Lean features a great guitar solo. Book of Love also features a cool little section, with a classic sounding instrument which is truly unique to the song. There are some small synth parts too, but they are limited and always fit the song perfectly like the end of Appreciation.
How’d You Have Me honestly sounds like it should have been on Bleed American. The music structure, upbeat feel and vocals will make you want to sing along. On the other hand, Please Say No is a more beautiful, slower song with lyrics about being led on, definitely taking them back to younger times.
Byebyelove was a missed opportunity. It has a huge sound, but the lyrics got a bit repetitive. Could have been fantastic if they included some more meaningful lyrics found throughout the rest of the album.
I Will Steal You Back was a fantastic choice for the first single of the album. It’s great to hear a different take on the standard love song. The simple premise and straightforward nature of the title show originality. The music itself is fantastic, with a fitting guitar solo. This is one we can expect to hear at their shows for the foreseeable future.
Needless to say, this is classic Jimmy Eat World. Long-time fans will be pleased. The stripped back, raw sound and focus on well written lyrics have turned this album into one worthy of their name.