Jimmy Eat World, one of rock's most lasting and loved icons, return with Chase This Light. The first album since 2004's Futures finds the band partnered with legendary producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins) overseeing as executive producer. Largely recorded in the band's own studio in Arizona, Chase This Light has a powerful optimism and, like 2001's beloved platinum break-through Jimmy Eat World (aka Bleed American), each song finds a way to compel the listener to keep coming back again and again to discover a new favorite. Jimmy Eat World have the unique ability to be a bands-band as well as fans-band, marrying credibility with a tuneful accessibly that makes them a permanent fixture of the modern music scene. Jimmy Eat World never stop striving to make the best music of their career, Chase This Light proves this.
The rough edges have been shaved away, but there is something admirable about the way Jimmy Eat World recovers from 2004's dreary Futures
album with a follow-up that displays all the confidence and vitality of its seminal early work. Executive-produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins), Chase This Light
is packed with huge pop moments, galloping off with the exhilarating "Big Casino" and swiftly following it with the towering "Carry You," songs seemingly custom made for action-packed pick-up truck commercials. Clarity
, the Arizona band's 1999 breakthrough, remains in a completely different class, but at least you get the sense that it's making the effort this time around, despite following what is clearly a more mainstream glow. --Aidin Vaziri