Ok, ok, they hate the emo tag. I'll stop with that. But when you consider the genre Jimmy Eat World are often lumped in with, they sure stick out like a sore thumb. Songwriting that is always heartfelt and top-notch, without being a bit corny, coupled with professional musicianship, these guys have always stood out from the pack. In 2004, they released the highly anticipated "Futures," which packed a whallop with huge choruses and hooky arrangements. To follow it up, or perhaps bridge the gap until their next album, this very small EP, "Stay On My Side Tonight," was released last fall and went by virtually unnoticed.
Too bad, as there is some excellent material here. Let's just forget the "Drugs Or Me" remix, as it is pointless and annoying. Jimmy Eat World and remixes just don't work together. "Disintegration" is a slow-burning, sprawling epic and deserves to be heard by everyone. "Half Right" truly belongs on "Futures" and "Over" is probably the most accessible here, but that's not saying much. The material here is not overly accessible in the slightest, which is quite a change for these guys. "Stay On My Side Tonight" presents the more challening side of Jimmy Eat World, and if you can handle that, then by all means, this EP is worth picking up. Just beware that it doesn't really fit in with their other material. Is this part of a sound the group will explore in the future? Or is it just aborted studio material? I'm kind of hoping the former is the case.