Chase the Light
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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
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Chase this Light seems to combine the sounds of Bleed America and Futures. There are more upbeat songs like Bleed America, but they seem to carry that quiet maturity that made Futures so unique and amazing.
The only song I didnt really like was Feeling Lucky, which sounds like a good song but just a little too pop sounding for me.
Check it out is you liked any of their albums, I can't tell you who they sound like as they are in a groove all of their own ;)
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With "Futures" in the rearview, Jimmy Eat World went back into the studio with no expectations of what the new album would sound like. Lead singer Jim Adkins' only goal was to create the very best album that his band could make at the time of the recording. After three years in between albums, the resultant "Chase This Light" made its way to stores in the Fall of 2007. The album comes across as a blend of the band's previous two albums, combining the catchy pop songs of its self-titled album with the uptempo rock songs on "Futures." The album plays out as such.
1. Big Casino- 9/10
A catchy opener and great choice for the lead single off the album. A smart blend of pop and rock that is oozing with machismo.
2. Let It Happen- 9/10
A rocking uptempo song with a sick yet simple chorus. One of the best on the cd.
3. Always Be- 9/10
The second single off the album, this track is a mid-tempo gem that showcases the band's unique instrumental blends.
4. Carry You- 10/10
The best song on the album, and most likely the third single off the album. Amazing lyrics that build up to a beautiful climax.
"Roll down the window, let the cold air come in,
Slap my face just to feel, to feel you somehow again"
5. Electable- 8/10
An uptempo rocking song with a sing-a-long chorus.
6. Gotta Be Somebody's Blues- 7/10
Not the best slow number Jimmy has created, but a solid tune nonetheless.
7. Feeling Lucky- 7/10
Another uptempo tune with a bit of a retro sound to it.
8. Here It Goes- 9/10
An amazingly catchy song that will lead you to visions of people rollerskating around a rink as a giant disco ball spins. Listen to the song and you'll know what I mean.
9. Chase This Light- 9/10
A beautiful ballad with emotional lyrics and a great drumbeat.
"Confetti Rainfall"- what a great line.
10. Firefight- 7/10
A mid-tempo solid number.
11. Dizzy- 10/10
Jimmy Eat World knows how to close an album out with style. This searing rock song is filled with solid lyrics and heartfelt emotion, and rivals "Carry You" for the honors of best song on the album.
With "Chase This Light," Jimmy Eat World proves once again that they are incapable of making a bad album. The light at the end of the tunnel for these Mesa rockers shines brighter with each effort, so here's to hoping that JEW continues to chase this light for many years to come.
That being said, he can still write some decent pop tunes. The songs that stand out are the sugariest, goofiest ones: whether it's the cheesy synthesizers and handclaps on "Here It Goes" or the Angels-and-Airwaves-like chorus of trained seals on "Electable (Give It Up)." "Big Casino" sounds like vintage Jimmy but in a good way, bringing back some of the magic of "Sweetness" while peppering it with high-soaring guitars and clean vocal harmonies.
But for every hook that could spend hours in your head, there's an uninspired dud. The snoozefest "Carry You" and thouroghly annoying "Feeling Lucky" would have been better as b-sides. Some of the melancholy songs (particularly "Gotta Be Somebody's Blues") bring to mind the contemplative sonic soundscapes of Futures, but their inclusion in the album makes them token downers.
In all, Jimmy Eat World plays it safe. The few chances it takes it succeeds, which is why it's somewhat disappointing. It begs the question: why not take more chances? Jimmy has done much better than this. I know I'm not alone in saying that I hope they find ways to push themselves into new territory, regardless of record label aristocracy or slick producers.
Chase This Light recalls the style of Bleed American with it's tight melodies and song structures, however, my least favorite songs from Bleed American(Authority Song, Your House) were more favorable than many of the cuts from "Chase". It seems the band took the sound of Static Prevails, Clarity, and Futures and discarded it for a record with more commercial appeal.
The lack of an actual hard-rock song dissapointed me as well. Every other Jimmy album had one: Static was filled with 'em; Clarity had Your New Aesthetic and Blister; Bleed Am. had the title track; Futures had NothingWrong. Chase's heaviest track would have to be Let It Happen, but that is taking the word 'heavy' to a whole new low.
With all my disappointment in the new record, I still gave it a 4/5. Why? Because the record is NOT BAD!!! It is a solid piece of candy-coated, rock-tastic, sugarplum goodness, and that is how it should be received. Jim's lyrics are enticing, catchy, beautiful and true. The instruments are layered quite nicely throughout (especially on 'Gotta Be Somebody's Blue's'), and the songs are great to listen to while on the road. I will always enjoy the music these guys create, no matter what path they decide to tread.
This album is most comparable sound wise to the self-titled album. The first 5 tracks are all up-tempo, rocking tunes - something I think there was too little of on "Futures". I would classify eight of the eleven songs as fast-paced. The only ballads being: "Gotta Be Somebody's Blues", "Chase This Light", and "Dizzy". Out of these I only really enjoyed "Dizzy".
Even if the music isn't technically groundbreaking, it is danceable - and the choruses are catchy. Thematically, the lyrics deal with what every Jimmy Eat World album has dealt with: relationships, finding happiness, break-ups. Nothing new - but it doesn't have to be to be good.
This is hands down one of the best albums of the year. It will please longtime Jimmy Eat World fans and is accessible to those who have never listened before. If you're debating getting the entire album, listen to the first 5 tracks and I guarantee you'll go for the whole album. Highly Recommended.