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Jimmy Eat World ~ Clarity

1. Table For Glasses
2. Lucky Dever Mint
3. Your New Aesthetic
4. Believe In What You Want
5. A Sunday
6. Crush
7. 12.23.95
8. Ten
9. Just Watch The Fireworks
10. For Me This Is Heaven
11. Blister
12. Clarity
13. Goodbye Sky Harbor

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005Y7DV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sean Sadikot on January 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had never even heard of them, or the word "emo" or anything like that. All that happened was my friend heard Lucky Denver Mint on the radio once, and bought the CD. Thank God he did. He brought it to school and simply told me to pick a random track and listen, and swore that I would like the song. I did. I went through every track, and loved them all. It has been months since I bought Clarity, and I now have every Jimmy song released in some form. They are the most incredible band that most people will never know. Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 has called this CD his favorite of the millenium. He tells people he wishes they had half the talent of Jimmy Eat World. Not many people probably have their talent for beautiful music that takes you away from the dreary place you may inhabit to somewhere so much better.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on June 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a while, you come across an album that not only impresses you, but just really makes you feel grateful to be alive. Something that just makes the world that much better of a place, knowing that something like this exists. For me, "Clarity" is one of these albums. I enjoy every incarnation of Jimmy Eat World, from the raw, indie punk of the early days, to the more radio-friendly sound they've adopted more recently, but this album is where everything just really came together. "Clarity" is huge, daring, multi-layered, unpredictable, and just mesmerizingly beautiful.

Here, the band really pull out all the stops. As compared their later work, there are far few catchy hooks, instead opting for massive soundscapes, and sweeping melodies. However, that's not to say that there's no hook power to be found here, as the elegant power ballad "Lucky Denver Mint" (which was sort of a minor hit) boasts a strong, driving melody, and one of the band's best choruses. "Your New Aesthetic", the band's rousing protest against commercialism in music, toggles wildly between power pop hooks and crashing Fugazi-like riffs. "Blister" and "Crush" are fast, hard, punk rock anthems, adding a nice sense of variety to an otherwise melodic album.

But the real brilliance here lies foremost in the epic, sweeping ballads. "Table for Glasses" opens the album, with its achingly beautiful buildup, and jaw-dropping vocal harmonies. "Ten", "Just Watch the Fireworks", and "For Me This Is Heaven" (which are all in a row) are just about the most beautiful and heart-wrenching ballads you can hope to hear, and all three of them put together are nearly overwhelming. It really is just beyond words.

Elsewhere, there's plenty of other goodness as well.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Blake on April 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Currently covering the billboard charts with their radiofriendly hit, "The Middle", Jimmy Eat World's true brilliance was obviously in the past. The harder sounds of Static (although lacking maturity) still beats their now self-titled album, focused on pop and well...more pop. I love Bleed American/Jimmy Eat World, don't get me wrong. The entire CD is amazing. But after cultivating myself to the stunning emotion and beauty of Clarity...things were just not the same.
Their lyrics are emotional, deep, and the melodic soothing or the faster rhythmic songs evoke paralled emotion in me. I'm pretty apathetic usually, but when I listen to Clarity I'm as impressionable as a pre-teen girl. My personal favorites of the album are Table for Glasses, A Sunday, For me this is heaven, Just Watch the Fireworks, Clarity, and yes, the 16 minute Goodbye Sky Harbor. (I'd list more but I feel stupid writing down all of the songs).
If you want to get a Jimmy Eat World album, I suggest starting with Bleed American/self-titled (especially if you're a big fan of sweetness, bleed american, and the middle). Then buy Clarity and don't give up! It's difficult to get into, to understand or to even like, but like all masterpieces it's worth the wait. Clarity is breathtaking, smart, and just simply amazing. It's pretty much only qualm...where did the demo/original version of your new aesthetic go? oh well...I can't complain. Plainly, just get the Cd, it's really really good, you're not gonna regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EngineNumberNine on March 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Brilliantly written and flawlessly recorded, this expansive masterpiece is the personal favourite in my collection. Though the Arizona veterans continue a banner career a full seven years after its 1999 release, Clarity is almost unanimously considered their finest work to date. Their third full-length release (following 1994's elusive self-titled L.P. and 1996's Static Prevails), Clarity excels its predecessors by leaps and bounds: dropping the grittier but ultimately more pedestrian stylings of Static Prevails for richer harmonies, greater melodic poignancy and significantly more complex instrumentation, Clarity quickly proves itself both a career milestone and an indie-rock monolith.

Undergoing the most prominent metamorphosis is frontman Jim Adkins, who has no difficulty shedding his previously coarse (and frequently off-key) fare for strict melody. Fans of more recent works Bleed American (2001) and Futures (2004) would do well to look into Clarity as a somewhat transitional record for Adkins into this more polished vocal approach, which is favoured exclusively and to great effect in both subsequent releases. Equally adept at penning honesty as he is at delivering it, Adkins has always exuded a sort of effortlessness in his work, and is in top form here: he exposes sensitivity without submitting to artless cliché; he expresses sorrow without becoming overtly piteous; he embraces minimalist simplicity without forfeiting effect. In short, with Clarity, Adkins writes a record that succeeds where the vast majority of emo contemporaries have failed.
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