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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.Read more ›
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 perfect...my 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.
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.Read more ›
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Clarity is my favorite record. Too bad the listening experience is a bit tarnished by the extra tracks. For the price, they could have stuck those on a nice 7" or something.Published 1 month ago by Jesse
Chances are if you were a teenager at the turn of the century, "Clarity" meant something to either you or somebody you knew. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andy
This is one of my favorite albums ever produced, would buy it a hundred times.Published 4 months ago by lydthemusician
This is a review of the vinyl version. I'm going to focus more on what you get by purchasing vinyl as opposed to CD, and less on the music. In short, AMAZING. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Hoyt
I heard one song I liked, so I took a chance and bought the CD, but the CD did not live up to my expectations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jesse James Doty
Clarity is one of my favorite albums and I thought it was well worth the price considering it's a bit more expensive (about $10-$15 more) than most popular vinyls nowadays. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hannah
Don't wait, just buy the vinyl, put it on your hi-fi, turn up the sound and let it destroy you. I recently rediscovered this album and can't stop listening to it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sig_Fan