Damage [+digital booklet]
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Damage [+digital booklet]

June 11, 2013

Song Title
Book of Love
I Will Steal You Back
Please Say No
How'd You Have Me
No, Never
You Were Good
Digital Booklet: Digital Booklet

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  • Original Release Date: June 7, 2013
  • Release Date: June 7, 2013
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 37:46
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  • ASIN: B00D3YX6Q0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,853 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "An Adult Breakup Album" June 11, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
Jimmy Eat World's Damage (2013) outshines much of the work the band has committed to record since 2004's Futures. It's been, what now, a dozen years since the band broke through to the radio with "The Middle"? Damage is a consistent record that any fan of the band ought to have in their collection. This album feels like a band that is comfortable with their sound -- there's not much invention here, and instead, these 10 songs feel like a band that is familiar with what they do simply trying to refine the formula and make the best record they can. The effort definitely pays off, and the result is that Damage is a musically pleasant and lyrically biting record.

Frontman Jim Adkins has described Damage as "an adult breakup album" -- and the description fits perfectly. Damage feels like a concept record in many ways, and the central conceit is a complicated, messy doomed relationship told in first-person. So what's with the qualifier? What makes this "adult"? The lyrics here are beyond simple "boy misses girls" tropes, and instead, Adkins explores the bitterness, resentment, denial, jealousy, and longing that comes with failed relationships. The lyrics are nuanced, and importantly, they feel personal and immediate. 2010's Invented was inspired by Adkins creating stories for random photographs -- and while this mental exercise did spark some notable flares of imagination, it was hit and miss. Damage is much more consistent and heartfelt.

But what about the music? Well, the music here is good. Damage is the best record musically since Futures. While there doesn't seem to be any stand out hit single, like "The Middle" or "Pain", all of these songs are enjoyable and pleasant to hear. Like with typical J.E.W.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Were Good (And Still Are) June 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One would think that nearly 20 (!) years into their professional career, Arizona's Jimmy Eat World would have either gotten sick of or moved away entirely from writing odes for the broken hearted. One would be wrong in assuming such a thing, and would be even more surprised that their eighth studio offering, "Damage," sounds just about as fresh and inspiring as their classic work. Returning to their indie roots, "Damage" finds the group collaborating with the great Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age) to create an undeniably moving and inspired piece that will have your heart aching while keeping your toes tapping.

The main theme of the album is heartache, and nobody does it better than Jimmy Eat World's singer/guitarist Jim Adkins. Each of "Damages" ten tracks ooze with yearning, disappointment, bittersweet goodbyes and, most imporantly, hooks. From the opening of "Appreciation" to the title track and "I Will Steal You Back," the band strikes radio-gold without even breaking a sweat. At this point, their business is break-up songs that get wedged inside your head and business is good. Deeper cuts such as "Please Say No" and "How'd You Have Me" contain airier, more mature compositions while Adkins places the proverbial blame on himself rather than his partner. Truly, they set out to make a break-up album for adults and by all accounts succeeded. Those counting on another "The Middle" might be pleased to find "No, Never" to be similarly catchy and infectious while "Byebyelove" is perhaps the best Weezer song that Weezer never wrote. The album caps off with the tear-jerking "You Were Good," a lo-fi little ditty that proves that sometimes presenting a song in its rawest form is the best presentation possible.

The production job by Johannes is big but organic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good songs, crummy mixing July 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD
So I want to give the album 4 stars based on the quality of the songs, but a 3.5 or less for the mixing. There's something off about it. There's not the characteristic "brightness" found on most J.E.W. albums. The levels seem off, especially the vocals. I had to strain to hear them, turning up the volume to compensate which of course spoils the songs because then everything else is too loud. There's a muddy quality to the mix which makes it difficult to pick everything apart. Listen to the production on Futures or Chase this Light compared to this album and you'll see what I mean.

The songs are somewhat more accessible than those on Invented and have more of a classic J.E.W. sound to them. This is one of the things I like about this band: they typically crank out consistency. Some may knock them for not evolving their sound enough, but I like to know what I'm getting and with J.E.W. you get straightforward, no-gimmick, sing-along pop rock. I will say that though I do enjoy the songs, I'm not yet sure whether there are any classics here. Repeated listens will tell.

Overall, it grabs me more than Invented did at first. Again, time will tell whether my attention span will wane as sometimes the subtler stuff grows on you more in the long run. But for now, I'd place this alongside Chase this Light at the mid to low end of their material. Not amazing, but definitely solid. It probably strikes a balance between Chase this Light and Invented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great CD! November 10, 2013
By Eddie
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Kimmy Eat World has been doing it for years and they still have not let their fans down. Following them for years, I have all their CD's and their work continues to be fantastic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
We heard JEW live at Rockville in Jacksonville, FL and were blown away. Great musicianship and interesting songs. My wife wanted one of their CDs so I bought Damage. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DW
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Bleed American or Chase This Light, but pretty darn close!
I would call both the above 5-star J.E.W. releases., (as well as Clarity, but anything pre-Bleed is like comparing apples to oranges). Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Victor
2.0 out of 5 stars My favorite band comes up short again.
I'm heartsick. Jimmy Eat World is one of my favorite bands. Definitely in my top 5 bands of all time, and I'm an old-timer musically, being in my early thirties. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Sabol
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them!
I love me some Jimmy Eat World! I believe this album is better than the last (Invented). Shipping was kind of slow, and I even per-ordered it, but whatever, I got it and LOVE IT!
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their best, but good.
I love Jimmy Eat World, and every album they come out with is very "listenable." This album isn't awesome, but there are a lot of good songs and it is great if you already... Read more
Published 8 months ago by WVUDave
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have long been a Jimmy Eat World fan. I would say about 90% of there songs are good. And each album had 3 or 4 songs that really caught your ear. This album has none of that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ALAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite album, but definitely glad I got it.
I bought a few albums by jimmy eat world recently and liked some of the songs on here and its nice to have a variety of songs from a band.
Published 8 months ago by Zack
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I like this CD. It is easy to listen to with a few songs I could listen to on repeat all day.
Published 8 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars What is there to say?
Jimmy Eat World seems to surprise us with every record. Damage is no different. It seems that the group is incapable of writing an unappealing track and Damage is full of those... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bradley Lionel Pecot
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to great upbeat tunes of "Chase This Light"
If you liked "Bleed American" and "Chase This Light," you'll love "Damage." It has lots of upbeat songs that have great hooks and melody. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony C. Leung
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