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June 11, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 7, 2013
  • Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 37:46
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  • ASIN: B00D3YX6Q0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,248 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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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). Damage is a fine return to form after Invented was, in my opinion, something of a disappointment. Damage has solid songs, terrific production from the great Alain Johannes, and an overall engaging sound and thru-line of loss and heartbreak. Damage is a very good release and worth having. As a side note, they're terrific live, and sound as close to the recording as practically any band I've seen/heard.
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