Bleed American [2 CD Deluxe Edition]

Bleed American [2 CD Deluxe Edition]

by Jimmy Eat WorldJimmy Eat World

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Overview

After being dropped by Capitol, Jimmy Eat World returned in 2001 with their most consistent and accessible album to date. Recorded entirely on the band's dime, before they had a new record deal, Bleed American features compelling lyrics, driving guitar work, and insanely catchy melodies. Left to their own devices during the recording process, it wouldn't have been surprising if the band had turned out another layered, sprawling album akin to their previous full-length masterwork, Clarity. Perhaps sensing that they wouldn't be able to top their previous work when it came to spacy emo, Bleed American heads in a new direction. There are no 16-minute songs here, just straight-ahead rock & roll, performed with punk energy and alt-rock smarts. The title track sets the tone for the album with its blistering guitar attack and aggressive vocals. "A Praise Chorus" and "The Middle" improve upon that formula, maintaining the forceful instrumentation but toying with the lyrical themes. "A Praise Chorus" uses the most basic of rock emotions for lyrical inspiration, "I wanna fall in love tonight," while lifting lyrics from Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover," They Might Be Giants' "Don't Let's Start," and Mötley Crüe's "Kick Start My Heart," among others. When used in a song about the comfort and trappings of nostalgia, this borrowing comes off more like a well-placed tribute than stealing. "The Middle" offers a pep talk about self-acceptance and fitting in, and one of the most memorable guitar riffs this side of Angus Young. Bleed American's quieter moments recall some of the band's signature instrumentation from their previous work. Gentle keyboards, bells, and stirring background vocals from former that dog. member Rachel Haden enhance the understated beauty of ballads like "Hear You Me" and "Cautioneers." Haden's most enjoyable contribution, however, is to the up-tempo rocker "The Authority Song." On the surface a song about a song (John Mellencamp's "Authority Song"), it also name drops the Beatles' "What Goes On." The numerous references to other bands and other songs reveal that although Jimmy Eat World is a critically acclaimed and incredibly talented band, the members are really just rock fans themselves. If they maintain this level of quality, however, don't be surprised if the next generation of ambitious rockers start writing songs that pay tribute to Jimmy Eat World. [The 2008 Deluxe reissue of the album lives up to the deluxe tag, featuring an entire disc's worth of b-sides, live tracks, demos and an unreleased version of "Your House." Many of the tracks were released in Japan, the UK, or Germany, it's nice to have them all gathered together in one spot. None of the extras stand out as relevatory or essential, but they do add quite a bit of background to one of the few pop/punk or emo albums likely to stand the test of time.] ~ Mark Vanderhoff & Tim Sendra

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602517661806
catalogNumber: 001106202
Rank: 45061

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Eat World   Primary Artist
Rachel Haden   Vocals
Doug Messenger   Hand Clapping
Mark Trombino   Percussion,Emulator
Rick Burch   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Zach Lind   Percussion,Drums
Davey vonBohlen   Vocals
Ariel Rechtshaid   Vocals
Tom Linton   Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Travis Keller   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

George Michael   Composer
Anne Dudley   Composer
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Kim Deal   Composer
Paul Dorrington   Composer
David Gedge   Composer
Trevor Horn   Composer
J.J. Jeczalik   Composer
Gary Langan   Composer
Peter Lucia   Composer
Liam Howlett   Composer
Jimmy Eat World   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Robert Pollard   Composer
Paul Morley   Composer
J. Robbins   Engineer
Tommy James   Composer
Mark Trombino   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Walter   Producer
Jeff Kleinsmith   Art Direction
Ken Andrews   Producer,Engineer
Chris Douridas   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
William Eggleston   Cover Photo
Simon Smith   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Darren Belk   Composer

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