Year 5, Day 37: A little “Sweetness” from Jimmy Eat World and their album “Bleed American”

Year 5, Day 37: Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American

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Track Listing

  1. Bleed American
  2. A Praise Chorus
  3. The Middle
  4. Your House
  5. Sweetness
  6. Hear You me
  7. If You Don’t, Don’t
  8. Get It Faster
  9. Cautioners
  10. The Authority Song
  11. My Sundown

About the Album

Bleed American is the fourth studio album from American alternative rock band, Jimmy Eat World. The album was released on July 24th 2001 through DreamWorks Records. The album spawned four singles, all of which reached the top twenty in the United States. The Middle reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album peaked at number 31 on the Billboard 200. The album is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Thoughts on the Album

As we wind down the project, I have some great albums left in the tank for this year. Now then. The late 1990’s and early 2000’s was a boom or bust period for alternative rock. The market became over-saturated with bands sounding the same and failing to produce albums with individuality and uniqueness. Then you come across Jimmy Eat World, a band that was dropped by their label (Capitol Records) and had something prove. What they created with Bleed American was an incredibly cohesive, consistent, and accessible album.

There are no 16 minute long jam sessions, instead, there are straight forward rock tracks that have the energy of punk and smarts of alternative rock. The titular track, Bleed American, sets the tone for the album with aggressive and blistering vocals and guitar riffs. It has an incessant pace about it combined with an upbeat tempo and said aggressiveness. As the first single, it provided an opportunity for the band to show off that they could make a memorable and catchy song. The lyrics threw me for a loop, but the vocals are otherwise tremendous and sensational.

The Middle offers a simplistic formula that builds off of Bleed American. With a simple and excellent message about self-worth and believing in one’s self, takes the album into the mainstream. With a infectious riffs and hooks and soaring chorus, it’s easy to see why this one of the biggest hits of the band. It’s a song that builds off of Bleed American and A Praise Chorus, and adds on to it. It’s a song that is easy to jam out to and sing along to. The guitar riff is arguably one of the most recognizable riffs of the last two decades.

A Praise Chorus brings the pop-rock sound with alt-rock smarts… and metric crap ton of hooks. A Praise Chorus also highlights on the strengths of Jimmy Eat World, their lyrics. All whilst using the basic of rock emotions to power the song. It’s pop rock, but it takes so much from alternative that it’s almost pop punk. Sweetness, is another track like The Middle, in that it’s incredibly anthemic. It’s hooks are hella catchy and infectious, and you will find yourself singing along to it. The lyrics are alright, nothing to write home about. But the instrumentation and vocals are crisp and sharp overall.

Conclusion

This was an album I wore out in middle school and high school. It’s got incredibly catchy hooks combined with just as strong harmonies and melodies. None of the hooks on the album seem forced and the songs flow naturally. What this album is, is enjoyable and catchy mainstream rock that combines alternative rock with pop punk influences. Jimmy Eat World utilized powerful songwriting, emotional vocals, and driving riffs to create their own niche within a crowded music scene. Bleed American is another classic album that has withstood the test of time.

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