Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues

by D R Pautsch Rating:7 Release Date:2016-10-21

Confession time. I guess we all have one album in our collection from a band that we absolutely love but for no good reason we only have that album by them.  For me it's Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American - or rather the renamed Jimmy Eat World eponymous album.  It had to be renamed after 9/11 as Bleed American didn't fit well in a post 9/11 world. That album had the smash hit The Middle.  

For many, like me that album is a great lightning in a bottle moment that went beyond the band's limitations and became anthemic and totemic at the same time.  So revisiting a band who you can't turn into a three letter acronym after fifteen years is always going to be a mixed bag.  The good news is that this completely fits in with their earlier effort.  No surprises here, just some old fashioned hard rock.  Maybe some might feel that is a weakness, fifteen years and no growth or development, that was certainly how I felt one listen in. However, on repeated plays there is some depth, more than one tune here that just hangs around til you hum it and whilst there are weak tracks there is enough here to gloss over those.

Lead track You With Me is at first listen a light pulsing rock number that moves in and out quickly and efficiently. However, it sticks and could be up there with anything the band have released to date. Get Right and Sure and Certain have an edge there which keeps you listening. However, there are times when it's just a snoozefest. Pass The Baby tries to be slow and menacing but in fact just plods along and when it goes somewhere from its slow start it isn't enough of a pay off. You are Free is just a bit too sickly to be truly endearing. Its a shame as they could almost have repeated their earlier career success here.

They say don't go back it will never be the same. With Integrity Blues Jimmy Eat World almost prove that saying to be false. They don't sound fresh. But they sound honest, catchy and rocking and that will do fine for now.

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As a huge fan of the band (and preferably of their post-Bleed American output), I have sat with this record for about a week. I have swung from "It's Great!", to "Meh...", to finally settling on "it's pretty good". This deep into their career,...

As a huge fan of the band (and preferably of their post-Bleed American output), I have sat with this record for about a week. I have swung from "It's Great!", to "Meh...", to finally settling on "it's pretty good". This deep into their career, I'll take 'pretty good' and keep my fingers crossed.

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