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"Surviving" Jimmy Eat World

by By Gio Battaglia - 89.1 The Point
Tue, Oct 29th 2019 02:00 pm

Jimmy Eat World has had a pretty successful and stable career and has earned itself respect. Its new album, “Surviving,” brings back sound that is original to it and recognizable by artists. The garage-band rock sound is not one mainstream artists are going for in today’s music. 

The album cover resembles an old Ed Sheeran one with the same orange and black style. This album brings a refreshing sound. While most instrumentals for songs are created electronically, I can appreciate when artists still use instruments to prove that music can still be created the “old-school” way. 

The tracks on this album have a familiar sound that may make fans consider this band ‘dated’, and when I listened to it, I pictured the songs as some I would gravitate toward playing in a 2008 Guitar Hero round with some friends. 

Something I enjoyed with this album was the balance of the rock instruments with the easy-listening factors, which made me appreciate how I could listen to a rock/alternative album and not feel like the rock element is being thrown in my face and a message is being forced on me with headbangers. 

The vocals produced on this album are very impressive because when bands make a comeback, the aging of the lead singer’s voice is very evident, but that was not the case here. After many hits and tours, Jim Adkins still puts the same emotion and sound into the group. 

I was checking some things off of my to-do list while giving this album a listen and was pleasantly surprised with it. The opening song, the title track, is the perfect introduction to the album because it gives you a good preview as to what you will be hearing throughout the album. As good as the songs are, sometimes I could not tell when one song ended and another one began. 

Overall, the album did not bring something new to the table and recycles a lot of past, but it made me remember the good elements of music and brought back that classic rock feeling that has been missing from music today.

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