“Integrity Blues” Jimmy Eat World

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“Integrity Blues” Jimmy Eat World

Words from the Writer

Hey what’s up guys. I’ve been out for a few months, trying to get over this sickness from a liquid meal replacement I was drinking. Long story short, don’t try meal replacements unless you really know your body. Like what your allergic to, or how to approach the weird body changes you’ll face. Either way, I’m back. I’m trying to get back into the flow of writing music reviews. Just picked up this new album from Jimmy Eat World.

Honestly, I haven’t listen to these guys since I was in high school. I remember one song by them “The Middle” from like 2001. Check it out, might spark some memories. Well I can say that these guys have evolved into the new age. I’m glad to be back here at my computer listening to some great music. I’m writing this review, drinking some coffee, and listening to the album simultaneously.

The Band

Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band from Mesa, Arizona, that formed in 1993. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind. As of October 2016, Jimmy Eat World have released nine studio albums, the last eight featuring the current lineup.

The four piece’s commercial breakthrough came with the successful release of several singles from the album Bleed American (2001). Four singles from the album charted within the top twenty positions of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, with “The Middle” reaching the number one position. Jimmy Eat World’s follow-up album Futures (2004) featured another Modern Rock Tracks number one song, “Pain”.

The RIAA certified Bleed American platinum and Futures gold, rewarding the two albums for selling over one and a half million records between them. The band’s sixth album Chase This Light (2007) became the band’s highest charting album, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200.

The band released their ninth album, Integrity Blues, on October 21, 2016.


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The Good

Harmonically perfect, sound from vocals, guitars, and percussion. The album “Integrity Blues” is a great album to comeback into the indie rock scene with. The first track “You with me” is the track that made me think, “hold up is this the same band from high school?” I really had to listen to the album after the first track hit me. I like the drum pattern and the vocals, such a good lyrically driven track. The vocal highs and lows in “Sure and certain” are really well done.  This album is definitely a staple in their discography.

The album gives a great vibe. It sounds more chill and “down-to-earth”, just like how they were back in the 2000’s. “Power Grid” is so mellow and story driven for me. Matter of fact, the whole album seems very story driven. Which creates this great flow and transition from track to track.The track “Get Right” is a great track as well. Reminds me of a more modern rock type song. Almost like Muse or another american rock type.

The Bad

Hard to say anything bad about this album. There were a few things that I thought were weird though. In the middle of the album the track The track “Pass the baby” is the one of the most stand alone track. I felt that the track picks up towards the end, with a very upbeat “grindy” rock type of sound. I will say that it does transition perfectly into the next track “Get Right”. But both the tracks give a different feel to the album.

As I was listening to it, i was wondering if they felt that the album would have felt boring without these tracks. The track “You are Free” delivers a good message but too bland for me. I wished there would have been more instrumental sounds and less lyrics. I guess I just have something against the hopefully positive lyrics in this (nothing bad about positive lyrics, just throw me off from the vibe of the album).

Last Words

Overall you the whole album is so good, check it out when you have time! I like the whole album. It’s hard to pick on any little details that didn’t deliver a great experience. I recommend this album to anyone who likes indie rock or music with great lyrics. Listen to it right here on Spotify. Also their new album can be purchased on Amazon.

Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out more music reviews on The EXP Grind.

The Good

  • Harmonically perfect, sound from vocals, guitars, and percussion.
  • “Integrity Blues” is a great album to comeback into the indie rock scene with.
  • Calm Vocals are filled with great lyrics

The Bad

  • Few tracks seems contrast the overall vibe
  • The track "You are Free" delivers a good message but too bland
  • Too much thick lyrics over instrumental sounds in some tracks

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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