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Reviewed by Mike Farley
“Always Be” and “Carry Me” have the kind of melody that you may think you’ve heard before, and that’s sometimes the mark of a band that can write hooky material in its sleep. “Big Casino” sounds like it was left over from Futures, and the title track is tailor made for the soundtrack so some MTV-generation film. “Dizzy” is the best track of all—a mid-tempo, acoustic-tinged song with a powerful chorus that is loaded with walls of guitars. And “Gotta Be Somebody’s Blues” has a nice creepy feel just in time for Halloween. But cuts like “Electable (Give It Up)” and “Firefight” sound too much like a band that is trying to hard to conform, and that’s going to make more than a few people sad.
The music business is overloaded with major label and indie artists these days, so bands like Jimmy Eat World can pat themselves on the back for their longevity (the band’s first record was released in 1996). And whether or not you want to deem them as a sellout with a more commercial sound, you can’t ever knock their basic songwriting skills. They’ve got the formula down, and they’re going with it—whether you like it or not.