Chase This Light

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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37

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  1. ThomR
    Nov 15, 2007
    3
    maybe its be getting older. maybe its me expecting too much. I dunno. But this last installment that J.E.W. put out just... stalled. i was hooked with Static Prevails, blown to bits with Clarity, impressed and humbled at their ability with Bleed American, and reminded of what i loved about them in Futures. I waited for CHASE THIS LIGHT only to find that the light is quite dim. I actually maybe its be getting older. maybe its me expecting too much. I dunno. But this last installment that J.E.W. put out just... stalled. i was hooked with Static Prevails, blown to bits with Clarity, impressed and humbled at their ability with Bleed American, and reminded of what i loved about them in Futures. I waited for CHASE THIS LIGHT only to find that the light is quite dim. I actually tried my damned near best to make myself like this album. But the soul and the heart that was Jimmy Eat World just doesnt seem to be on this album. And its sad. This is a band that i have seen in VFW halls and Skaters rinks in NJ and loved every minute of it. I even got over the fact that Tom doesnt make any songs these days and just sings back up by the time Bleed American tour ended. This album might have been trying to chase the light but i never seem to see it catch it. Which is so very frustrating because J.E.W. always got me out of the dark. I guess i cant expect them to be able to do so every time. I await to hear what they do next in hope because this one just failed to grab me. Expand
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66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Thanks to singer Jim Adkins's bottomless well of high-flying choruses (not to mention the general shittiness of current affairs), the formula still delivers.
  2. Jimmy Eat World go to great lengths to recapture the anthemic thrills of "Clarity"--and give or take a few bouts of brooding cynicism, they’ve succeeded.
  3. After nearly seven years, to churn out an album with three highlights and eight overblown odes (among them, 'Here It Goes,' 'Carry You,' and the forced empowerment of the title track) is disappointing.