Futures - Jimmy Eat World
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  • Summary: The Arizona emo band returns with a follow-up to their successful 2001 self-titled effort. Gil Norton produced.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Futures goes back to the band's roots, sporting 11 sparkling gems that carefully balance balladry with bombast.
  2. A beautiful example of what "heart-on-sleeve" music should be. [Nov 2004, p.148]
  3. 80
    [Frontman Jim] Adkins loosens the reins with darker themes and longer songs... but the guitars and harmonies have never been brighter. [Nov 2004, p.139]
  4. It sticks with what Jimmy Eat World have always done, but it sounds better than anything that preceded it.
  5. 70
    A kind of Joshua Tree for the heavily pierced and mildly upset. [Dec 2004, p.140]
  6. [Jimmy Eat World] has sacrificed some of the poppy immediacy of its previous album, instead reprising the expansive moodiness of the '99 cult fave Clarity. [22 Oct 2004, p.92]
  7. Futures is like a rotten onion, revealing layer upon layer of foulness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. JohnS
    Dec 25, 2004
    This is an awesome album!! Everyone go out and buy it now
  2. LarsT
    Aug 9, 2005
    One of the best released albums of 2004 PERIOD.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 9, 2007
    Absolute brilliant Album, that is kind of timeless. Everytime I start to hear it, I almost can't stop. One of the best Albums I've ever bought. Expand
  4. JoshM
    Jan 11, 2005
    A huge step up from their last album. Less "catchy" melodies and lyrics, but alot more poetic and a more mature album overall. Great CD.
  5. Aug 5, 2010
    I think a great album can help you remember a particular moment in time. This album does that for me. I wasn't so keen on the album that followed, but I can still listen to Futures from start to finish and enjoy every song-- a very rare thing for me. Expand
  6. JasonS
    Oct 27, 2004
    Almost as good as Bleed American, but to expect it to be would be asking too much. This is an album that's grown on me with every listen, and while it's not the singles machine that Bleed American was, this one seems more cohesive. Expand
  7. DevinB
    Oct 24, 2004
    Clarity and Static Prevails were both guilty pleasures of mine: not particularly substanitive, but catchy nonetheless. However, with Futures, Jimmy Eat World has made an album of such unlistenable dreck that it doesn't even pass as the empty-calorie fun of Bleed American. Garbage. Expand

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