Futures - Jimmy Eat World
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73

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

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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. Aug 5, 2010
    8
    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

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