Chase This Light 

Jimmy Eat World
Interscope Records

4 stars

Jimmy Eat World takes the approach, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” with their sixth studio album, Chase This Light.

Though the band has released an album and EP since their 2001 Bleed American (which was later changed to Jimmy Eat World), the band returns to what made them a mainstream rock band — sing-along lyrics over modern rock riffs.

The album is eerily similar to Jimmy Eat World, which included breakthrough hit “The Middle,” from the sounds all the way down to the number of tracks (11). Much like the 2001 album that put Jimmy Eat World on the map, Chase This Light has a catchy hit single, “Big Casino,” and another five stellar tracks to make the album worth your money.

The album does contain one outcast song. “Gotta Be Somebody’s Blues” sounds more like Pink Floyd. Frontman Jim Adkins calls the song, “the creepiest thing we’ve ever done.” The track is conveniently sandwiched between the first and last five songs on the album.

Since World’s 2001 multi-platinum album, they’d almost disappeared before switching record labels in 2004. It’s obvious the band is eager for their songs on the radio to be a regular occurrence, as they show the identity that earned them an appearance on Saturday Night Live and as the opening act for Green Day and Blink-182.

If you still enjoy popping previous Jimmy Eat World albums into your CD player once in awhile, Chase This Light gives you a fresh approach of a similar sound. If you’re tired of Jimmy Eat World, there’s nothing new for you on this album.

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