Jimmy Eat World have quite a few perfect LPs. It was difficult to rank ‘em all, but I had help from artist manager/former Senses Fail bassist Mike Glita. We have agreed at first on said list, but we were able to meet in “The Middle.” Here JEW go:
Jimmy Eat World – Damage (2013)
SW: So, we’re starting with JEW’s second most recent full length…
SW: “Appreciation” is a great opening track.
MG: I certainly appreciate that track.
SW: You were good.
SW: ANOTHER GOOD TRACK!
MG: I appreciation.
SW: There is no bad Jimmy Eat World record, but this one is our least favorite…
MG: (interrupting) Which means it didn’t do as much “Damage.”
SW: Mike drop.
MG: That’s good.
Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues (2016)
SW: I’ve been going to Jimmy Eat World shows regularly for over two decades, and the Integrity Blues tour was among the band’s best.
MG: I concur.
SW: Do you concur?
MG: I do concur. Doctor? Doctor?
SW: I’m surely certain.
MG: I AM certain, and don’t call me Shirley.
SW: FYI: I like this record A LOT more than Damage, and I really like Damage. Are you listening?
MG: Is that you, or is that you with me? You with me. You with me.
Jimmy Eat World – Invented (2010)
SW: This album is very Einstein.
MG: Do you have evidence? Are you sure it’s not Edison?
SW: My best theory.
MG: (it out).
SW: (sings) Everywhere you look.
SW: I guess that my heart is hard to find.
SW: This album is underrated, but then again, so are all of Jimmy Eat World’s albums.
MG: I got her numba. How do you like dem apples?
SW: (looks at him confused)
Jimmy Eat World – Static Prevails (1996)
MG: An old bandmate gave me a copy of this record in the late-90s. It was raw, real, and rough around the edges.
SW: “Claire” was the first Jimmy Eat World song that I ever heard. It remains one of my favorites.
MG: Did you get her numba? How do you dem apples?
SW: (looks at him confused)
MG: Maybe you didn’t hear me. World is static.
SW: Static prevails.
MG: It always does. I prevail.
SW: Blank face.
Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light (2007)
MG: Chase this light, man. Where do you think the band actually chased said light?
SW: Big casino.
MG: Gotta be somebody’s blues.
SW: (Give it up).
MG: Midtown rules. I was in a band with one of those dudes.
SW: You’ll always be.
MG: God I wish I could hate you for the rest of my…
SW: Again, another underrated album. Now we are off to the big three.
Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)
MG: This album was the soundtrack to my early-2000s. It rarely left my CD player.
SW: What’s a CD player?
MG: It WAS the thing in THE MIDDLE of your car.
MG: Now you can GET IT FASTER.
SW: IF YOU DON’T (use a CD player, record player, or cassette deck), DON’T (complain about the new industry model).
MG: Are you listening?
SW: The world was, to Jimmy.
Jimmy Eat World – Futures (2004)
MG: Now THIS is an underrated album.
SW: Who does number two work for?
MG: Coming off the breakout mainstream success of the previously mentioned LP must not have been an easy time for the band.
SW: I always believed in futures.
MG: Just tonight. (On my) night drive.
SW: (I was) 23 (when this album came out).
MG: Nothing wrong (with that).
SW: Pain. (pauses; no laughter) I really fucking love this album.
MG: It’s a good record.
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity (1999)
SW: For me…
MG: This is heaven.
Hear you me. Enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring one song from each album. Closing disclaimer: These albums are STUDIO non-compilation albums and no EPs/singles are included. Are you listening?