Getting dropped from their major label deal at Capitol Records might have been the best thing that could have happened to Mesa, Arizona’s Jimmy Eat World. After spending six years building up a fan base touring and releasing numerous singles and albums to moderate success, the band’s relationship with the label soured and they found themselves starting close to square one. Undaunted by the situation, Jimmy Eat World hit the studio with the help of previous producer Mark Trombino.
The resulting album incited a small bidding war. The band eventually signed to Dreamworks Records and in July of 2001 Bleed American was released to critical and commercial success. Sharing many elements with the bands previous album, Clarity, Bleed American keeps the sweet, emo-punk flavored vocals and harmonies, the textured guitars and the sticky sweet hooks, but the tone of the album hides something different. A struggle. A test for validation. A yearning to belong.
A darker, harder edge is heard instantly with the intro riff of the first song and debut single “Bleed American.” On the hit single “The Sweetness”, singer and guitarist Jim Adkins calls out “ If you’re listening, sing it back.” What sounds like a love song could easily be a cry for validation to fans and the music industry. But what it all points to is a triumph of great songwriting and success, proving the title of the album couldn’t be more appropriate.
It’s a shame that fearing misinterpretation, the title was removed from the album following the September 11 attacks. Putting your heart out on display, overcoming adversity and the D.I.Y. spirit that built America and independent music perfectly represents the themes throughout this modern day classic. The smash hit single “The Middle” was a radio and MTV staple and helped propel the album to platinum status in the U.S. selling over one million copies.
- This comeback release from Jimmy Eat World sounds wonderful in the 3 LP 140gm Vinyl set.
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