Jimmy Eat World – “Big Casino”

Jimmy Eat World – “Big Casino” / 2007 Interscope / 1 Track / http://www.jimmyeatworld.com /

Jimmy Eat World has been a band that has impressed me (“Lucky Denver Mint”) and disappointed me in the past (changing “Bleed American”’s title). However, it has been a number of years since either of those events happened, so it seems like good policy to give the band another chance. There hopeful vocals that are present during the opening of “Big Casino” link themselves to a track that is not as rooted in the emo style as Jimmy Eat World once was. There seems to be a New Romantic type of synthesizer that drives the track the most; while the band does not go into a dance-punk style (like a Franz Ferdinand), one cannot deny that it sounds like Jimmy Eat World has boned up on their New Order albums since they last put out music for the masses. The track has energy, but it is muted to the degree that I believe that it will take a few listeners before individuals are truly behind the band again. I would really like to hear more tracks from “Chase This Light” before I can feel right about giving encompassing statements about Jimmy Eat World’s new approach to music. Give this track a few spins and see if “Chase This Light” may be worth a purchase.

Rating: 6.2/10

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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