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Jimmy Eat World

Damage

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June 11, 2013

Jimmy Eat World were the schoolboy innocents of the mid-Nineties emo scene, plying lively, down-the-middle tunes applicable to smooching teens of any era. Twenty years later, on their first album since 2010, the Arizona guys still sound sweet. They're also hall-monitor dull – these meat and potatoes sure could use some fresh gravy. For frontman James Adkins, a kiss is never "just a kiss," pain's "buried deep," and every sentiment calls for a dark, itchy melody.The simple pleasures on Damage – the bells solo in "Book of Love," the decidedly un­macho crunch of "I Will Steal You Back" – stir up plenty of warm feeling. But after all this time, you still won't mistake it for afterglow.

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