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Jakarta Post

AlbumREVIEWS: ‘Integrity Blues’ by Jimmy Eat World

  • Marcel Thee

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 4 2016   /  10:23 am

Integrity Blues (Dine Alone/RCA), Jimmy Eat World’s ninth full-length record, is a solid enough return to form after a few lackluster releases.

Though the Arizona band may never recapture the rhapsodic spunkiness of its early years, this latest release finds the members adjusting well to their senior emo status with reliably punchy dynamics and enough rhythmic experimentation to show that success has not left them complacent.

This may be the same crisp pop rock the band has released since its earliest days — or, some may argue, its 2001 breakout record, Bleed American — but unlike 2010’s Invented and 2013’s “adult breakup record” Damage, the record doesn’t feel half-hearted.

Melodies and guitar riffs charge with ceremonious compactness, and vocalist-guitarist Jim Adkins seems settled into the emotive role required of the leader of a band of Jimmy E...