Static Prevails Review

artist: Jimmy Eat World date: 12/04/2006 category: compact discs
Jimmy Eat World: Static Prevails
Released: 1996
Genre: Rock
Styles: Emo, Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
It could be the slight over-production being on a major label for the first time, or them trying to get a feel for pulling fancy studio tricks.
 Sound: 8.5
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 8
Static Prevails Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 03, 2004
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: This is the first Jimmy record on a major label and as such it is a little raw in sound. The singing on this album is not your traditional Jimmy sound of smooth vocals. However, the band in this album makes use of some great guitar intros and chord progessions. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics of the album are deep and about many topics. The lyrics fit the music pretty well considering this is Jimmy's first time on a major label. The lyrics if "Clarie" are amazing. However, again the sound of the vocals is a little raw sounding and someitmes flat and dull sounding. I feel that the dullness of the vocals is made up for by the guitar in most parts. // 8

Overall Impression: This is the first major record that Jimmy made and is therefore a little different than the normal JEW record. If you are a big fan of clarity and Jimmy's other records this is a great buy. If you are more of a Bleed American fan I would think twice before buying this. Definenitly the best songs are "Thinking, That's All," "Claire," "Digits" and "Anderson Mesa." // 8

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overall: 9.3
Static Prevails Reviewed by: unregistered, on december 04, 2006
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: Jimmy Eat World. 1996. Four good dudes just trying to make some sweet alternative rock. After changing their old punk style from their first album, the band started making up their own style of rock music. The best way anyone could ever describe this album would be "prog-alternative-emocore" (as in Sunny Day Real Estate emocore). There are some harder songs like "Caveman", "Thinking, That's All", and "World Is Static." However, if you're not into artsy rock, a lot of these songs won't appeal to you due to their lack of a distinctive melody in a lot of the songs. Good drumming, nice bass lines, and some really innovative guitar work (although a lack in solos) appears in this album. // 9

Lyrics: Great lyrics that are semi-incoherent at times, partly because of Jim Adkins rough voice, but mostly due to their vagueness and almost transcendant quality. They go along with the music most of the time, but I think the lyrics were meant to be more poetic than regular "song lyrics." Most deal with what appear to be lingering memories, friends, and girls. // 10

Overall Impression: Sonically similar to Jimmy's Clarity album, except for the additional instruments being used on Clarity. Most impressive songs for me were "Anderson Mesa", "Thinking That's All", "Robot Factory", and "Claire." There are some very epic and brooding songs on this record, so if you bought it thinking it was gonna be a thirty minute pop stint, you were completely blown away. If I lost this album, I would definitely go buy another copy, the reason being that Static Prevails isn't sold as frequently as the other Jimmy albums. Great record, great songs, great band. Go buy it! // 9

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