Jimmy Eat World must be called pioneers now. With nine studio albums they've really shown that they belong to the absolute elite when it comes to Emo rock. Ok, it might not be totally correct to call them Emo as there are plenty of Alternative and Indie Rock in their very nice sound. Anyway, this is a very good band and they show this on their latest record, released on October 21, 2016.
Musically speaking, Integrity Blues is no revolution, which I also highly appreciate. It feels like the band really gone in to write great songs and give fans exactly what they want. Maybe, I think that we get a little bit more than that, as this is a very strong album, the best in several years, actually.
With songs like "You With Me," "It Matters" and "Through" will they without a doubt make their loyal fans more than happy. And there are more good tracks on Integrity Blues that is very even and well-written like the final tune, Pol Rogers with its epic and slightly progressive sound.
Must also give extra credits to their producer, Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Tori Amos) that has given a very atmospheric and dynamic sound that is really perfect for this kind of thoughtful rock.
Pink Floyd´s "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is dedicated to the band´s former leader Syd Barret. Syd used to be the leader...until his schizophrenia and the LSD started to catch up with him, and he became rather insane. The band called David Gilmour, who had given Syd guitar lessons during high shool, and would cover for Syd during concerts, correcting his mistakes and filling in when he started playing along to a different tune. Syd eventually got more and more distanced of the band and David got to be the lead guitarist, but lots of the insanity themes they sing about is related to their former bandmate.