This group surprised me with this release from 2001. The album starts as I also thought with a couple of fast modern rockers ala American Hi-Fi. But then they goes into a slower and more poppy direction not that far away from Remy Zero. Add then two songs that smell a lot like Jars of clay and we have a different album than I thought. So the album varies in styles, which is positive in this case. Sometimes it can be frustrating with an album that goes into many directions but on this record it feels that Jimmy eat world has full control of the situation. The level of the songs is quite high with great songs like "The middle" which is a cool mix of American Hi-Fi and Ramones. I also have to mention "Sweetness" which is a great poppy modern rocker that has a lot of energy and potential. The Jars sound alike tunes "Hear you me" and "My sundown" are also two great songs from this cool album. The rest of the songs are good but not on top, but the overall feeling of "Bleed American" is really good cause this album grows.