It is always tricky to review a Jimmy Eat World (JEW) album. One part of me wants to give each new album at least four stars just because it is good to have them back. On the other hand, given their back catalogue they always face a struggle to repeat the success of the previous albums, like Bleed American and Futures. This album follows pretty much in the same pattern as Chase This Light although with pretty much a equal balance between faster and slower songs.
This new album starts off with the up-tempo acoustic based song Heart is Hard to Find which is a great way to start the album. It is a warm, uplifting song that shows a slightly different side to the band. After that comes first single My Best Theory which is a more classic JEW-song. In fact, most of the songs on here are classic JEW-songs making fans of the band feel right at home. While songs like the previous mentioned opener, Movielike and Littlething are really good, songs like evidence and invented are weaker. This in total makes up for a quite inconsistent album.
As a final song we have Mixtape which would serve as this album’s 23, a slower song to close of the album with. As always when it comes to this band, get the album if you like the other albums. This is a very competent album but I cannot help but feel a little bit disappointed somehow.