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One thing I try to avoid saying is "It's their best since [insert classic album here]" when a legacy band releases new music, because it's what every major music outlet says about literally everything, and... let's face it. Weezer are never going to come close to Pinkerton and Metallica will never be as heavy as Master of Puppets ever again. But... when I hear the new song from Jimmy Eat World, I can't help but think that this is the best they've sounded since Bleed American. I'm not saying it's as good as their classics from twenty one years ago (God, I'm old...), but "Something Loud" comes close. While most bands are well into their Adult Contemporary sound once they cross the twenty year mark, Jimmy Eat World are recapturing the spirit of their youth. While most of Jimmy Eat World's music since Bleed American hasn't worked for me, "Something Loud" does.
Turns out nostalgia helped fuel Jimmy Eat World's return to their classic sound. The response to the When We Were Young Festival helped. Jim Adkins explains:
“While I thought I made the most of the early band days, I realize now I missed some stuff,. You’re in such a hurry to grow out of the formidable years. Like shit-togetherness is going to magically arrive when you hit some age you thought ‘grownups’ were. Yeah, it doesn’t work that way. But maybe the thing age and experience do reveal is that pivotal moments are hard to grasp when you are in them."