In this week's edition of Staff Trax, I mention the greatness that is Jimmy Eat World's two Capitol records, along with their commercial breakthrough. While I also like Futures, I cannot say the same about Chase This Light.
Now that they have a new record out this week -- and a couple of my friends have reviewed it and liked it -- I'm still not sure about Invented.
I'm one of those people who can go on and on about why Static Prevails and Clarity are awesome. But when it comes to Chase This Light, I can only say a few things. It's bland and does not demand repeat listens. Seeing them perform a number of tracks from it a few years ago did not make me want to give it another shot.
I'm not going to retro-actively denounce my love for earlier Jimmy Eat World records. Hell, most of my college experience had a soundtrack filled with their music, including all of those songs on comps and 7-inches. I just have hesitation about certain bands when it looks like they're past the point of making something that I can truly connect with. The same applies to Weezer.