Bleed American [2 CD Deluxe Edition]

Bleed American [2 CD Deluxe Edition]

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by Jimmy Eat World

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After being dropped by Capitol, Jimmy Eat World returned in 2001 with their most consistent and accessible album to date. Recorded entirely on the band's dime, before they had a new record deal, Bleed American features compelling lyrics, driving guitar work, and insanely catchy melodies. Left to their own devices during the recording process, it wouldn't have…  See more details below


After being dropped by Capitol, Jimmy Eat World returned in 2001 with their most consistent and accessible album to date. Recorded entirely on the band's dime, before they had a new record deal, Bleed American features compelling lyrics, driving guitar work, and insanely catchy melodies. Left to their own devices during the recording process, it wouldn't have been surprising if the band had turned out another layered, sprawling album akin to their previous full-length masterwork, Clarity. Perhaps sensing that they wouldn't be able to top their previous work when it came to spacy emo, Bleed American heads in a new direction. There are no 16-minute songs here, just straight-ahead rock & roll, performed with punk energy and alt-rock smarts. The title track sets the tone for the album with its blistering guitar attack and aggressive vocals. "A Praise Chorus" and "The Middle" improve upon that formula, maintaining the forceful instrumentation but toying with the lyrical themes. "A Praise Chorus" uses the most basic of rock emotions for lyrical inspiration, "I wanna fall in love tonight," while lifting lyrics from Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover," They Might Be Giants' "Don't Let's Start," and Mötley Crüe's "Kick Start My Heart," among others. When used in a song about the comfort and trappings of nostalgia, this borrowing comes off more like a well-placed tribute than stealing. "The Middle" offers a pep talk about self-acceptance and fitting in, and one of the most memorable guitar riffs this side of Angus Young. Bleed American's quieter moments recall some of the band's signature instrumentation from their previous work. Gentle keyboards, bells, and stirring background vocals from former that dog. member Rachel Haden enhance the understated beauty of ballads like "Hear You Me" and "Cautioneers." Haden's most enjoyable contribution, however, is to the up-tempo rocker "The Authority Song." On the surface a song about a song (John Mellencamp's "Authority Song"), it also name drops the Beatles' "What Goes On." The numerous references to other bands and other songs reveal that although Jimmy Eat World is a critically acclaimed and incredibly talented band, the members are really just rock fans themselves. If they maintain this level of quality, however, don't be surprised if the next generation of ambitious rockers start writing songs that pay tribute to Jimmy Eat World. [The 2008 Deluxe reissue of the album lives up to the deluxe tag, featuring an entire disc's worth of b-sides, live tracks, demos and an unreleased version of "Your House." Many of the tracks were released in Japan, the UK, or Germany, it's nice to have them all gathered together in one spot. None of the extras stand out as relevatory or essential, but they do add quite a bit of background to one of the few pop/punk or emo albums likely to stand the test of time.] ~ Mark Vanderhoff & Tim Sendra

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Geffen Records


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Eat World   Primary Artist
Rachel Haden   Vocals
Doug Messenger   Hand Clapping
Mark Trombino   Percussion,Emulator
Rick Burch   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Zach Lind   Percussion,Drums
Davey vonBohlen   Vocals
Ariel Rechtshaid   Vocals
Tom Linton   Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Travis Keller   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

George Michael   Composer
Anne Dudley   Composer
Guy Charbonneau   Engineer
Kim Deal   Composer
Paul Dorrington   Composer
David Gedge   Composer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik   Composer
Gary Langan   Composer
Peter Lucia   Composer
Liam Howlett   Composer
Jimmy Eat World   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Robert Pollard   Composer
Paul Morley   Composer
J. Robbins   Engineer
Tommy James   Composer
Mark Trombino   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Walter   Producer
Jeff Kleinsmith   Art Direction
Ken Andrews   Producer,Engineer
Chris Douridas   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
William Eggleston   Cover Photo
Simon Smith   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Darren Belk   Composer

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Bleed American 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning to the end this cd is full of twists and turns and ups and downs that takes you on ride and leaves you wanting more. Its got fast songs to get you pumped, slow songs to get you in the mood, and some to just make you happy as in one of my favorites,Authority song. All in all this cd is great and Jimmy eat world deserves great applause for another job well done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band is the best. They have what it takes to keep the fans happy which is the most important thing in this ''TRL'' type pop-crud culture. This is the most inspiring group that I have ever followed. I knew them when they were in high school, and it's awesome to see a band that has worked so hard finally get the respect that they deserve. GO J.E.W!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Sweetness'' may be the best song I've ever heard this year. From its harmony to the almost '80s sounding melody to the always in tune band, ''Sweetness'' gave me much, much happiness. Oh yeah, and I liked the rest of the album too. It's amazing how much harmonizing they did. It's also amazing they didn't create a pop-rock monster. How could they not be really, really popular?
Guest More than 1 year ago
bleed american flows- jimmy eat world is a great band- i would spread the word about them- and definetly suggest you buy their cds
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a fantastic album no bad songs on it whatsoever the best song is Hear u Say (in no way a connection to the british cheesy pop band hearsay!!) fantastic fantastic go buy it!!! it will make me happy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one dope album. Saw them in concert with weezer and their jams got my attention. Went out and bought the cd and now its one of my favs. Buy it, steal it, do watever you gotta do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being introduced to the epic album Clarity some two years ago i thought there was no way Jimmy Eat World could bring themselves to a higher level of class song writing. But they have once again exelled themselves in writing bouncy power pop tunes like The Middle and soft heart touching ballads such as Hear You Me. The album is talented song writing at its best , starting off with Bleed American, possibly having the catchiest guitar riff in a long while, moving through to songs such as if you don't don't, with lyrics simple yet so effective such as ''we once walked out on the beach and once i almost touched your hand'' resonating Jim's lyric writing skills throughout the entire album. And it couldn't finish with a better ballad than My sundown, with the beautiful voice of Rachel Haden. JEW have bounced back from their previous record label letdown and has produced an album which is a true contender for the greatest album ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bleed American is the best CD, I loved all of the songs on it. It has good variations from really heavy music to soft sweet music. It is deffinately a must buy!!!! Peace out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best albums I have listened to in a long time. Standouts include the title track ''Bleed American,'' ''Hear You Me,'' and ''The Authority Song.'' Not one song on this album sounds the same, giving variety for every listener.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Eat World is one of the most innovative and refreshing sounds, especially in this genre, to be cast into the new millenium. Lyrically aswell as melodically enthrawling, this albumn encompasses the true art of expression, grasping your emotions, and taking you into the world that is often seen, but with a perspective that is seldom explored. The unique rawness and brutal honesty of the tracks exude a vidgulence to a patriotic America, and a rapture for a society thraught with teenage angst and relationship pitfalls. This albumn is sharp, lively and with such deep issues explored, still classically entertaining. These guys resemble a young foo fighters, and are more than destined for great things. A truely inspirational albumn, that should be part of every good collection. An easy 5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD! This is by far one of my favoite cds. I love it. you should buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok on vacation i listened to this CD over 20 times and never got tired of it. Their lyrics are amazing. They are about life. Like some artists are great and all but they pull experiences in and everything! I can realate to a lot of the stuff they say. Like track number 6. I caould only listen to it once because everything they sung was exactly like the recent death of one of my friends.You all just have to take my word for it. This Cd rocks. It's unbelievable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs were amazing! I don't have any of their other cds, but after I heard this one, I want all of the other ones! The guitar solos were pretty cool & the whole CD had catchy songs & great beats..I can't put it into words. Some of my favs were ''A Praise Chorus'', ''The Authority Song'', & ''Bleed American''. The bass on ''Cautioners'' was also pretty awesome. I LUV this CD!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest albums I've heard in ages and it's almost as good as Clarity. With songs as good as sweetness and authority song they leave you feeling happy but at the same time bring you to sadness almost tears with songs like Hear you Me. Buy this it's amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is great because it has all different kinds of rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is defininately one of my favorite albums. 10 is my personal favorite, bt 3 is a classic. However, I still haven't listened to 1 and 2 yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is just undescribable. Every song sounds so good and the lyrics are well thought out. It's great how they capture human emotion in every song and let it out in such a wonderful way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Eat World rocks my world! I just recently got their CD, and the music always helps me feel more cheerful. I love how it's so upbeat. I LOVE track 1, "Bleed American" after I heard it, I couldn't get it out of my head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you hear Bleed American and think "Oh boy, here comes another really loud, obnoxious hard rock band," JEW throws a curveball and hits you with some lighter, sensetive lyrics and sounds. True "sweetness."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one great cd. You have everything in here, from pulse pounding guitar to thoughtful ballads. I bought this cd for "The Middle", but there is so much to it. My personal favorite is "Praise Chorus." Definately buy this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
bleed america totally rocks, its the best damn song on this cd, buy it, buy it now!Ingawa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd is a must have for anyone who loves rock, pop, and that kinda musc! Please buy I am certain that you will love it! 3
Guest More than 1 year ago
rather nice CD, not the best ever but the do have really good songs among the ok ones. Hear you me (by the way is only 4min something secs not 28:28), my sundown, the middle, and cautioners are awesome. if u like 3 doors down or nickelback u will like this..
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