Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Lewis Capaldi, Fontaines D.C., Ten Tonnes and more.
Order a copy
May 2019
Review

Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues

'Integrity Blues' feels like a band you once loved slowly losing their way.
Published: 10:38 am, October 21, 2016
'Integrity Blues' feels like a band you once loved slowly losing their way.

Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Released: October 21st 2016
Rating: ★★★

There’s no denying that Jimmy Eat World have always been a little bit cheesy but they’ve always managed to package it in a way that didn’t seem stereotypical. Unfortunately 2013’s Damage saw the four-piece steer in a direction of banality, with lyrics like "I hate the way I feel but I don't think I can change, I just breathe through each day" and it seems as though a few years hasn’t really changed much. Granted, there are some nostalgic moments from the likes of ‘It Matters’ and ‘Get Right’, which sees the band hone in on their tried-and-trusted anthemic tendencies, pulling out their trademark catchy chorus work and building tensions but unfortunately Integrity Blues is full of more misses than it is hits.

‘Pass The Baby’ is a strange, stark electronic-focused track that is very un-Jimmy Eat World and not in a progressive kind of way. It sticks out like a sore thumb, as Jim Adkins performs an intimidating, almost sultry-vocal. ‘Pretty Grids’ follows the same kind of formula, stripping back instrumentation before building to a very cliched chorus. Thankfully some relief is brought by ‘You Are Free’ which is straight-up classic Jimmy Eat World but sadly, 'Integrity Blues' feels like a band you once loved slowly losing their way. Sammy Maine

Give all this a try

No Rome has dropped a brand new track, 'Cashmoney'
Listen

No Rome has dropped a brand new track, 'Cashmoney'

It's the first track to arrive from a new EP, 'Crying in the Prettiest Places'.
Watch: The 1975's Matty Healy has been playing 'Notes On A Conditional Form' cut 'Jesus christ 2005 god bless america' in the US
Listen

Watch: The 1975's Matty Healy has been playing 'Notes On A Conditional Form' cut 'Jesus christ 2005 god bless america' in the US

Check out the intimate, acoustic track as performed at some small US radio 'thingys'.
Sam Fender has announced his debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles'
Incoming!

Sam Fender has announced his debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles'

Seemed as good an excuse as any to get the BRITs Critics' Choice winner on the blower to tell us more.
Another Sky have dropped a brand new single, 'The Cracks'
Watch

Another Sky have dropped a brand new single, 'The Cracks'

The second track from a forthcoming EP, 'Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds', you can check it out now.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing