‘In­tegrity Blues’ soars with in­ven­tive mu­sic

“In­tegrity Blues,” the band’s ninth al­bum, con­tin­ues its re­cent string of re­leas­ing a new record ev­ery three years, seem­ingly with­out heed of whether or not its mu­sic ever res­onates again on such a mass scale.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - PREVIEW - By Sam Gn­erre Con­tact Sam Gn­erre at sgn­erre@scng.com or @samgn­erre on Twit­ter.

Fame found Mesa, Ari­zona’s Jimmy Eat World in 2001, when its hy­per­in­fec­tious tune, “The Mid­dle,” be­came a huge hit.

“In­tegrity Blues,” the band’s ninth al­bum, con­tin­ues its re­cent string of re­leas­ing a new record ev­ery three years, seem­ingly with­out heed of whether or not its mu­sic ever res­onates again on such a mass scale.

Not that sev­eral of th­ese songs aren’t earcatch­ing enough to climb the charts.

“Sure and Cer­tain” has a sense of airi­ness and won­der that sets its in­can­des­cent cho­rus aglow, while “Pretty Grids” turns a gritty start on its ear, open­ing up into a wider panorama of sparkling gui­tars and swelling key­boards in sup­port of an­other soar­ing cho­rus.

Lead singer and song­writer Jim Ad­kins has a strong tenor voice fully ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing both an­themic state­ments such as “You Are Free” (“…as much as you can stand to be”) and time­less-sound­ing bal­lads such as “The End Is Beau­ti­ful,” which man­ages to make a ro­man­tic breakup sound tremen­dously ap­peal­ing.

The band stretches out on a cou­ple of tracks. One, “Pol Roger,” is a lovely bal­lad with a dream­like aura, and the other, ‘Pass the Baby,” a real head-scratcher that starts with off­beat lyrics in­toned over sparse gui­tar and a re­peated drum beat, and ends with an unin­spired heavy gui­tar solo.

It’s the only sub­par track on “In­tegrity Blues,” a care­fully crafted and highly lis­ten­able al­bum which ranks with the band’s best works.

Jimmy Eat World has three L.A.-area dates sched­uled on its cur­rent tour: to­day at the Roxy in West Hol­ly­wood, Thurs­day at the Glass House in Pomona and Satur­day back in West Hol­ly­wood at The Trou­ba­dour.

Artist: Jimmy Eat World Al­bum: “In­tegrity Blues” Genre: Rock La­bel: RCA Rank­ing: ★★★ On­line: Watch the band per­form “Sure and Cer­tain” live on “Late Night With Stephen Col­bert” at http:// bit.ly/2e8XI2F.

RCA

The cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “In­tegrity Blues”

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