After building a solid underground fan base with landmark 1998 release "Clarity," Arizona's Jimmy Eat World emerged with a now-platinum self-titled third album in 2001, which spawned the hit "The Midd

After building a solid underground fan base with landmark 1998 release "Clarity," Arizona's Jimmy Eat World emerged with a now-platinum self-titled third album in 2001, which spawned the hit "The Middle." The same trademarks that made that record so enjoyable are in full effect on "Futures": upbeat pop-punk tempered with moodier, slower songs, great melodies and vocal harmonies courtesy of Jim Adkins and Tom Linton. Jimmy Eat World is considered one of emo's originators, and while some of the lyrical content of "Futures" still fits the genre's mold, the quartet continues to evolve sonically into more of a rock band. Although not as immediate as "Jimmy Eat World," "Futures" will not disappoint fans. Lead single "Pain" is already a top five track at modern rock and could be followed by "Just Tonight," "Work" and "Nothingwrong." Fans of the Cure will enjoy "23" as well.—BT

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