Futures (album)

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Futures
Studio album by Jimmy Eat World
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock, emo, power pop, pop rock
Length 49:33
Label Interscope
Producer Gil Norton
Jimmy Eat World chronology
Bleed American
(2001)
Futures
(2004)
Chase This Light
(2007)
Singles from Futures
  1. "Pain"
    Released: September 2004
  2. "Work"
    Released: January 2005
  3. "Futures"
    Released: May 2005

Futures is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World, released on October 19, 2004 through Interscope Records. Futures was led by the successful single "Pain", followed by "Work" and "Futures". The album has sold 620,000 units in the United States, giving it Gold Record status.

Background and recording[edit]

The band initially entered the studio with Mark Trombino, producer of the band's previous three studio albums, Static Prevails (1996), Clarity (1999), and Bleed American (2001). Disagreements, however, lead to Trombino's departure from the project. In 2010, vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins commented on Trombino's departure stating:[1]

That’s just all old shit, man. Time goes on. The whole Futures thing, when we started making a record with Mark [Trombino], we were nowhere near ready to start making a record. It was an unfortunate result of a lot of bad decisions in the way things ended up. It doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t want to work with people who aren’t extremely passionate about their ideas and their contributions, as long as in the back of your head everyone knows they’re on the same side. Everyone’s trying to make the best song recording possible. Things can get really heated in the battle for that, but in the end everyone’s on the same side.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jimmy Eat World

No. Title Length
1. "Futures"   3:58
2. "Just Tonight..."   3:26
3. "Work"   3:23
4. "Kill"   3:48
5. "The World You Love"   5:01
6. "Pain"   3:01
7. "Drugs or Me"   6:25
8. "Polaris"   4:51
9. "Nothingwrong"   3:09
10. "Night Drive"   5:03
11. "23"   7:23
Total length:
49:33

Deluxe edition and bonus tracks[edit]

The CD was issued simultaneously as regular and deluxe editions, with the latter containing a bonus CD with exactly the same track listing as the regular album, but carrying demo versions of the songs, which were recorded in Jimmy Eat World's home recording studio. In addition, there were several bonus tracks scattered among import and vinyl versions of the album:

Limited edition acetate pressing
  1. "Jen" – 3:00 (All subsequent track numbers are increased)
US vinyl pressing
  1. "Shame" – 5:40 (All subsequent track numbers are increased)
UK import
  1. "Shame" – 5:40
  2. "When I Want" – 2:59

The demo versions of these songs are also on the UK deluxe edition.

Japanese import
  1. "Shame" – 5:40
  2. "When I Want" – 2:50
  3. "You" – 3:20

In addition to the 13 demos on the UK deluxe edition, disc 2 of the Japanese deluxe edition contains:

  1. "You" (Demo) – 3:09
  2. "The Concept" – 3:02 (Teenage Fanclub cover)
  3. "Work" (Acoustic) – 3:21
  4. "Sparkle" – 3:41

Singles[edit]

  • "Pain" was released in September 2004.
  • "Work" was released in January 2005.
  • "Futures" was released in May 2005.

Usage in other media[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (94%) [2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [4]
Blender 4/5 stars [4]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars [8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [9]
Sputnikmusic (5/5) [10]

Futures was well received by music critics upon its release.[4] On the review aggregating website Metacritic, the album obtained an average score of 73, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 27
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 7
German Albums (Media Control)[13] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 65
US Billboard 200[15] 6

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 200

Personnel[edit]

  • Jim Adkins - vocals, guitar
  • Rick Burch - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Zach Lind - drums
  • Tom Linton - guitar, vocals

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Gil Norton - production
  • David Schiffman - engineering
  • Rich Costey - Mixing, additional engineering
  • Jake Davies - additional engineering, digital editing
  • Jason Grossman - recording assistant
  • Steven Rhodes - recording assistant
  • Claudius Mittendorfer - mixing assistant
  • Dan Leffler - engineering assistant
  • Ross Peterson - engineering assistant
  • David Campbell - string arrangement on "Drugs Or Me"
  • Ted Jensen - mastering
  • Christopher Wray-McCann - front cover photography
  • Kevin Scanlon - photography
  • Ben Allgood - art direction
  • Liz Phair - backing vocals on "Work"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – 09.22.10 - Interview". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim (2004-10-19). "Futures - Jimmy Eat World". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Futures by Jimmy Eat World". Metacritic. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  5. ^ Dobson, Gareth (2004-10-22). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  6. ^ Hiatt, Brian (2004-10-22). "Futures Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ Clarke, Betty (8 October 2004). "CD: Jimmy Eat World - Futures". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004-11-11). "Futures : Jimmy Eat World : Review". Rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  10. ^ Knott, Adam (2009-11-26). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  11. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "Jimmy Eat World Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Jimmy Eat World. Prometheus Global Media.
  13. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline". Musicline.de. Media Control. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "Jimmy Eat World Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Jimmy Eat World. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. ^ Billboard 200 Albums (2005 Year-end). Billboard.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.

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