Static Prevails is the second album by Jimmy Eat World. It was released on July 23, 1996. Along with Clarity, the album was re-released in 2007 in remastered form with bonus tracks. It was produced by Wes Kidd, Mark Trombino and Jimmy Eat World. The album is the first to feature bass guitarist Rick Burch.
Allmusic stated, "what Static Prevails essentially lacks is the songwriting maturity that Jimmy Eat World could have perfected; but it's almost as if the studio heads at Capitol wouldn't let them so that there would be more room for radio-friendly pop songs. In the end, nobody won."
In 2012, The A.V. Club noted, "As with so many punk bands that signed to a major during that decade, Jimmy Eat World gained precious few new fans — and lost many old ones — with Static Prevails."