Bleed American

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Bleed American
Bleedamerican.jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Eat World
Released July 24, 2001
Recorded Cherokee, Los Angeles
Harddrive, North Hollywood
Genre Alternative rock,[1] emo,[2] emo pop,[3] pop punk,[2] power pop[4]
Length 46:38
Label DreamWorks
Producer Mark Trombino, Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World chronology
Singles
(2000)
Bleed American
(2001)
Futures
(2004)
Singles from Bleed American
  1. "Bleed American"
    Released: September 24, 2001
  2. "The Middle"
    Released: November 5, 2001
  3. "Sweetness"
    Released: June 3, 2002
  4. "A Praise Chorus"
    Released: 2002

Bleed American (re-released as Jimmy Eat World) is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World.

Songs[edit]

"Hear You Me" was reportedly written for Mykel and Carli Allan, the pair were fans of the band Weezer.[5]

The title for "The Authority Song" was taken from a John Mellencamp song.[5]

The album is the first Jimmy Eat World album without a lead vocal by guitarist Tom Linton.[5]

Recording[edit]

The album was produced by Mark Trombino.[6]

Release[edit]

Bleed American was released on July 24, 2001 by DreamWorks.[6][nb 1] The album artwork is taken from William Eggleston's photograph "Memphis".[5]

Out of concern that its title could be misinterpreted following the September 11 attacks, the album was re-released on October 9, 2001 with an eponymous title.[5] In addition, the title track was renamed "Salt Sweat Sugar."[7]

An EP, titled Good to Go EP, was released in Japan on February 22, 2002.[6][nb 2] A tour EP, The Middle/A Praise Chorus Tour EP was released in Australia in January 2003.[6][nb 3]

On April 28, 2008, a deluxe edition of the album was released with a bonus disc containing several b-sides, acoustic versions, live versions, demo versions and previously unreleased tracks. The original album and track title Bleed American were restored.[8][5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[9]
Drowned in Sound 10/10[10]
Entertainment Weekly B[11]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media 3.5/10[13]
Punknews.org 4/5 stars (2001)[14]
4/5 stars (2008)[15]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[17]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[1]
The Village Voice C+[18]

Bleed American was a critical and commercial success, helping the band gain mainstream popularity. Bleed American was well received by music critics and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[19] platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA),[20] and silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[21]

Thomas Nassiff at AbsolutePunk stated that "praising this album is something that can't be done enough" and concluded: "Certainly one of the most memorable records of 2001, Bleed American might actually have the most lasting power of any album from that class." Nassiff also opined that the album contained "no bad songs".[2] AllMusic's Mark Vanderhoff praised the album's "compelling lyrics, driving guitar work, and insanely catchy melodies".[9] Mike Stagno of Sputnikmusic commented: "When I first listened to Jimmy Eat World's fourth album, I wasn't really expecting anything other than an average mainstream rock album. What I got was an enjoyable, catchy mainstream rock album." Stagno noted its high replay value, particularly tracks such as "Sweetness" and "Get It Faster".[1] Aubin Paul of Punknews.org stated that unlike the band's prior albums, the second half of Bleed American was "quite strong, and really fleshes out the musical ideas from the record."[14] While noting that those who dislike "emo or 'poppier' music" would dislike the album, Paul ultimately concluded that "the punker-than-thou kids should stick with Static Prevails, but a catalog as impressive a J.E.W.'s can be appreciated by anyone without preconceptions."[14]

Q listed Bleed American as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[22] The album was included in Rock Sound's 101 Modern Classics list at number 48.[23] In 2013, it was ranked at number 429 on NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[24] BuzzFeed included the album at number 17 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[25] NME listed the album as one of "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic".[26] NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[27] The album was ranked at number 183 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jimmy Eat World, except "A Praise Chorus", which contains lyrics from "Crimson and Clover" written by Tommy James and Peter P. Lucia, Jr.[6]

  1. "Bleed American" – 3:02
  2. "A Praise Chorus" – 4:03
  3. "The Middle" – 2:46
  4. "Your House" – 4:46
  5. "Sweetness" – 3:40
  6. "Hear You Me" – 4:45
  7. "If You Don't, Don't" – 4:33
  8. "Get It Faster" – 4:22
  9. "Cautioners" – 5:21
  10. "The Authority Song" – 3:38
  11. "My Sundown" – 5:40
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per 2008 reissue booklet.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak position
Australia ARIA[31] 54
Germany[32] 20
New Zealand Recorded Music NZ[33] 43
UK OCC[34] 62
US Billboard 200[35] 31

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ U.S. DreamWorks 50334[6]
  2. ^ Japan DreamWorks UICW-1021[6]
  3. ^ Australia DreamWorks 450 794-2[6]
Citations
  1. ^ a b c Stagno, Mike (March 10, 2007). "Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Nassiff, Thomas (July 25, 2011). "Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Emo-Pop - Music Highlights - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (DreamWorks)". CMJ: 5. July 2, 2001. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Caffrey, Dan. "Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins)". Consequence of Sound. p. 5. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bleed American (Booklet). Jimmy Eat World. DreamWorks/Geffen/UMe/Interscope. 2008 [first released in 2001]. B0011062-02/STDPVCOSLV/B0011062-02 BK02. 
  7. ^ Heller, Jason (September 14, 2012). "How Jimmy Eat World's 'The Middle' Became the Best Song for a Bad Time". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store
  9. ^ a b Vanderhoff, Mark. "Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World". AllMusic. Retrieved May 15, 2007. 
  10. ^ Bezer, Terry (October 2, 2001). "Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ Morgan, Laura (September 7, 2001). "Bleed American". Entertainment Weekly: 165. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Hochman, Steve (July 29, 2001). "Jimmy Eat World, 'Bleed American,' DreamWorks.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (August 21, 2001). "Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b c Paul, Aubin (July 7, 2001). "Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 2, 2005. 
  15. ^ Shultz, Brian (May 30, 2008). "Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (Deluxe Edition)". Punknews.org. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American". Rolling Stone: 101–02. August 16, 2001. 
  17. ^ Scott, Aaron (June 28, 2001). "Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 27, 2001). "Turkey Shoot 2001". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 14, 2015". http://www.riaa.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015.  External link in |work= (help)
  20. ^ Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - February 2003
  21. ^ British Phonographic Industry Certified Award Search: Jimmy Eat World
  22. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65. 
  23. ^ "Rock Sound’s 101 Modern Classics: 49 - 25". Rock Sound Magazine. July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Rocklist.net....NME: The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time : October 2013". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  25. ^ Sherman, Maria; Broderick, Ryan (July 2, 2013). "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F----ing Die". BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  26. ^ "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic". NME.com. June 9, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  27. ^ "20 Emo Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time". NME.com. January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  28. ^ Martins, Chris (May 11, 2015). "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)". Spin. p. 2. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  29. ^ allmusic ((( Bleed American [Japan Bonus Track] > Overview )))
  30. ^ "Pop Goes The Emo On Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American". MTV News. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  31. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20020221-0000/www.aria.com.au/issue597.pdf
  32. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Jimmy Eat World / Longplay". Musicline.de. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Discography Jimmy Eat World". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Chart Log UK". zobbel.de. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  35. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jimmy Eat World.

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