Futures (album)

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Futures
Futues.jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Eat World
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 49:33
Label Interscope
Producer Gil Norton
Jimmy Eat World chronology
Bleed American
(2001)Bleed American2001
Futures
(2004)
Stay on My Side Tonight
(2005)Stay on My Side Tonight2005
Singles from Futures
  1. "Pain"
    Released: September 14, 2004
  2. "Work"
    Released: December 7, 2004
  3. "Futures"
    Released: May 10, 2005

Futures is the fifth studio album by American 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, led to Trombino's departure from the project and Gil Norton became the producer.[6]

"Kill" references the Heatmiser song "Half Right",[6] which the band would later cover for their Stay on My Side Tonight EP.

In 2010, vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins commented on Trombino's departure stating:[7]

Release[edit]

"Pain" was released to radio on September 14, 2004.[8] Futures was released on October 19, 2004 by Interscope.[9] A deluxe edition of the album was released showcasing the album's songs in demo form.[10] "Work" was released to radio on December 7, 2004.[8] "Futures" was released to radio on May 10, 2005.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk94%[12]
AllMusic4/5 stars[13]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[14]
Blender4/5 stars[14]
Drowned in Sound8/10[16]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[15]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Punknews4.5/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[17]
Sputnikmusic5/5[18]

Futures was well received by music critics upon its release.[14] On the review aggregating website Metacritic, the album obtained an average score of 73, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[14]

Tim Sendra at AllMusic stated "Futures will most likely not be the sensation that Bleed American was -- it is too dark and inwardly focused for that." Sendra, however, noted that the album shows a sound progression that fans should accept.[13] Brian Hiatt of Entertainment Weekly opined that "if Jimmy are in the middle of a long ride, Futures retains just enough tunefulness to keep us from jumping out of the car."[15] At The Guardian, Betty Clarke noted "singer-songwriter Jim Adkins jumps neck-deep into heartbreak. His lyrics are his strength."[4]

Futures was ranked at number 44 in Kerrang!'s "50 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die" list.[19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jimmy Eat World.

No.TitleLength
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
Deluxe edition and bonus tracks

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:

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 27
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 65
US Billboard 200[24] 6

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[25] 200

Personnel[edit]

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

Citations
  1. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures (album review 2) - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The Importance of Understanding". Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Eat World". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Clarke, Betty (October 8, 2004). "CD: Jimmy Eat World - Futures". The Guardian. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures (album review 8) - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Ben Kaye (June 14, 2013). "Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins)". Consequence of Sound. p. 6. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – 09.22.10 - Interview". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ a b c "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Interviews: Jimmy Eat World". Punknews.org. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Heisel, Scott (October 19, 2004). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Futures by Jimmy Eat World". Metacritic. Retrieved October 2, 2016. The Arizona emo band returns with a follow-up to their successful 2001 self-titled effort. 
  12. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. October 19, 2004. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  13. ^ a b Sendra, Tim (October 19, 2004). "Futures - Jimmy Eat World". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Futures by Jimmy Eat World". Metacritic. October 19, 2004. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  15. ^ a b Hiatt, Brian (October 22, 2004). "Futures Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ Dobson, Gareth (October 22, 2004). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  17. ^ Sheffield, Rob (November 11, 2004). "Futures : Jimmy Eat World : Review". Rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  18. ^ Knott, Adam (November 26, 2009). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  19. ^ "50 Albums You Need To Hear Before You Die". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  21. ^ "Jimmy Eat World Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  24. ^ "Jimmy Eat World Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  25. ^ Billboard 200 Albums (2005 Year-end). Billboard.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
Sources
  • McMahon, James, ed. (January 31, 2015). "50 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die". Kerrang!. London: Bauer Media Group (1553). ISSN 0262-6624. 

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