Futures (album)

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Futures
Futues.jpg
Studio album by Jimmy Eat World
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock,[1][2] pop rock,[3] pop punk,[4] emo,[5] power pop[2]
Length 49:33
Label Interscope
Producer Gil Norton
Jimmy Eat World chronology
Bleed American
(2001)
Futures
(2004)
Stay on My Side Tonight
(2005)
Singles from Futures
  1. "Pain"
    Released: October 11, 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 and Gil Norton became the producer.[6]

"Kill" references the Elliott Smith 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]

Futures was released on October 19, 2004 by Interscope.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 94%[9]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[10]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[11]
Blender 4/5 stars[11]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[13]
Entertainment Weekly B−[12]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[15]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[16]

Futures was well received by music critics upon its release.[11] On the review aggregating website Metacritic, the album obtained an average score of 73, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[11]

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.[10] 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."[12] At The Guardian, Betty Clarke noted "singer-songwriter Jim Adkins jumps neck-deep into heartbreak. His lyrics are his strength."[3]

Futures was ranked at number 44 in Kerrang!‍ '​s "50 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die" list.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jimmy Eat World.

  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:

Singles[edit]

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

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 27
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 65
US Billboard 200[22] 6

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[23] 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]

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. ^ a b c Clarke, Betty (8 October 2004). "CD: Jimmy Eat World - Futures". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures (album review 8) - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Eat World". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Ben Kaye. "Dissected: Jimmy Eat World (with Jim Adkins)". Consequence of Sound. p. 6. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – 09.22.10 - Interview". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Interviews: Jimmy Eat World". Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  10. ^ a b Sendra, Tim (2004-10-19). "Futures - Jimmy Eat World". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Futures by Jimmy Eat World". Metacritic. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  12. ^ a b Hiatt, Brian (2004-10-22). "Futures Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  13. ^ Dobson, Gareth (2004-10-22). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  14. ^ "Jimmy Eat World - Futures". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  15. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004-11-11). "Futures : Jimmy Eat World : Review". Rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  16. ^ Knott, Adam (2009-11-26). "Jimmy Eat World - Futures (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  17. ^ "50 Albums You Need To Hear Before You Die". Kerrang!. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  19. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Jimmy Eat World.
  20. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  21. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Futures". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  22. ^ "Jimmy Eat World – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jimmy Eat World.
  23. ^ Billboard 200 Albums (2005 Year-end). Billboard.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
Sources
  • McMahon, James, ed. (31 January 2015). "50 Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die". Kerrang! (London: Bauer Media Group) (1553). ISSN 0262-6624. 

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