Static Prevails is the second album by Jimmy Eat World, released on July 23, 1996 by Capitol. 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 and the first to have been produced by Trombino.
Unlike previous album, which was sung mainly by Linton or all subsequent records, sung predominantly by Adkins, Static Prevails splits lead vocals almost fairly between both singers.
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."