There's a pattern to Adkins's songs -- misery, joy, cynicism, elation. He's a basic emotions kinda guy, and Bleed American plays on the value of those sentiments. Occasionally the album slips because of it -- maybe because it's just a little too simple for its own good. There's nothing distinctive to Jimmy Eat World; only the power rock of the title track displays any force. But with so many rockers and rappers in your face these days with their music and attitude, there's a certain comfort in the mild universe of Jimmy Eat World. Enjoy the defenselessness.
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