jimmy eat world: clarity

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poll inspired by the final entry in jason heller's (kinda haphazardly assembled) history of '90s punk http://www.avclub.com/article/1999-jimmy-eat-world-closed-decadeand-opened-next-205513; much as i disagree with a lot of the arbitrary narrative shortcuts he takes (necessary to tie discrete and simultaneous scenes together though) this album retrospectively does seem to presage a lot of what happens to emo and pop-punk in the following decade. it's also just a gorgeous and coherent statement from a band that didn't seem entirely capable of either. always thought of it as emo's siamese dream.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Lucky Denver Mint 4
Goodbye Sky Harbor 2
A Sunday 2
Believe in What You Want 1
Blister 1
For Me This is Heaven 1
Clarity 0
Just Watch the Fireworks 0
Ten 0
12.23.95 0
Crush 0
Your New Aesthetic 0
Table for Glasses 0


emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:05 (seven years ago) link

BLISTER

cwkiii, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:09 (seven years ago) link

think i may vote for the title track but

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:11 (seven years ago) link

BLISTER

― cwkiii, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:09 AM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:11 (seven years ago) link

always thought this album sounded a lot like mid-period Jimmy Eat World

rap is afraid of me (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:25 (seven years ago) link

true

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:14 (seven years ago) link

Probably "A Sunday" but its been way too long since I've listened to this record. Time to revisit!

Funk autocorrect (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 17:09 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:01 (seven years ago) link

really wish i could vote for the whole "ten"/"just watch the fireworks"/"for me this is heaven" section, which is so gorgeously paced

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 01:39 (seven years ago) link

The whole album is gorgeously paced. The opening triptych is particularly impressive if only for its sheer range--like, here's how you go from slowcore to mainstream pop to Fugazi in a three-song blur.

I'm finding it hard to pick one song to vote for here because I don't think there's one song that best *represents* the album. I'm not sure that should be the criteria for picking a favourite song off of any album anyway, but I really don't know how I would go about trying to sell someone on Clarity on the basis of one track alone. That said, I'll probably stick with "A Sunday," a favourite mixtape opener of mine circa 1999/2000.

You know something? He *did* say "well, yeah" a lot. (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 02:52 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 00:01 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

oh of course i polled this record

two years pass...

i should've actually voted for the title track or "just watch the fireworks"

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:30 (three years ago) link

missed this poll when it happened. no way i could pick anything other than blister. the ultimate scream at the top of your lungs belter.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:37 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

happy belated 20th birthday to the best album of all time

smoke weed listen to "goodbye sky harbor"

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 1 March 2019 22:39 (two years ago) link

might just go drive over to sky harbor so i can turn around and drive away from it with that song cranked and look back on it in longingly through the rearview whilst screaming the lyrics. would probably make it home around the time the track ends lol.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 1 March 2019 23:54 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

are we going to poll Futures? that's the one I have the most fun playing God with btwn the bonus tracks and the Stay on My Side Tonight tunes. (anything to ditch "Drugs or Me".)

Simon H., Sunday, 28 April 2019 07:35 (two years ago) link

i’ll start a poll! the only b-side i’d put on the album is “shame” but then i like “drugs or me”

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 28 April 2019 10:23 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

i did it
Jimmy Eat World — Futures

i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Thursday, 15 April 2021 18:35 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

heard this for the first time & totally regret having always written them off because of "the middle", gorgeous album that finds a real sweet spot with its sound. "goodbye sky harbor" is astounding

ufo, Thursday, 14 October 2021 01:36 (one week ago) link

welcome

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 October 2021 02:25 (one week ago) link

Time to go through the whole discography ufo

“A Sunday” is just a vibe I need more of

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 14 October 2021 04:47 (one week ago) link

this poll makes me feel like it's reasonable that Lucky Denver Mint is my favorite Jimmy Eat World, period

alpine static, Thursday, 14 October 2021 06:07 (one week ago) link


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