Jimmy Eat World – ‘Damage’

Few bands do heartache with as much majesty

No matter your age, angst remains a powerful muse. Jimmy Eat World have been channelling theirs into catchy emotive rock – don’t call them emo! – since their 1994 debut, coming to prominence with the catchy, poppy hooks of 2001’s ‘Bleed American’. There are plenty of those on these 10 songs, notably the infectious title track, lead single ‘I Will Steal You Back’ and the scornful spite of ‘How’d You Have Me’. There are a couple of duds, (‘Book Of Love’, ‘Please Say No’), but, as forlorn closer ‘You Were Right’ ably demonstrates, few bands do heartache with as much majesty.

Mischa Pearlman