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Chase This Light by Jimmy Eat World
Released: Oct 2007
Label: Interscope
Just when you thought Jimmy Eat World couldn't get any more polished, the band enlists the slickest man in the production business, Butch Vig, for its fifth album. What's left of the group's angular emo core gets its edges rounded off -- see the layered guitar crunch of "Big Casino" and the post-hardcore ballad "Carry You." Halfway through the album, on "Electable (Give It Up)" and "Gotta Be Somebody's Blues," the sound transforms into moody, stadium-ready alt-rock that rivals that of Billy Corgan and Co.
Dan Shumate

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