Someone at Capitol Records should be kicking themselves right now. Just two years ago, the label split with the Arizona-based indie-rock quartet Jimmy Eat World after the band's second LP, "Clarity," didn't move many units. The fault, however, laid more with the record company's promotional arm than with the band, as "Clarity" was a near-masterpiece that could easily have lent a few radio hits.
How did the emo crew respond? They toured for two years, scraped together money and recorded "Bleed American," easily one of the year's best releases. Now signed to DreamWorks, JEW is poised for greatness, with the hard-rocking title track already tearing up the radio. And there's more to come: The Weezer-esque "Get it Faster" will be a staple of modern-rock stations, and the divine "Hear You Me" is a gorgeous ballad that pays homage to a deceased friend.
Buy the album now, and one day you can tell your friends you knew these guys before they blew up.