Label: Dine Alone Music
Jimmy Eat World's eighth album is their simplest record since before you probably knew who they were. Damage is out-the-gate with the jangle pop of "Appreciation" and hardly lets up for a cinched 38 minutes, peaking in the second act with the ultra-melodic "How'd You Have Me" and "No, Never," which, of all things, marries Prince's "1999" and Liz Phair's "Never Said." Cultivating familiarity, they swirl in synths, organ and other cute touches only when it's absolutely necessary for the melody. Putting melody first makes this their best album since 2001's megahit Bleed American.