Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

One reference to getting hit with someone's best shot is probably about breaking up (like most of the CD).


More in the "parking in the backseat" type than anything overtly descriptive, though just about any teen can figure out what "taste you all over my teeth" means.


Nothing bad.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs are mentioned in several songs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jimmy Eat World plays perfectly to the teen demographic, writing songs about lost love, good times, and making out. While some of the songs do talk of sex and drugs, they tend to skirt the edge without going over the top into the R-rated world.

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Adult Written bysoccermom1234 April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byitisme April 9, 2008


Nothing new here, all about the exact same topic, and hard to distinguish songs from each other. Nothing Special.

What's the story?

Jimmy Eat World is definitely one of the more listenable of the up-tempo, power-pop bands that have emerged. On FUTURES, the title track paints a mildly hopeful picture about November elections. However, just about everything else is about heartbreak and other teen fare. \"Work\" seemingly deals with a guy trying to talk a girl into sex, while \"Just Tonight\" finds the protagonist singing about what happens when the lights go out and how, when they come back on, he can \"taste you all over my teeth.\" A couple songs deal with drugs: \"Pain,\" where we find someone self-medicating with pills over lost love, followed by an anti-drug ballad, \"Drugs or Me.\"

Is it any good?

On Futures, Jimmy Eat World has written big hooks and stayed fairly uncomplicated in the musical approach. Though some songs deal with heartbreak and other teen challenges, the vibe is almost always up-tempo and some of the words can even get sweet. And though there may not be any irresistible, slam-bang single like "In the Middle," this CD is solid and should do well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the songs that no doubt hit on topics of interest to teens: lost love, being ready for sex (or not), drugs, drinking and driving.

Music details

  • Artist: Jimmy Eat World
  • Release date: October 19, 2004
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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