Jimmy Eat World's tenth album is Surviving. It's the band's third album for RCA and their second consecutive album that they've worked with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. It's a short romp for an EP but it's the whole spectrum of what Jimmy Eat World does well. There are rock songs. There are loud guitar songs. There are pop songs. And there are a few new experimental things to throw in too.
Since Chase This Light Jimmy Eat World have put together a string of really good albums, Surviving might be the best album they've put out since their 2007 release. It's produced to perfection by Meldal-Johnsen. His final mix of the record is of course brilliant, but he did a good job of letting Jimmy Eat World be themselves. The band's guitars have had the same core sound for the past 15 years and that's held true on Surviving. There are some effects here and there but nothing overbearing. Jim Adkins voice hasn't really aged since Chase This Light, his lyrics have shifted gears with every album, but his vocal has never wavered. Best of all, Meldal-Johnson let the band do things intentionally to give this album a real soul.
Surviving shows Jimmy Eat World doing more than that. They're not exactly thriving, but the legendary band still has an audience and they're still putting out an elite level of music. There's lots to love on Surviving, and it could be the band's best work in a decade.