• Jimmy Eat World – "Stay on My Side Tonight"

    Jim Adkins walks you through a slow and painful heartbreak on his aptly titled EP. His lyrics don’t fall victim to the classic let-me-die emo mantra, and the remixed “Drugs or Me” might even represent a departure from that genre.

    It’s reminiscent of Frou Frou, with its stuttering sound samples and distorted bass line. Adkins also adds a vital touch of reality on “Disintegration,” with his melancholic words, This poison comes instruction free / Do what you want but I’m drinking.

    – MICHAEL KUHLMANN