It's been five years since their last album, Invented, was released, but now the highly influential Jimmy Eat World are back with their eighth full-length album, Damage.

It is always interesting to see how long-lasting artists mature and change throughout their careers. Mike Kinsella and Mark Kozelek are two that definitely come to mind, and it would be more than fair to add Jim Adkins and the rest of Jimmy Eat World, whose first album appeared in 1994, to that list.

Damage finds the band, fronted by the 37-year-old Adkins, exploring a theme that is not necessarily new territory for them: relationships. Particularly the ending of relationships. While this particular subject is often returned to by Jimmy Eat World, and indeed, a number of the bands that belong to the specific genre they helped create, Damage approaches it with the sensibility and maturity that an album by a younger band simply wouldn't be able to.

That being said, Damage doesn't really offer anything new, and from the first chords of 'Appreciation', it's pretty clear that Jimmy Eat World are playing it safe, which is something that many fans will welcome.

In the title track, Adkins sings "I want someone who lives up to this grandeur in my head / and you don't do much to sell me I'd be best with you instead," suggesting that there is nothing wrong with playing to one's strengths, which in this case is lyrical ability. The song's chorus is simultaneously infectious and emotionally-charged, which is also something that the band has been known for in the past and is a characteristic that is present throughout the entire album.

The solo acoustic guitar that opens 'Book Of Love' serves as a kind of change of pace to the album that might have begun to get a little tedious otherwise, especially after the unremarkable 'Lean'.

While the album may not bear the emotional weight of 1999's Clarity, an album that is (to many) genre-defining, there are moments that suggest that Jimmy Eat World aren't quite finished with that style just yet. In particular, the track 'Byebyelove' with its clean electric guitar, simple but effective drumming, and huge chorus seems to exemplify all of the band's stronger points at once. Additionally, the spacey vocal effect just before the final chorus kind of recalls the bulk of their Clarity-era epic, 'Goodbye Sky Harbor', but on a much smaller, much more contained scale.

There is a reason Jimmy Eat World are so well respected when it comes to their particular brand of emo music, and Damage is full of catchy-yet-thoughtful songs that make it an incredibly accessible release.