A more apt title for 'Work', the second single off Jimmy Eat World's latest album, could be 'Business As Usual'. It's the sort of thing the Arizona quartet have done many times before, which may explain why, musically at least, they're bloody good at it.
A jangly riff over syrupy bass and drums backdrops Jimmy Adkins' sincere vocals for a couple of verses until the power chords arrive for the bridge and the chorus. Before you realise the lyrics themselves are pretty vague in places (and just plain naff in others), the band are harmonising a round of "ooooh-ooooh-ooooh"s you may be tempted to sing along with.
This is the power-ballad that emo built. Perfect for gazing out of the window at the lass who lives across the street who you haven't worked up the courage to talk to yet, or the montage of shots that end an episode of The OC where all the characters are either hugging, or crying or deeply reflecting on just what it means to be beautiful and rich and stuff.
6Nick Cowen's Score