Jimmy Eat World play at House Of Blues, Friday, Feb 4th with David bazan & Band.
A review of Jimmy Eat World’s new album ‘Invented’.
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Jimmy Eat World fans, fear not: “Invented” is no disappointment.
This album provides none of the disgust we all have come to fear with follow-up albums from our favorite artists. There is no drastic sampling of sounds here or decline in lyrical quality. The formula is here and the band is loyal to it. The catchy beats, the melodramatic but relatable lyrics, the ballads that give you chills, the guitar riffs that pull your hand to the volume control, urging you to turn it up, everything you know and love about Jimmy Eat World is back and arguably better than ever.
There are a few new elements here, but nothing too brutal. Courtney Marie Andrews (from no band in particular) lends her backing vocals to a few of these tracks, while guitarist Tom Linton provides the lead vocals for “Action Needs an Audience”, track 10 on the album.
Here is a track-by-track review of “Invented”:
1) Heart is Hard to Find–(8)–a great opener, here we have the hand-claps that provide the toe-taps, the great lyrics that let you know what you’re getting into with this album and the vocals from Jim Adkins that settle you into the familiar while exciting you for the new. Adkins even utters “F***” for the first and only time on this album, which both thrilled and excited me. (Ssh, don’t tell Wal-Mart!)
2) My Best Theory–(9)–an excellent choice for a first single and a great follow-up to the first track. (If you are interested, the music video is available on Youtube.com here.) The chorus is catchy without the guilt. This may be a single that will soon be polluted with radio over-play, but it trumps anything currently on the radio today.
3) Evidence–(8)–ilustrious lyrics, brilliant instrumentals and tortured souls–it’s everything we love about J.E.W.
4) Higher Devotion–(10)–this was my favorite song on the album from the first time I heard it. There is a bit of electronica here but it is not overdone and the chorus is a killer! You will be listening to this song multiple times in one sitting, I can guarantee it.
5) Movielike–(8)–props to mentioning New York in the lyrics! I could see this song being featured in a movie. It has wide open instrumentals and a great closing. This is yet another concrete track!
6) Coffee and Cigarettes–(3)–my least favorite track on this album. The poignancy of the lyrics seem to be buried in the jamming of the instruments, however all of J.E.W.’s albums seem to have at least one track that sounds like this on them. Andrews’ vocals shine through but they aren’t enough to save it, in my opinion.
7) Stop–(8)–one of those slower rockers J.E.W. is famous for, this song relates the struggles of a man who has been through an emotional hell with his girl and he’s telling her that enough is enough. He’s basically saying, there you have me pissed off and upset like you wanted…happy now?
8) Littlething–(8)–a tender, sweet plea from a man who was in a relationship that failed and wants to spend a little more time with his former girl, even though he knows it’s wrong. This song plays with your heartstrings, especially if you’ve ever been in a similar situation.
9) Cut–(10)–there is a bit of a debate on the meaning of this song amongst the fans. While this song comes from what appears to be a female perspective, the amount of men she is addressing is questionable. There is one thing that the fans seem to agree on, though: “Cut” is the winner on this disc, becoming an instant favorite for most and a reminder of the “Disintegration” days for many.
10) Action Needs an Audience–(8)–Linton possesses a deeper voice than that of lead vocalist Jim Adkins but with just a hint of growl, enough to push an already rocking song into a slightly darker groove. The change is nice and it spices things up. The heavy guitar here seems fitting, considering the guitarist is the one with free reign here. This reminds me of “Nothingwrong” from the band’s album Futures, which is definitely not a bad thing.
11) Invented–(9)–the title track is one of those great ballads we’ve come to expect from J.E.W. Adkins gives a voice to the poor soul who realizes he is deeply in love and can’t seem to express it in quite the right way.
12) Mixtape–(7)–a sound closing track reminiscent of “My Sundown”, wherein the long and anticipatory opening is turned on its head and transformed into a longer closing. If only we could all rewind the tape to where we went wrong and start over…
Overall Album Review: A+
I highly recommend the purchase of this album if you are already a fan. This album would even be a great foray into J.E.W.’s catalog for someone who has never heard much of their music.
The more I listen to it, the more I love it. Two thumbs way up for “Invented”!
Here are some Long Island locations where you can purchase “Invented”: