For Jimmy Eat World‘s seventh full-length, they worked with Mark Trombino. He is the producer of arguably their best works ‘Clarity’ and ‘Bleed American’. So the band are already putting a statement of intent out â€“ showing that even though they’re getting older, they have no intention of giving up and still want to make good albums. This is a pleasing thing to do for their fans, as more often that not, as bands get older they kind of fade away from what they used to be. After listening to ‘Invented’, it’s safe to say that Jimmy Eat World aren’t fading away, and are in fact getting better.
The album opens with ‘Heart Is Hard To Find’. Acoustic guitar and hand claps are dominantly used and as a result, it is a less urgent Jimmy Eat World but Jim Adkins‘ vocals are as open and honest as they’ve ever been. Yielding, sweeping strings come into fruition too, and light notes shine through at the end of the song. This makes for a harmonising, enjoyable opening listen.
Throughout their career, the band have always shown the ability to write killer hooks. Lead single ‘My Best Theory’ is the latest in line of these. While it’s not as sudden or instantly catchy as past singles, it still prospers on the band’s driving guitars. For the most part, ‘Invented’ thrives on radio-friendly tracks like ‘Evidence’ and ‘Action Needs An Audience’. These songs remind the listener of 90’s Foo Fighters and the fast-paced ‘Coffee And Cigarettes, and with its harmonies and lush vocals is Jimmy Eat World at their best. Typical Jimmy Eat World numbers are spread here and there; ‘Stop’ is steady-paced and calmly delivered with heartfelt lyrics, and ‘Cut’ is the atmospheric track that surges with male and female backing vocals and it explodes with radiance near the end. It leaves you captivated and hanging on to every last word.
The title track is the band stripped down, similar to the opening track, with a slow build and an overall eerie feeling which is helped by female vocalist Courtney Marie Andrews, who adds a pleasant element throughout the album. Again, and as slightly expected, the band explode past the 5 minute mark, which is a relief to both them and the listener, although the band’s return to a quiet state is welcomed and doesn’t make it overall typical. In terms of progression from 2007’s ‘Chase This Light’, there isn’t too much of it evident here. Nonetheless, the band’s use of electronic elements (see ‘Higher Devotion’) and acoustic guitars makes ‘Invented’ more rounded and slightly varied than the former.
In terms of songwriting, there isn’t much change from what we’ve heard before, but it’s still to a high standard and it must be said that this is a Jimmy Eat World album that grows on you, and the good and bad points don’t come apparent straight away. On the whole, ‘Invented’ will please fans of the band with little style change and remaining consistent. The band’s new ideas are taken in at a nice, steady pace which eliminates confusion or alienation for the listener. This isn’t on par with the band’s best work, but it’s far from their worst.
Written by Rhys Milsom