By Jimmy Eat World
Being one of the teenagers that ate up 'Clarity' and 'Bleed American' I know that I will always have a soft spot for Jimmy Eat World. Seven albums in, they are one of the few bands from my youth that I have continued to follow. I was excited by the news of 'Invented' and eagerly awaited its release. Moreover, reuniting with producer Mark Trombino ('Clarity,' 'Bleed American') for this effort seemed like it could only be good news.
On the first track 'Heart Is Hard To Find,' the acoustic guitar sounds crisp and Jimmy Adkins' vocals drift in over the top as the rest of the band fills in underneath to complete the sound. Jimmy has always had an ear for melody and it shows here. However, as the album goes on, it's hard to really be excited by it as it all sounds very familiar. They still know how to write a chorus, and piece together a pop song but the album lacks, rather ironically, invention. The songs sound like they could easily have been b-sides from the band's earlier releases and nothing marks it out as a defining album for the boys from Arizona.
Despite this, the album is still an enjoyable listen and it's evident the band haven't lost their knack of putting together well crafted pop songs. There are some nice touches on the production side of things, and Trombino has done a decent job in providing the album with something that helps set it apart from the rest of the band's discography. Despite their lack of invention, their songwriting talent still holds true and there's no doubt that long time fans will find something to enjoy. Hopefully for their next album, they will look to reinvent their sound, rather than recreate.