Jimmy & friends invent more food for the world.
It's been three years since Jimmy Eat World 'Chased The Light' but with the release of their seventh studio album 'Invented', the band show that their familiar sound has been missed. The groups signature inspirational, college esque rock sound is again further re-invented and re-defined on this album.
The disc's lead single 'My Best Theory' is classic Jimmy and a great reminder and anticipation grinder for fans who may have forgot what they've been missing. With the opening lyrics "It's been a long time, so long/There's only one life I know" over building guitar it's clear however Jimmy hasn't forgotten. Before Jimmy imparts his greatest theory the album opens with the track 'Heart Is Hard To Find' complete with emphatic clapping and acoustic strumming. As the track builds so does the interest in this album. Showing that the spirit of this band is not hard to find after all these years.
The album was produced by Mark Trombino who helmed the boards of Jimmy classics 'Static Prevails', 'Clarity' and 'Bleed American' this direction produces yet another great record with everything you could want from the band. There's spine tingling rock ballads like 'Cut' and those harder rock cuts like 'Action Needs An Audience'. 'Invented's' title track features the backing vocals of folk singer and band tour mate Courtney Marie Andrews who totals 5 contributions on this album. The presence of Andrews beautiful vocals to these tracks give the records that haunting sound that made classic Jimmy Eat World tracks like 'Hear You Me' and 'Gotta Be Somebody's Blues' that much potent.
Tracks like 'Movielike' definitely feel cinematic and the other Musiq Soulchild grammatically named track 'Littlethings' is a standout. The gem 'Coffee & Cigarettes' is addictive but good for you, it sounds anything but tired. The album also features the leaked 'Stop' which was meant for 'Chase This Light'. Although 'Stop' was halted from their last project it starts over and finds a place perfectly on this album. The bands new set closes with the track 'Mixtape' which would be prefect for any tracklist for a couples collection of songs. Especially if this couple are trying to make things work as lyrics like "Maybe we could put your tape back on/Rewind until the moment we went wrong" really bring everything together.
Overall this is one of those great Jimmy Eat World records that you can just let play on the perfect Summers day and while the last days of Summer are escaping us 'Invented' might just be the record you need to savour right now. The album blends together seamlessly and although that means that a lot of these tracks sound similar that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sure we've heard it all before but Jimmy give their fans that familiar, tested sound that reminds them of old times and as the band and their fans grow together there's nothing quite like a good piece of nostalgia. TIM DAVID HARVEY