Jimmy Eat World / Invented / Universal
A strong progression from the unforgettable Bleed American and the raucous pop LP Chase This Light, the Arizona group’s latest release takes singer Jim Adkins’ sincerity, wraps it in distinctive harmonies and splashes it in your face. The reaction scheduled to follow may be unexpected. While the seventh studio effort slow dances with the growth, it does point out flaws that come with age, like awkward attempts at getting with the times (“Higher Devotion”) and revisiting melodramatic teenage emotions (“Cut”).
What it does stress is the band’s journey is far from closure. Carved out of hallmark Jimmy Eat World, “Evidence” and the Tom Linton-fronted “Action Needs An Audience” churns out amped arena rock while holding hands with “Littlething” and “Movielike”, genuine pop punk shaded in by enchanting hooks and an uplifting voice. Invented proves age is simply a number that doesn’t force a group to falter but instead reinvents nostalgic butterflies and shapes an acoustic ballad destined to be the next stand-in-the-rain love plea.
Download: “Invented”, “Evidence”
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