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  • Audio CD (October 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drive-Thru
  • ASIN: B00064LOMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I CAN MAKE A MESS LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS is the side project of singer/songwriter Ace Enders from The Early November. This is a musically and lyrically more mature record that would fit perfectly alongside of Damien Rice and John Mayer as well as Dashboard Confessional and Postal Service. The CD was co-produced by Chris Badami and Ace, with the latter playing all instruments except drums (played by Chris). Some nice surprises include steel guitar, strings, and even a few snaps, claps and whistles.

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It Is a poignant and touching album.
A. Q. Napolitano
This album is very pleasing to listen to from beginning to end, it's soft, clever, and easy-listening.
Jason Chevez
This solo undertaking by Ace Enders, the lead singer of The Early November, is an amazing release.
Uke-kyun

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Uke-kyun on October 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This solo undertaking by Ace Enders, the lead singer of The Early November, is an amazing release. Featuring poignant lyrics, well-played guitar riffs, and other accompaniment, this is perhaps the best release by any new artist in 2004.

Ace's voice and musical style both have matured since the last Early November release, The Room's Too Cold. Unlike that album, though, this one is a bit more upbeat, with an overall lighter texture of sounds. With a mixture of slower songs and upbeat ones, every one of the fifteen tracks on this disc will quickly become your favorite. This album will be playing on constant repeat for at least the next two weeks for me -- at home, in the car, and on my iPod. I cannot recommend an album more highly.

Also, as a technical note, the CD contains fifteen tracks instead of the ten listed here. The other five tracks (1, 8, 9, 12, 13, and 15) are all untitled. In all, the CD runs 52 minutes and 36 seconds (approximately).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TJ on October 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is quite possibly one of the most amazing pieces of music I have heard in a very long time. Everything about this album is brilliant, unique, talented and creative. From the beautiful melodies of his acoustic guitar and vocals, all the way to finger snapping, whistling and the amazing string sections, this album is perfect from start to finish. Two of the best songs arent even listed on the track listing here -- the two untitled songs before "I Know The Sum and Subtance of My Evil" are worth the money for this album, as are the amazing lyrics Ace laces together. This album definately proves this man has amazing talent coming out of everywhere. We can now only hope this doesnt take away from the Early November, however, I really hope this album blows up, because it is absolutely brilliant, and deserves all of the exposure it gets.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Munyon on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I hate breaking things into categories, especially when it comes to music. This cd is one of the best I've heard all year. Two of the songs, Whispering and I Know the Substance of My Own Evil, were two of the best songs I've heard in a long time. AND NO, I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE YUKS WHO ONLY TALKS UP HIS FAVORITE GENRE. I love all kinds of music, from Jonathan Elias to Explosions in the Sky to Johnny Otis, Postal Service, Simon and Garfunkel, etc. This music is as good as any I've heard. Why? Because this band seemingly does what so many other don't - they take their time and write dang good music - with much of the focus where it should be - on the music, not the lyrics.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Collin Anderson on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Arthur Enders probably wishes he was writing music for a genre with more devoted followers. Unfortunately, his claim to fame is as the head of mainstream emo band The Early November, the archetypical embodiment of a genre that for me is saturated with some of the more gut wrenching of high school attitudes. Emo's success, especially in the last few years, has been due mostly to its appeal to the layperson; although not exclusively appearing in the seven-CD collections of ninth grade girls, it certainly is getting close. The accessibility is nothing to hold against the genre, unless you're an intolerant bigheaded snob, the ranks of which I am obviously quickly approaching. Emo is rarely something to obsess over (though there are those who are surprisingly devoted to it) and therefore this obscure solo project will remain virtually as underground as can be.

The album initially caught my interest when I heard the "Kashmir"-esque epic "Whispering Actually", with its throbbing synthesized strings creating an ominous mood I rarely heard in emo. It's not quite the towering masterpiece it masquerades as, but it is the most exciting work by an emo musician that I have ever heard. This is because it stands tall and seems to valiantly abandon the melodramatized mundane for the straightforward myth, also much like Led Zeppelin. I couldn't expect the whole album to be like this - it would be positively confusing if it were - but I also had faith that Ace's cool ideas would, even if less frequently displayed, be up to par. Instead he thought he could riddle the album with aspects of the great concept albums, which wear so thin they are usually transparent. But how can I pretend not to appreciate the effort?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eli Taylor on December 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Emo solo projects have a tendency to be good. One would only need to look at Matt Pryor and Chris Carrabba, with The New Amsterdams and Dashboard Confessional, respectively. With more creative control, the artist seems to be able to really express exactly what they want, and, for the most part, it turns out quite good.

I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business improves this notion ten fold.

Ace Enders, lead singer/guitarist of The Early November, bounces back from a dismal sophomore TEN album, The Room's Too Cold, to create the best emo solo project album out to date. In The Room's Too Cold, TEN lost their pop-rock with intensely personal lyrics/vocals as heard on For All of This and instead moved to a more experimental, but failing, emo style. While I Can Make A Mess does not return to TEN's For All of This style, it takes the few good parts of The Room's Too Cold and expands them into a magificent, hopeful, beautiful album full of folky guitars, catchy melodies, insightful lyrics, and perfect vocals. Ace may not be precisely in tune at all moments nor will his mostly acoustic guitar hit the poppiest of chords but this adds to the album rather than detract in the case of The Room's Too Cold. Songs such as "So I Have Finally Decided to Give Myself A Reason", "But When the Little Fellow Came Close...", and "Salvy", ring of hope and happiness and can't help but make you smile, while others such as "The Kindler Burns", "End of the Background Noise", and "I Know the Sum and Substance of My Evil" are poignent, introspective, and haunting. There is not a track on this album that fails to move the listener in some way or another. It is plainly and simplely, just wonderful.

Matt and Chris should be looking this way. It may help them on their next attept.
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