I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business
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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).
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?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an amazing album from beginning to end. I don't know how many times I have listened to it. Read morePublished on February 21, 2009 by Jackie J. Hansen
as far as having a passion for music, ace has that. his music is so simply beautiful, and to continue to put bands that would rather sing about a lost love than politics or... Read morePublished on February 1, 2007 by Nick Garcia
i got this cd mainly for the whispering song. i heard it on a drive through sampler and my friends and i played that friggin song over and over again in anticipation of the rest of... Read morePublished on July 28, 2006 by Rupert White
This is a side project by Ace Enders of the Early November. It Is a poignant and touching album. Mainly acoustic, it really reaches down and touches you in places much of pop music... Read morePublished on October 29, 2005 by A. Q. Napolitano
This album is very pleasing to listen to from beginning to end, it's soft, clever, and easy-listening. Anyone who appreciates good music will enjoy this album. Read morePublished on May 22, 2005 by Jason Chevez
yea this is pretty much a good album go get it. hated it at first but now i love it. this probably wont help haha but its a good album believe me i would know haha, i bet this goes... Read morePublished on April 28, 2005 by Kyle
this cd is amazing. i have to say its one of the best cds ive ever heard if not the best. it has indie folk elements that you can sit and listen and have a good time with, but also... Read morePublished on April 27, 2005 by Ben Dover
after rumors of this album not going to be released floating around all last summer, i was stoked to find out the album was going to be released after all. Read morePublished on March 31, 2005 by thricetimes
ever since ace and jeff have put out their first ep w/ the early november "for all of this," i have been in love with the band. Read morePublished on February 25, 2005 by Jenn