The Early November

20:30 June 03, 2015
By: Kevin Quinet

Rise Records 

Towards the end of The Early November’s new album Imbue, the band ties things up with “Nothing Lasts Forever,” which is like a “best-of” of TEN’s career wrapped up in one song. The catchy, yet aggressive, marching guitars, create a song that you can imagine sweating fans jumping up to in concert to, yet involves quietness as well that is purposeful, and a staple of TEN’s anthology. As the music builds, Ender’s lyrics become more epic. Ace Enders states that anytime you can just fade away. The story of Imbue is not being caught up in just a throwaway reunion album, but an album that harks back to their earlier work, when they were in their 20’s, from 1999-2007, 2011-present. There discography includes The Room’s Too Cold (2003), The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path (2006), In Currents (2012), and now Imbue (2015).

The Early November’s front man, Ace Enders is in my opinion an underrated writer, producer, musician, and everything under the stars. He has had many breakdowns with being overwhelmed with his elaborate and tedious ambitions that have at times pushed away his fellow band members, but that is the genius artist in him. He is a perfectionist and even has solo projects such as, Ace Enders And A Million Different People, I Can Make A Mess Like It’s Nobody’s Business, and his own Ace Ender’s solo work.

In “The Negatives,” Ace Enders declares, “Cause you’re addicted to feeling sorry for yourself” which is not only a statement of a person, but as well, a comment on the “emo-culture” which they were once boxed into. They don’t feel sorry for themselves, just as the negatives is a double entendre for negative photos that are the original, but ultimately an unperfected photo. “Circulation” is catchy, guitar heavy, yet peaceful. The album is the pinnacle of the band’s entire portfolio (needs better word choice).

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