So, I've been listening to the new Jimmy Eat World album, Invented. All in all, it's a solid effort but there's something that's been bothering me about it. It's the same problem I have with the new Weezer album, Hurley. Both albums seem to suffer from an issue with consistency.
As with most albums they both have their high and low points. That's not really what I'm talking about though. It seems as though each band could have made two albums out of the material they put together to form one album. They would make for short albums but from beginning to end they would at least sound like the same band.
On Invented, Jimmy Eat World, has several songs with a more acoustic vibe. It works well for them, but when you mix it with rockers like My Best Theory it makes for a disjointed listening experience. With Hurley, Weezer suffers from the same issue. All in all I think it's one of Weezer's better efforts as of late with Rivers vocals actually showing emotion without sounding over produced, but there are songs that just don't go together.
It seems to me that bands aren't seeing the bigger picture these days and are more worried about producing singles than an album of material, but for some reason I was hoping that these two bands, bands that have produced classics like Pinkerton and Clarity, would have worked a little more on the flow and feeling of the album as a whole.
Invented isn't terrible. And, I'm probably over analyzing it. But, in listening to it, I can't help but wish for the album that could have been. It's so close.
I'll keep listening and maybe it'll grow on me more but those are my two cents for now.