In the streaming world, many have lost the art of the album, but this is one that’s both well-crafted and enjoyable.
Label: Rise Records
Released: 12th May 2015
“This is my favourite album I’ve ever been a part of,” said Ace Enders, frontman of The Early November. In terms of catchiness, it’s unsurprising; just a few songs in and they’ve already rallied a number of radio-hits.
Since reuniting, they’ve made that shift from the emo glory-days of the noughties into a well-oiled streamline of their past discography and surrounding influences. ‘Narrow Mouth’ typifies the noughties’ anthemic prowess, ‘Magnolia’ is pop-punk in all its glory, while ‘Boxing Timelines’ waxes lyrical about young love and growing up, almost emblematic of where they are now.
‘Imbue’ is as much of a summer album as you can get; the mistake lies in seeing a string of radio-friendly songs in this style as juvenile. Even through the slick onslaught ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ and haunting ballad ‘Circulation’, they hold on to their intensity despite the clear contrasts in style. Instead of just finding yourself sucked into one hooky lyrics, they give you little snapshots in time to pick at, stories to follow.
From the nostalgic throwbacks for those whose musical coming-of-age was in the 2000s, to those vested in a more mature rock, it ticks the boxes. The Early November have mastered the art of evolution; as a band, they’ve developed a great album that sees the journey between tracks go from morose and mellow to booming and excitable without ever stalling. In the streaming world, many have lost the art of the album, but this is one that’s both well-crafted and enjoyable. Heather McDaid