Release Date: May 12, 2015
Record label: Rise Records
I remember when Warped Tour CDs were something I couldn't wait to get my hands on. The Early November was one of those bands that contributed to this. "Something That Produces Results" was one of those jams I kept wasting time to on the bleachers in high school. As the band grew, they lost steam ….
On their second full-length release since their return from hiatus, the Early November have delivered a set of songs that are significantly varied in terms of tone and pacing. Although this is novel to a certain extent, as a whole, Imbue comes off scattered and unfocused, each song feeling like a half-hearted attempt at appealing to a different audience.The album starts off relatively strong, with hard-hitting choruses in "Narrow Mouth" and upbeat, catchy verse lines in "Magnolia," but lose momentum quickly thereafter. The hooks feel watered down and are unmemorable in the constant flux that is the second half of the album, and the vocal arrangements often feel lazy and uninspired, lingering within melodic pockets of little variation.