On Invented, Jimmy Eat World, now 16 years into their career, sounds like they’ve started to outgrow emo.
The splendidly odd Neko Case has the looks of a pin-up girl and the voice of an “American Idol” champion.
Chase This Light is also a return to form for the band in terms of their ingratiating power-pop.
The album is filled with radio-ready pop songs that are so slick and overproduced that the personality is virtually polished right off.
Following tours supporting Blink-182 and the recently popped-out Weezer, the Irving Plaza floor both brewed with anticipation and stewed with “what-if-they-don’t-play-any-old-stuff?” anxiety.
The way the album touches the skin is more paperback than hardcover and singer Jim Adkins’s voice is more seductive and confident than before.