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Album Review

It's nice to know that Drive-Thru is diversifying its brand enough to grant the Early November's Arthur "Ace" Enders pacing and styling carte blanche. He seems to be the singular songwriting force behind Room's Too Cold, which begins with the acoustic surge of "Ever So Sweet." Enders' voice soars and cracks in all the right places, and strings — not crashing power chords — are the order of the day. "Can't you see this wall you built for me/We're not special/I'm not special/Ever so special that you baked it in cakes for me" — it might sound whiny on paper, but shucks if Enders and the sweeping cellos don't make tears drip from your CD changer. It seems like another winner for the Cali-based Drive-Thru, which has found sustenance in a crop of young New Jersey bands raised on its taste making punk-pop sound (Senses Fail, Hidden in Plain View, etc.) Of course, Enders and his fresh-faced pals have a soft spot for amps, too, as "Something That Produces Results" suggests. But even here, the tingling energy of the song's tense chorus dissipates into atmospheric verses — "Now I'm scared," Enders muses, before launching once more into the clamoring chorus. Because of the Early November's tendency to draw influence from recent time, there's a considerable debt owed to the literate earnestness of the Get Up Kids. This does posit portions of Room's Too Cold in a dull emo limbo. Even so, the album is never bad, just a bit samey. (Its sickeningly tasteful, moody-by-numbers artwork doesn't help this fact.) Thankfully, the band and producer Chris Badami display an impressive understanding of dynamics throughout. The extended outro of "Baby Blue" dismantles itself into faraway splashes of percussion, music box tinkering, and gentle acoustic guitar before launching pause-free into "The Course of Human Life," and the wistful strum of "Dinner at the Money Table" recalls the album's ambitious, organic open. The strings return for later-album standout "Exchanging Two Hundred," and Room's Too Cold ends strong with a trio of first-person songs highlighted by warm hints of organ and a few final peels of guitar that, while familiar, always work so well within this context. Enders and the Early November have made an album for the next generation of emo kids — the un-jaded — who see the band's heart-in-mouth poetics and lush atmospherics as pure, and not part of a methodical genre progression. By the Early November's next full-length, these young listeners might be demanding more than the gossamer austerity of Room's Too Cold, Rovi

Customer Reviews


as a self proclaimed music enthusiast, i'm telling you to buy this album, and you won't regret it. this is my favorite album of all time, it never gets old. the lyrics are beautiful and easy to relate to. ace enders voice is at its best on this album. 1. ever so sweet - classic early november, beautiful acoustic, emotional lyrics 2. something that produces result - simply good alt rock 3. the mountain range... - one of my favorites, catchy, good story 4. sesame, smeshame - great beat, unique lyrics 5. baby blue - also good 6. the course of human life - good, but a bit forgettable 7. dinner at the money table - my favorite, and one of my top 3 favorite by TEN. this is just a beautiful song, aces voice at its best 8. exchanging two hundred - nice chill feeling 9. my sleep pattern changed - amazingbeautifulwonderful 10. fluxy - not my fave, but a lot of people like this one a lot b.c the guy from starting line is in it. 11. everythings too cold... - a wonderful blend of nice chill music and harder rock. epic ending


Cool, I've never been the first to write a review! i really like this band! They have a unique sound, and i can't wait till i have enough money to buy a few of their songs!! I recomend them to everyone!!!!


By far one of the best albums ever. One of the best bands ever for that matter. Ace Enders is a genius. every song is very well put together and means so much. If you like this album, check out anything they've done. You'll love it.


Formed: 2000 in Hammonton, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The members of the Early November were young enough to have grown up with the Drive-Thru Records sound, a formula that incorporated sensitive emo, pop, and punk revivalist amalgams with a bit of post-hardcore grit. The band first emerged in 2000, fighting to secure shows in their busy South Jersey scene while hoping to land a deal with Drive-Thru. By 2002, they succeeded when label figureheads Richard and Stefanie Reines signed vocalist/guitarist "Ace" (Arthur) Enders, bassist Sergio Anello, drummer...
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