Album Review: The Jim Ivins Band

March 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

For fans of The Early November, Graham Colton and Train.

I was extremely excited to receive my first request for an album review…but I became even more excited when I saw that two tracks of this band’s album were produced by Ace Enders, a man so inspirational to me that I named my dog after him (true story). Needless to say, the stakes were high…and thankfully, The Jim Ivins Band did not let me down.

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Ivins and crew (consisting of Drew Martin on guitar, Bobby Gary on bass and Jack Ivins on drums) have shared the stage with popular national acts like Mae and The Ataris. The self-titled EP is driven by the warm tones of an acoustic guitar, giving it a fresh taste of country flavor.

The record opens with “Fall Flat,” which immediately recalls the classic 90’s pop rock sound of Train, The Goo Goo Dolls and the Graham Colton Band. In fact, the very first line of the song is nearly identical to the first line of Oasis‘ classic track “Wonderwall,” serving as the perfect introduction to this talented pop group.

The second and third tracks, “Back to Reality” and “The Chance,” are the ones produced by Ace Enders, and you can tell. “Reality” instantly explodes with energy and puts the spotlight on drummer Jack Ivins in the instrumental break. Ironically, you can definitely imagine both tracks being sung by Enders with The Early November and his solo project, respectively. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that this EP would be adored by any fan of the now-defunct TEN.

The fourth and fifth tracks, “Every Day’s Another Goodbye” and “How to Hold On” are simpler tracks, but show more of the band’s versatility. “Hold On” is especially catchy as the EP ends with repeated lyrics “even though you’re gone, just wanna know you’re not leaving.”

Like Enders, Ivins has a naturally great voice. Unlike many singers out there who try too hard to sound like the current “it boy” of the scene, Ivins sounds down-to-earth, honest and even vulnerable at times. There are no distracting production tricks here, and it’s a great pleasure to hear that home-grown pop sound again. I look forward to seeing what this band will do next, and hope that they will continue to experiment with their versatility while keeping their flawless pop sound.

Warm, uncomplicated and ready to be sung along to, the Jim Ivins Band EP will undoubtedly please listeners of all ages.

Rating: 5/5 – A

Purchase this album here!

Track listing:

1. Fall Flat
2. Back to Reality
3. The Chance
4. Every Day’s Another Goodbye
5. How to Hold On

If your band would like a review, please e-mail a .zip file of the album and  artwork to rebeccatwc@gmail.com!

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