I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business
Gold Rush


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
September 10th, 2011 | 18 replies | 4,960 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Enders can make a record like nobody's business.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Ace Enders’ moniker for his solo work, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business, has never been more appropriate than on his newest release, Gold Rush. The record follows the expected and perfected pattern that Enders is known to utilize, with soft acoustic strums and upbeat drumming to lay the ground for his smart and personal lyrics, but now his words take on a slightly more sour and self-conscious tone. It is clear from the first verse of opening track ‘Gold Rush’ that he has come across a new stage in his life. He croons with a misleading sweetness, “after the gold rush, didn’t think I’d be alone/so alone,” and in just a few words, he gives the listener the smallest taste of what’s to come, setting the tone for the remainder of the album. His love for that clashing contrast between light and dark is the key factor in what makes Gold Rush such an affecting and interesting album, making it a fantastic addition to his already immense collection of memorable records.

The timid teetering on the divide between brooding and upbeat melancholy is perfected on track four, ‘Complications’, where Enders nearly let’s slip the mask concealing that boiling despondence. The subject matter in the song only accentuates this feeling as he’s “usually alright” as he “bites his tongue and tries to be nice.” Since his early days with The Early November, he’s been a self-aware writer that’s basked in the glory of irony, but he has never quite brought it up to this level of in-your-face gloom with the overshadowing cheer of the music. As the album progresses he crafts and molds this intriguing concept until the slowly evolving conclusion, ‘Train Stop’. His vocals, clean and intricate, remain consistently beautiful throughout the record, and have their final shine as the last track fades out; an emotional and appropriate end to an album that deserved a proper closing.

Although there aren’t the booming climaxes on this record that make his last records more traditional, Gold Rush explores a slightly new territory for Enders, and he fits it wonderfully. He’s as persistent as ever, and has easily become one of the most dependable artists for quality and memorable music. Whether he carries on his endeavors with I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business is unsure, but the prints he’s left with his three releases will not be quickly dismissed. Enders has always been a force to be reckoned with, and Gold Rush shows him at his finest.



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Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was going to write this back in may but then I didn't whoa crazy

foreverendeared
September 10th 2011



14678 Comments


HOLY SHIT!!! Not only did I not hear about this record, but I didn't even know he made one after the s/t like 8 years ago! So excited!

Gyromania
September 10th 2011



15489 Comments


Great review, bud. Pos.

Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Much appreciated, Gyro.

And forever, you've gotta check this and the previous record out man, they're fantastic

foreverendeared
September 10th 2011



14678 Comments


Yeah no kidding, man. Their s/t is still one of my favorite records to this day. I thought it was just a one time thing.

Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You might wanna check out Ace Enders and a Million Different People too, i haven't heard much from it but it's enders so it's probably fucking ace

foreverendeared
September 10th 2011



14678 Comments


Yeah, now i have heard a bit from that. Hey, do you think I should listen The World We Know first, or do you think it doesn't matter?

Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Umm, I'd say go for World We Know first just for the sake of seeing the progression. They're not radically different but there's a definite change there

foreverendeared
September 10th 2011



14678 Comments


Cool, I'll do that. Good review and stuff too.

Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, hoping some more people will get into it here

foreverendeared
September 10th 2011



14678 Comments


I'm surprised they haven't yet. He's pretty similar to Bright Eyes too.

Rev
September 10th 2011



9404 Comments


I have such a mancrush on Ace, dude's such a boss, and is one of the nicest dudes ever


"The Best Happiness Money Can Buy" is one of my favorite songs


Pos

Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've never had the chance to meet him or go to a show but god would I love to

foreverendeared
September 10th 2011



14678 Comments


I just listened to them both and I gotta say, The World We Know is much better than this album, but that's just after 1 listen.

Slum
September 10th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they're on pretty equal standing, but this album's writing really hits me for some reason

Iamthe Nightstars
September 11th 2011



2228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love how Ace brings something different with every Mess album. I kind of want to hear something more along the lines of the self titled again though.

Digging: Few And Far Between - Three

Slum
September 11th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know man, it's subtle but he definitely changes it up

crowing51
February 9th 2012



3448 Comments


He just realeased a 3 song ep called Share With Everyone. I did not know he made another album after the last one. Must download NOW!!

Digging: Polyphia - Muse



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