The OverUnder - Invisible Ink
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: December 27, 2010
When The OverUnder released First Come First Served, they were focused on making pop punk music that has been overplayed for a few years now. Though it was somewhat generic, it was done very well. Since the release of First Come First Served, the band has dissolved and The OverUnder is now vocalist Jimmy Connors' solo project.
On the first release as a solo project, The OverUnder's sound has changed quite a bit. Although the opening track "Another Year Another Valentine" reminds me of the progression Every Avenue made from their old work to Picture Perfect, that is not the tone of the rest of Invisible Ink. After the first track, it is very evident that Jimmy was hooked on the Dashboard Confessional discography while writing this album.
Tracks two through seven are very different from the mood set by the opening track. The rest of the songs are all acoustic based songs that still contain an element of catchiness that The OverUnder was founded on. Tracks like "Far From Perfect" and "Let's Jump Off That Bridge When We Come To It" showcase the new direction as memorable and impressive, while "Static" comes off as forgettable and the weakest track on the album.
The only huge disappointment with Invisible Ink is "Another Year Another Valentine". This is not because it is a bad song, but because it is the strongest track on the album, and tops most of the songs on First Come First Served. The song feels like a tease seeing as no other songs are similar to it on Invisible Ink. Though it is not likely that The OverUnder will give up the acoustic based tracks and focus on more songs like "Valentine", it would be nice to hear more songs similar to that on the next release.
As a whole, Invisible Ink is a good release, especially as the first release since becoming a solo project. Though some songs are forgettable, Jimmy's vocals are more impressive then ever. If he incorporates influences from First Come First Served, "Another Year Another Valentine", and the rest of Invisible Ink on the next release, it could be the first step to The OverUnder become appreciated by a much wider audience.