Ace Enders and a Million Different People - When I Hit the Ground
Record Label: Vagrant
Release Date: March 17, 2009
Ace Enders. Through out the years, his name has become more and more common throughout this scene. The Early November, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business -- these bands he's been a part of have become favorites among fans. He can write a hit song and a song that hits you. After the Early November broke up, Enders started a new project Ace Enders and a Million Different People. Those who were fans, hoped that this project would be an extended version of I Can Make a Mess. Eventually some demos were posted and leaked, and we were all confused on what we were listening to. Some songs were catchy, but more were incredibly corny and cliche. The same writer who wrote a three disc concept album? No way. Then Enders decided to put out a limited edition EP made specifically for Austrailia. Those who listened to it felt hope that his songwriting for his debut would be back to what it once was. That's where this review goes.
When I Hit the Ground is the debut for Enders in his new project off Vagrant Records. "Reintroduction" is the opener, and it starts it off big. The song mirrors the first track off I Can Make a Mess' first and only album, with a slow beginning to yelling and distorted vocals. As much as I love this track, it's pretty short, which is a letdown. It does, however, flow amazingly to the next track, "Take the Money and Run." The heavy bass and beating drums push this song for multiple listens. If it weren't for them, it'd be even more predictable and flat than it already is.
There are plenty of good songs on this album. "New Guitar" has a latter Early November feel. "When I Hit the Ground" sounds like an arena singalong that could have been written by the Fray, but it's still a very likeable song, as are "Leader" and "Emergency". Both of those songs show off Enders' vocal abilities we've all learned to love so much.
What doesn't make this album good though is "Bring Back Love" which sounds like a song that was written by the Jonas Brothers, but they decided to say "No that's TOO corny" and moved it some Nickelodeon band for some monthly movie on TV.
It really does pain me to say that this album isn't good; it's basically "Okay." That's all it'll ever be. There are plenty of songs I didn't mention, but there's not much that I haven't already said. I'll always back Enders and whatever he's up to. I just hope whatever is next doesn't hit the ground.