Chase This Light was a poppy, driving, urgent album. Invented is a much more subdued effort but actually much more worthy for it. The opener, 'Heart is Hard To Find' is an acoustic folk song, almost resembling a protest song and it is absolutely perfect. It's stripped down, raw and pasionate with that special JEW sparkle that takes the edge off. The first single, 'My Best Theory' is very good, quite catchy and is very inimitably JEW but is one of the less interesting tracks. 'Evidence' is a very subtle masterpiece. It's half way between a ballad and a faster track but has a chorus that at first seems tedious but soon grows into a monster. One of my favourite tracks. 'Higher Devotion' is an ok song, it's short and sweet but they have done far better. 'Movielike' is a new classic in my opinion. It's a very catchy little number that makes you happy, despite the lyrics being quite downbeat. 'Coffee & Cigarettes' is pretty good, very fuzzy and purposeful. 'Stop' is a difficult one but it gets better with further listens. As with the overall mood of the album, it's quite low key. 'Littlething' is another belter, albeit an understated one. 'Cut' is similar to 'Stop' but doesn't really end up anywhere very interesting. 'Action Needs an Audience' is really the only real heavy track. It's punky and a little dirty for JEW, a bit like their earlier material. But it's quite refreshing and very good. The title track is sublime. It's long but it's well worthy of the time. One of their best ballads - almost as good as '23' - almost. It finishes with 'Mixtape' which is another slow burner with another excellent chorus/chant/mantra etc.
An above average album, equal in quality to their previous 2 efforts but, as is their remit, completely different in tone.