Sound — 8
Ace Enders' solo project has a unique and stirring sound to it, not at all unlike his band the Early November. Ace's vocals are stunning, to say the least, and the wide array of instruments gives the album real variety while still conveying the general emotional theme of the songs. Overall the sound is very well done, and quite moving.
Lyrics — 10
About as deep as Saves The Day and heartfelt as Chris Carrabba, Ace's lyrics are raw, intellegent and moving. His ability to sum up his world (including himself) into such mysteriously deep simplicity, is something truly remarkable. The end result is mesmerizing.
Overall Impression — 10
Although the name flies well below the radar, and the sound isn't exactly what one would expect from an emo band (the songs have a tendancy to run together somewhat, and the many instruments used aren't quite the norm), I have found I Can Make A Mess to be thoroughly enjoyable. I definantly recommend it, especially to fans of the Early November and emo/acoustic music in general. This album is well worth the time to find.