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The Maine – Lovely, Little, Lonely

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  1. Melody Bot

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    The Maine has come a long way since the release of their debut full-length album, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. In the past decade they’ve grown from young kids with a dream into truly talented musicians – a fact that is evident in their latest album Lovely, Little, Lonely.

    Even though each song on Lovely, Little Lonely is a hit in its own right, they make the most sense within the context of the whole. The album flows seamlessly from one song to the next and as a result The Maine succeeds in crafting a story that demands your full attention from start to finish.

    Lovely, Little, Lonely starts out sure and confident in “Don’t Come Down,” a bright and hopeful track about living in the moment. It’s fun and carefree as John O’Callaghan opens the album with the lines: “Here’s to now/And nothing else.” But over the course of the album, the band realizes that they are no longer kids and that life is anything but certain.

    “Bad Behavior” reflects that initial lighthearted disposition, but as the album continues listeners can hear the band take on more serious ideas. “Taxi” addresses the melancholy question: “Is the sadness everlasting?” Despite earnestly insisting, “Love, I think it is,” the song remains surprisingly hopeful and cheery.

    In “The Sound Of Reverie” and “Lost In Nostalgia,” The Maine comes to grips with lost youth. “The Sound of Reverie” celebrates being alive despite no longer being seventeen in an infectious and bittersweet chorus (“We’re no longer seventeen/But we’re still young so/Dance with me in naivety”). Meanwhile “Lost In Nostalgia” is moodier with a funky bass line guiding the track – a different aesthetic for Lovely, Little, Lonely. The track is short yet bold, choosing not to dwell in the past but keep moving towards the future.

    Sprinkled throughout the album are the transitional interludes that Lovely, Little, Lonely takes its title from. The longest of these is “Lonely,” which appears as the penultimate track. A wispy song that fuses ethereal electronic elements with forlorn piano and guitar melodies, “Lonely” is sad and sweet and beautiful. It gradually builds into a calming white noise that propels you into the album’s final minutes.

    Closer “How Do You Feel” ends things on a high note; it’s warm and sincere, questioning while remaining optimistic. By asking listeners, “You are alive/but are you living,” it makes them think about what it truly means to be alive and challenges them to start living.

    These days it’s common for people to focus on the singles from an album, but Lovely, Little, Lonely challenges listeners to re-evaluate the way they approach new music. It draws you in from start to finish with indie pop sensibilities, while remaining true to the band’s rock roots. The journey the band takes – realizing that they’re not as young as they once were and making the conscious effort to understand what that means – is one that everyone must take at some point in their lives. For many of The Maine’s fans this album may be the catalyst that starts it.

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  2. mtriggall


    I remember listening to The Maine when I was about 15, right around the time that first EP came out, and thinking The Way We Talk was a pretty catchy tune during. I never really listened to The Maine after that, but since All Time Low announced them as support for their Australian tour I thought I should check them out and boy was I floored.
    Started listening like a week or two ago and haven't stopped since. Everything from Pioneer to Lovely, Little, Lonely is amazing. I can't recall a band that has changed their sound THIS much. I really missed out on a lot of good years with this band.
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  3. SEANoftheDEAD


    Same thing happened to me. Totally wrote them off back in 2008ish. Just went back a few weeks ago and love their discography.
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  4. mtriggall


    It's amazing. Not so big on Can't Stop, Won't Stop or Black & White. But Pioneer was amazing.
  5. jorbjorb

    7 rings

    nice review. aoty
  6. K0ta

    wrap yourself in petals for armor.

    I probably haven't listened to these guys since 2008, but I am pleasently surprised with this album.
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  7. DearCory


    Great album and these guys put on a great show. I saw them last Friday, for the first time since the 2009 AP Tour, and they were absolutely wonderful. Some of the best crowd interaction and banter I've ever seen at a show. My only complaint is that I wish they would have played more from LLL
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  8. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    I'm hoping they get a good boost from the ATL tour. Should be great for them. In my opinion, I think they've got better songs :teethsmile:

    They're just different artists now I suppose.
  9. parkerxcore

    Somebody's gonna miss us Supporter

    Such a great album. Will be blasting it with the windows down all summer long.
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  10. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    I took a short break from it last week so I wouldn't get burnt out on it. I think it's time to go back again.
  11. dipset


    God I remember when this band first got signed and thinking they were the epitome of the silly boy band direction that pop punk was going at the time. But I gotta say even though they have continued to keep a bit of that distinction they have really nailed down their ability to write really solid pop music the last few releases that I've checked out just out of pure curiosity.

    Good of them.
  12. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    My AOTY and their best record imo. This record is just great
  13. honkytonk

    Narcissism on narcotics

    I enjoyed Black and White but didn't listen to anything from these guys after that. After seeing the acclaim for this album, I'm gonna work my way from Pioneer to Lovely Little Lonely over the next couple weeks.
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  14. sawhney[rusted]2

    I'll write you into all of my songs Supporter

    This is going to end up in my Top 10. Such a fantastic spring/summer album
  15. sawhney[rusted]2

    I'll write you into all of my songs Supporter

    Also, about the actual review, I think your reviews could benefit from discussing your personal experience with the album. The best album reviews I have read have touched upon the music and how the album intertwined with their personal experiences at the time, rather than having general descriptors of the music and themes. Would love to hear how you as a reviewer connected (or didn't connect) with the music or artist!
  16. DearCory


    You just get ready for Pioneer... you're in for quite the treat!
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  17. Matt504

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    Can't wait till they announce the fall tour, hope it has a New Orleans date...
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  18. becky kovach


    Thanks so much for the feedback, truly appreciate it! I'll be sure to keep that in mind for future reviews =)
  19. BlackwingE


    I'm searching for users who would be interested in a The Maine bracket, which I'm thinking about doing very soon. Head over to the band thread and let me know if you want to join.
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  21. Matt504

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  22. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

  23. Matt504

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    Nothin much lol
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  24. Brent

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  25. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    That's matt squire. Obviously.
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