After celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary of being a band, it is no surprise that The Maine would know exactly how to hype up an album. Back in 2015 the band released their American Candy album, which launched an unforgettable era for the band’s 8123 cult-equivalent fans/family. They powered through 2015 promoting the album, giving back to the fans with a Free-For-All tour in which they played smaller venues in not-so-commonly played cities throughout the United States entirely for free! If you’re not already familiar with The Maine, this kind of kindness isn’t a rarity, these guys are the real deal.
Which is why there is no surprise that their sixth studio release, the highly anticipated Lovely Little Lonely, is already becoming a fan-favorite as they make room on their shelves for the beloved new record. The band are currently on a world tour, where they made a stop in San Francisco at The Great American Music Hall on the release day of their record. Today, the album turns just a week old, and if you haven’t already, you can stream the album below and check out our review (we’ll try to keep it brief) of this amazing release.
Also, be sure if you like what you hear, to purchase the album from whatever source you prefer. Itunes, Amazon, physical copies and more can be obtained on their official site!
The album begins with an upbeat track in The Maine’s typical fashion (American Candy began with the fade-in twang of a guitar on their opening track “Miles Away,” a concept that seems pretty prevalent as you look back with opening numbers to previous releases through the years – “Take What You Can Carry,” “Don’t Stop Now” etc).
The first words you hear is a “here’s to now…and nothing else” six words we feel are the perfect opener for any new chapter in a band’s life. the track goes on to a chorus that repeats the lines “in this moment I could die with you,” it’s a track about not being able to be reached when you’re in an euphoric high. For a band that embraces the ‘emo’ it’s almost comical how positive and optimistic the band’s underlying messages are (in a good way, we promise!)
It’s almost impossible not to tap your feet and dance around to this track which gives us serious Third Eye Blind (we’re thinking “Never Let You Go”) vibes.
The album effortlessly bleeds into this track, the first released single from the album. This was the first taste fans got of The Maine’s new music and what can we say that hasn’t been said about this hard-hitting number?
A song about falling in love with one of those bad girls… the lyrics are almost as fun as the guitar riffs you can hear underneath O’Callaghan’s underrated vocals. This is another party track and we can fully understand why the band chose this as their first single. It embodies the fun, carefree nature the band has given since day one. “I think I know you’re bad for me,” the lyrics repeat, but there’s no hint of stopping anyway.
Things slow down just a tad as music notes twinkle into this filler track, which may only be 30 seconds long, but it’s almost sacrilegious to listen to the album on shuffle and not listen to the beautiful talent and thought that went into compiling this album as this track fuses together Bad Behavior and the next…
Here’s another track that was released before the album itself, and the positive feedback was in full force, like a tsunami washing over the fandom. It’s difficult for us to pick a sole favorite from the album, but we can easily say this one is up there.
An almost exasperated-sounding O’Callaghan begins the song with “what would you say if you could say everything you needed to, to the one you needed to.” The high energy song is unlike other’s in the sense that as the chorus hits, the music dies down to just O’Callaghan, a piano and soft guitar, really solidifying his vocals before picking back up with the upbeat full percussion, bass and guitar riffs.
At about 2 minutes in to the song, there’s a guitar solo that has just the right amount of twang, the track having almost an under-the-sea kind of vibe… Less The Little Mermaid and more of a nod to their album art, which shows hands reaching under water, like when the music overwhelms and surrounds you. It’s hard to explain, but do yourself a favor and play the track. You’ll understand. At 2:30, drummer Pat Kirch builds back up the energy to close the track out with John O’Callaghan practically screaming the lyrics – the song being an ode to all of us who have struggled to find the right words when talking to the right girl (or boy, but we couldn’t resist the plug for their former song).
Maybe it’s the fact that they use the adjective ‘punch-drunk’ but our first take on this track was something The Summer Set may have recorded (who could forget their Punch Drunk track) – but as this song unfolds, it is inarguably and undeniably The Maine, one-hundred percent.
“In the backseat, when you asked me, ‘is the sadness everlasting?’ I pulled you closer, looked at you and said, ‘Love, I think it is.’
These are the kinds of lyrics you expect from a self-labeled ‘emo’ band, but the song itself isn’t sad at all. This track crept it’s way into our hearts. The acoustic guitar and powerful instruments pair beautifully with the message behind the lyrics… that there will be sadness, but you don’t have to face it alone.
Is it just us who envisions a time in the not-so-distant past of men in bell bottoms and platform shoes just sort of sashaying down the sidewalk while this track plays? Yeah? It is? Okay, we can accept that.
There’s something vintage sounding about this track but in the best way. Another fun track that probably doesn’t have the most positive story behind the lyrics (we’re getting that kind of ‘hey do you remember when we said forever? because you’ve changed) but yet, it’s disguised by the upbeat, high energy, all-around bubbly vibe the song emits. Which, in our opinion, is the best kind of ‘fuck you’ song; the kind that the listener wouldn’t even register unless they really listened.
Here’s another one of those ‘quick filler’ tracks that would make the album a bit less powerful because these 70 seconds perfectly merge together the track before and after. Unlike “Lovely,” this track has O’Callaghan murmuring words…can anyone make out what he’s saying?
Have we given our claim to a favorite track yet? No? Can we put a tick mark next to this one, too? This song also gives us those Third Eye Blind feels (maybe it’s safe to plug that to the album in it’s entirety, which we hope comes off as big of a compliment as we mean it). This song is a bit more clear in meaning, with lyrics such as “don’t blink, because you will and when you open up your eyes again you may not recognize a friend” which is a sentiment too many of us are familiar with. The song also claims to how we may not be seventeen anymore but that doesn’t mean we’re too old to enjoy life… “we’re still young, so…” the song repeats.
We take it as our own little anthem that people change, situations change and if you blink, you may not recognize yourself or those you once called a friend… so enjoy the moment! Don’t take everything too seriously, not to where it’s preventing you from enjoying life in the moment. We may not be seventeen, but we won’t be young forever! Enjoy it while it lasts.
Who else really loves the repeated do’s in this track? Coming in at just over a minute and a half, this is a simple track. Do you get lost in nostalgia? We all do at some point. It’s not too late, the song promises. Just as mentioned in the previous sentiment: it’s not too late.
Another track which quickly became a fan favorite – how could it not? This song was also featured in the band’s exclusive acoustic compilation of a few of the songs, but acoustic or not, this love-song is the perfect wind down to the album. The song itself is a little slower than the rest, but don’t let that fool you. It doesn’t at all distract from the impact the song has. Dare we compare the opening riffs to an Oasis vibe?
“The only thing I’m really sure of… I’m unsure of most everything…” this is one of those tracks which can effortlessly paint a picture as you listen to it. We’re getting two lovers in a packed up car, driving probably somewhere in the middle of an Arizona dessert to get out of a forsaken town, to better and bigger dreams, together. The repeated chorus lyrics “I only wanna talk to you” – it’s another sentiment of a place we’ve all been. It works both ways, when you’re feeling so low, or so high, that only the most special person in your life can understand it.
At about 3:30 as the song prepares for the end, you can hear back up vocals from Kennedy Brock paired with O’Callaghan that vibe the impression of a desperate, “I need you” vibe. When you really only want to talk to that person in your life who can make it all better. It’s a simple enough song, but trust us, you’ll want to listen to this on repeat because of how powerful the track is.
This wraps up the three tracks pulled from the album’s title. Though this one is unlike it’s two predecessors, in that the song is more than just a minute of soft noise. It still bleeds in from the track before, each of the songs effortlessly coming together to create the album.
Though as the piano plays, O’Callaghan begins singing, “I remember feeling weightless in the deeper end and drowning in the fear again…” remember when we pointed out the album art? This song perfectly brings together the band’s vision of the album. The lyrics of this song go on to repeat the very powerful, hopeful message, ‘but then it all turned around…’ even as the song fades out to what sounds like waves crashing on the shore. It’s a message to fans who need it the most: even when you feel like you’re drowning, that the “lovely little loneliness” is weighing you down, there’s a way out. And things will get better.
“Dearly depressed and broken hearted…” the song begins. An anthem to all fellow ‘emos.’ This final track to the album is another top favorite of ours, as this upbeat track features lyrics which repeat the vibe from the album. “Are you free? Or are you in sorrow?” The questions come before a chorus which tells fans, “You are alive, but are you living?” — it’s a song daring us all to live a little bit more. With lines such as “whatever it is, make sure that it’s real,” it’s hard not to take this song as a challenge to do something and make sure you’re making the most of your life.
This song is begging to be felt and as these final seconds of the album play out, we can only reflect on what a perfect ending track this is to the entire feel of the album. These twelve songs are perfectly compiled to take you through a journey, reminding you there is life out there for you to live!
Lovely Little Lonely leaves little to be desired, because the album gives you everything you could have expect and wanted from The Maine. We’re beyond excited for this new chapter in the band’s life as we congratulate them for their previous 10 years and hope for 10 more happy, successful years as a band.
What else can we say? To label this album as ‘perfection’ seems a bit anti-climatic, but no other words come close to just what a great release this is.
FAVORITE TRACKS: Again, it would be a bit cheesy to say ‘all of them’ but put a check mark next to “How Do You Feel?,” “Taxi,” “The Sound of Reverie,” and really the nine remaining tracks too. Fuck it. All of them.