The Maine started off ten years ago, finding their niche in the pop-punk genres along with similar associations such as the likes of Every Avenue, The Cab and Boys Like Girls. Back then, these groups were the poppier side of rock, reeling in emo teenage fangirls. Now, The Maine have grown up, taking a more mature approach to their sound and the result is their most defined record to date. Lovely, Little, Lonely is the sixth studio album to be recorded by the Arizona quintet, consisting of twelve brand new tracks including pre-released single Bad Behaviour, each with their own charm, proving that the group has once again taken a step up in the right direction.
It begins with clean riffs in Don’t Come Down, which is an indie-rock track of enticing vocals, even featuring the dazzle of a tambourine to fill in the easy-going, bubbly verses. The transitions between the tracks are flawless as they roll into the following track Bad Behaviour, the debut single from the record. The first interlude on the album, suitably titled Lovely takes the tempo down a notch, incorporating steady synths in preparation to then jump right into fourth track Black Butterflies And Déjà Vu seamlessly; it’s hard to ignore how well formed this album is.
Further into the album is happy-go-lucky Do You Remember? (The Other Half Of 23), which is a track that is ideal for listening while driving in the summer rays. Bouncy and so very catchy, the song highlights some harmonious vocals, paid with dynamic riffs; throw in an acoustic bridge and lively tambourine vibes and they exhibit a wonderful summer anthem that would appeal to fans of All Time Low or Yellowcard. The drum beats immaculately run into the second interval of the record: Little emits an acoustic vibe, evolved from the declining drum rhythm. The album takes a more leisured direction when it comes to I Only Want To Talk To You, a track with plenty of heartfelt vocals and acoustic sounds throughout, its one of the steadiest tracks yet still packs quite the punch.
The third and final interlude Lonely is pretty much what it says in the title; the slowest yet longest interlude from the album, and the one that crams in the most emotion. With wistful echoing vocals and ambient sounds to match, the track reflects intense emotion, instantly causing some kind of connection to listeners. If anything the track is too short, making you want more from the atmospheric melody. It ends abruptly, a sign that nothing really lasts forever, this then introduces the concluding track How Do You Feel?, a brilliant track of closure for the thoroughly enjoyable album.
The unyielding mix of fresh progressions, varying tempos and emotion-packed vocals creates a very captivating record, taking The Maine away from their adolescence and towards a stronger, fully developed sound that works for them brilliantly. Incorporating nostalgic themes and powerful messages that leaves the listener deeply moved and incredibly content.
For fans of: Mayday Parade, All Time Low, We The Kings
Words by Jess Boswell
‘Lovely, Little, Lonely’ by The Maine is out now on 8123.