Wednesday, June 5, 2013

THE MAINE: "FOREVER HALLOWEEN"

For the second time since leaving Warner Brothers, The Maine have released a new album FOREVER HALLOWEEN. The new release comes just days before their recently started tour runs through California with shows in LA on June 6th and  at HOB Anaheim on Friday June 7th. Produced by Brendan Benson, FOREVER HALLOWEEN is without a doubt their strongest, and most self-assured release to date. Having watched this band literally grow up over the last handful of years, it's great to see them finding their feet and producing an album that just screams longevity.

A part of The Maine's appeal has always been the unique timbre of frontman John O'Callaghan's voice. The most apt comparison would be to Rob Thomas. In both cases, they can open their mouths and you know immediately who it is. It sounds like a simple thing, but in a music scene where everybody sounds like everybody else, an instantly recognizable sound is always something of value. That voice is highlighted in a wide span of ways on FOREVER HALLOWEEN, and to a most beautiful effect on the hauntingly personal "These Four Words", which wraps around a sentiment rarely expressed so directly in songs.

The album is, as a whole, a strong entry into The Maine's discography, but most particularly frames the band in a transitional phase where you can envision them moving from the very young skewed 'warped tour' crowd, to the grown up indie crowds of bands like Silversun Pickups and even The Raconteurs. One cannot help but see producer Benson's guiding hand helping them move into the band they can be, rather than just the band they are. This sentiment is felt most strongly towards the back end of the album, and even now, the week of this release, makes me anxious to see what will come next from this band.


The Maine is John O'Callaghan, Garrett Nickelsen, Pat Kirch, Kennedy Brock, and Jared Monaco.

TRACK LISTING:
1. Take What You Can Carry
2. Love & Drugs
3. Run
4. White Walls
5. Happy
6. Birthday in Los Angeles
7. Blood Red
8. Kennedy Curse
9. Sad Songs
10. F**ked Up Kids
11. These Four Words
12. Forever Halloween


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