The Maine are celebrating their tenth year in the music industry, a milestone that few bands manage to reach, nevermind to still be going strong and releasing new material. Continuing on with their sixth full-length ‘Lovely, Little, Lonely’ following the lukewarm response to 2015’s ‘American Candy’, the fans are eagerly looking for a return to form from the Arizona based quintet. Thankfully, The Maine deliver in spades.
A relatively mellow introduction brings in opening track ‘Don’t Look Down’ before a care-free and upbeat chorus takes focus, introducing a very enjoyable, catchy indie-pop style that features across the summery theme of this record. ‘The Sound Of Reverie’ keeps in with the infectious chorus, whilst ‘Taxi’ keeps in with the relaxed, feel-good instrumentals.
Returning to their pop-punk roots, The Maine produce a huge chorus on ‘Bad Behaviour’, which will surely keep the die-hard fans happy, and the same could be said ‘Do You Remember? (The Other Side Of 23)’.
The band take a calmer approach to the tracks that give this album its name; ‘Lovely’ is a short but very immersive instrumental number, ‘Little’ takes a bit more time yet is instrumentally impressive and breaks up the record very well, but manages to keep everyone invested in the sound with its melodic, engulfing sound. All this before subdued number ‘Lonely’ takes focus with the inclusion on a piano to set the tone. Vocalist John O’Callaghan manages to downplay his vocal ability perfectly to keep in with the tone, and, whilst it’s a touch out of character for the record, it’s a fantastic performance for the band.
‘Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu’ sums up the record entirely. The whole band comes together to create a spectacular track that’s upbeat, summery, and lyrically relatable, demonstrating perfectly that ten years on, The Maine can still churn out a fantastic record, and ‘Lovely, Little, Lonely’ is nothing short of that. Released at the perfect time to be the theme to everyone’s summer, The Maine are back in a big way, and it’s most certainly a welcome return.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)