Now Hear This

This weeks album is a slightly more recent pick, but an album that I feel still has a central concept. At times melancholy, at times energetic, but always thoughtful, Forever Halloween is a major departure from anything else that The Maine has released in their career.

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  1. Take What You Can Carry (3:00)
  2. Love & Drugs (3:30)
  3. Run (3:39)
  4. White Walls (4:23)
  5. Happy (2:43)
  6. Birthday in Los Angeles (3:17)
  7. Blood Red (3:18)
  8. Kennedy Curse (3:48)
  9. Sad Songs (3:21)
  10. F*cked Up Kids (4:35)
  11. These Four Words (4:08)
  12. Forever Halloween (5:26)

Forever Halloween is the fourth studio album recorded by The Maine, a rock band from Arizona. It was released on June 4th 2013. It’s sound is very different from the band’s earlier work, which trended more towards basic modern alt/pop rock. More acoustic guitar, deeper themes, and overall better song writing make this album a major but welcome departure for The Maine.

Probably the most well known song on the album, “Happy” is a rollicking rock ‘n roll song with a message about shallow relationships and the pointlessness of the things that make us (supposedly) happy.

“Birthday in Los Angeles” is clearly a song that is very personal to the band. A complete departure from The Maine’s sound, this acoustic guitar ballad is a sad look at the culture of Los Angeles and Hollywood. Ultimately, it settles on how this lifestyle just wasn’t for them. The unedited recording session sounds are a nice touch for this song, giving it a very intimate feel.

One of the strange ironies of music is that, when we’re sad, we actually like listening to sad songs. “Put the needle on the record/and if only for a second/she loves me” crones the chorus of “Sad Songs”, another rock song in the vein of “Happy”. And it’s true – a song can throw you back to a different time and bring back feeligns long gone.

The title track of Forever Halloween is an interesting affair. A song about wanting to be someone else, it’s the perfect end to the album. It’s a song about wanting to disappear, something everyone has experienced at some point in their lives.  “In this place/I’ll be anything but me” really sums up this whole message of this outing for The Maine. It sounds very little like anything else they’ve ever recorded, and that’s a good thing. The song ends with a drawn out instrumental that cuts off suddenly, leaving the song (and by extension the album) unresolved and the listener wanting more.

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