The Maine have produced an album that showcases six years of hard work and a band giving it their all.
The songs on Forever Halloween are far more solid than most of those on 2011's Pioneer, and upbeat pop rock numbers such as Run, Love And Drugs, and Blood Red are like nothing they've written before. With these songs, vocalist John O'Callaghan has truly found his voice, and his lyrics have evolved into a completely different beast. Without music behind them or melodies to evoke emotion, they would still hold their own and have sufficient meaning.
On past records, the Arizonan five-piece have, at times, added a country tinge to their brand of alternative pop rock, but with Forever Halloween they've traded it in for a healthy dose of grunge. It's a move that sees them take a step back from the mainstream and the popularity associated and into a sonic realm far better suited to their abilities. Free from the constraints of major labels and traditional recording methods, The Maine have produced an album that showcases six years of hard work and a band giving it their all.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.