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5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings
bustinloose ,

Mature, Layered Album

It’s so great to have mae writing brilliant music again. This self-titled album seems to be somewhat of a rebirth for the band known for its piano driven rock. The album, while different from anything the band has done in previous records, seems to be the perfect step in the band’s progression. There is very little not to like on this album.

My personal favorite keeps changing with every listen, but I love the opening strings and lush orchestral sounds of “Kaleidoscope.” On the upcoming experiential album, the band says that “Sing” will open the album. “Sing” is the perfect opener and one of my favorites. A perfect singalong for concerts. The next track, “The Overview,” is the most unique on the album as it has lead singer Dave Elkins executing free verse and the result is very different. It has a great hook and has quickly grown on me. “5 Light Years” is the most radio-friendly track. It has heavy hitting drums and fantastic guitar riffs. This, while closest to the band’s Singularity, is deeper in both lyrics and sound. Up next is my current favorite, “No Promises,” which jumpstarts the best half of this brilliant album. The song seems to be about human emotion and connection and the lack thereof in our digital world. Love isn’t as much emotion as it is action. “At best, we’re binary code with a touch of emotion.” It has clear shades of Radiohead’s influence, especially in the hook. “You Fall When You Hesitate” is my second favorite and is perhaps the best from a songwriting perspective. Another listener pointed out that it has shades of Pink Floyd. I can definitely hear that in the lead up and into to the chorus. The band released “Our Love is a Painted Picture” more than a year ago and I’m so glad they included it on this album. While some may say it doesn’t fit the sound of the rest of the album, it is one of the most gorgeous songs the band has written. It also fits thematically with the album. The way the song builds and builds is perhaps the closest to the EPs the band released several years ago. Next up is “A Race for our Autonomy,” another favorite for its incredibly honest lyrics. The outro of this song is absolutely incredible. “Let it Die” is the perfect song to follow. It is all about reconciling a broken relationship. “I want to see you again in time with brand new eyes. Oh, I need you to see me. Invite the light and darkness dies.” Perhaps the catchiest track is “Simple Words,” which outlines better times in a struggling relationship. “Flow” closes this version of the album and features the incredible violins of Tim Fain.

While not as linear as The Everglow in its storytelling, it is the finest both lyrically and musically, and I can’t wait for what comes next.

Jhawk5 ,

Seriously amazing

Never expected this album to come out and to come out so good. The flow of the album is amazing and the songwriting is emotional and touching. I have kinda been disconnected from may since Everglow but this brought me right back in. These songs are different from everglow and it doesn't have the same flow of Everglow, but thats okay. I really am enjoying this album and can't wait to see them in concert this year.

Henge24 ,

So good.

Sounds like their old stuff. Go away, one star haters. Mae still rocks!

About mae

Boasting a sound that straddled the border of alternative rock and emo-pop, Mae (an acronym for Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) was formed in early 2001 by guitarist Matt Beck, drummer Jacob Marshall, bassist Mark Padgett, keyboardist Rob Sweitzer, and vocalist Dave Elkins. The band initially started out as a project between Elkins and Marshall, students at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Recording sessions were booked at Padgett's home studio, and the duo quickly grew into a quintet as the co-founders rubbed shoulders with other local musicians. Nearly eight months later, Mae had cemented its sound and landed local shows with the likes of the Movielife, River City High, and the Exit. In the process, the group also recorded songs for a debut album, Destination: Beautiful, which was released in early 2003 by Tooth & Nail.

While touring to support Destination: Beautiful, guitarist Matt Beck stepped down from his post and was replaced by former Unsung Zeroes guitarist Zach Gehring. Destination: B-Sides surfaced near the end of 2004. Mae's second proper studio album, The Everglow, followed in 2005, and the band's dedicated audience (not to mention its coveted spot on the Warped Tour that summer) helped the album peak at number 51 on the Billboard 2000. Mae joined the Virgin College Mega Tour in early 2006, appearing alongside Over It and Yellowcard in the process, and a bonus edition of The Everglow appeared that April with additional tracks and a bonus DVD. The musicians' contract with Tooth & Nail ran out later that year, and they went on to sign a deal with Capitol, thus making Mae a major-label act.

Singularity was released during the summer 2007 and cracked the Top 40, selling roughly 17,000 copies during its first week. It proved to be Mae's only release for Capitol, however, as the band left the label's roster in 2008 and forged ahead as an independent act. Early the following year, the (m)orning EP became Mae's first independently released disc, although it received a widespread release in September courtesy of Cell Records. They followed up quickly in 2010 with another EP, (a)fternoon. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey

ORIGIN
Norfolk, VA
FORMED
2001

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