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The Maine’s third studio album finds the Tempe, Ariz.-based quintet hitting its stride. “Identify” balances a lo-fi intro with crystalline production and a painstaking attention to detail that makes it sound like the album was produced in a laboratory instead of a studio. But under all the bells and whistles is a band with an uncanny chemistry relying on almost telepathic communication. The arrangements and changes start and stop on a dime, as if the song structures were imbedded in each member’s DNA. “My Heroine” follows with a salient guitar riff that’s equally catchy and unpredictable, before “Time” nearly reinvents power pop with barbed hooks grappling for your eardrums in the song’s verses rather than the chorus. “Some Days” is a standout cut well worthy of its single status. Over punctuated rhythms and stellar guitar parts, singer John O'Callaghan effortlessly segues from a subdued approach in the verses to a larger-than-life attack on the refrain. If you believe that perfect pop is built on contrasts, “Some Days” will hit you right between the eyes.

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Greatest Effort Yet

Very inspirational, purely orginal, and will stay relevant for years to come. Hats off to The Maine.

The Maine keeps getting better

The boys have changed. There's so denying it. There's also no denying that what they've become is amazing, in a completely new way. They've gone from pop punk to rock and roll, and made the transition beautifully. Songs on the album are loaded with gorgeous acoustics and piano pieces, and frontman John O'Callaghan's voice is stripped down to it's purest form, leaving the listener feeling refreshed. The biggest standout on the album however is lead guitarist Jared Monaco. He carries the whole album with his indescribable guitar skills, something that is more evident in this album than any to preface it. With honest and relatable lyrics that make the listener truly feel a connection with the songs they're hearing, it's easy to say that this is the most incredible album the boys have ever put out. I'm so proud to call myself a fan.

Best album of 2011

The Maine is my favorite band and I have to say, I had very high expectations for this album. I also have to say that the boys met them and even far surpassed them. John's voice has matured so much since his days of can't stop won't stop and black and white. The entire band has really matured and when they put out this album on their own it really shows their dedication for what they do. This passion shows in the album in every aspect. The lyrics are relatable, the tunes catchy, the meaning memorable, and the guitar jammin (thanks to one of their amazing guitarists jared). Another great thing they did is make the album really a story. If you listen to it front to back you can hear the attention to detail they put in to make the record flow like it's telling a story. If you want to hear it I would suggest getting it here or in stores and check them out on their pioneer tour where you can here the album live front to back. I went in San francisco and it was easily the best show I've seen.
As a whole the album is just a great effort by the Maine and definitely their best work to date. I would recommend that everyone pick up a copy and give it a listen.


Formed: 2007 in Tempe, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Despite sharing their name with a northeastern state, the Maine formed in 2007 in Tempe, Arizona, a collegiate suburb of Phoenix. Most of the bandmembers -- singer John O'Callaghan, guitarists Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco, bassist Garrett Nickelsen, and drummer Pat Kirch -- were in high school at the time, and the guys quickly turned their '90s radio rock band influences into a familiar, infectious pop-punk sound. The Maine signed to Fearless Records and released a five-song concept EP, The Way...
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