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Destination: Beautiful is an earnest and honest expression from the Virgina five-piece Mae. Honed on classics of the 1980s (the Police, Depeche Mode, U2), Mae's confidence soars throughout the entire 11-song track listing, going for large soundscapes of layered guitars and rolling percussion. They're a bit too brash to be exclusively pop, but not fully downhearted enough to be emo. Mae has crafted an album that's simply enjoyable and enjoyably simple. Simple works. Frontman David Elkins is boyishly charming while being self-deprecating on "Sun" and the edgy "Soundtrack for Our Movie." His bandmates provide a solid backing instrumentation, never giving Destination: Beautiful a chance to calm down. Other standout tracks, such as the sugar-charged "Embers and Envelopes" and the punchy "Runaway," reflect Mae's musical sincerity — and such a task is difficult when making a first album. Mae is a bunch of humble guys who made something that feels good, with no distractions.

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THIS is the real Mae

Forget Singularity... This is what made Mae great. This Album is awesome. It's chill, yet catchy. It's beautiful, yet rock-out worthy. While the Everglow (also a great album) sold more copies, i'd say it's good to go back to Destination: Beautiful to hear Mae at their roots. Kudos, Mae, to a Fantastic collection of songs. Let's just hope they can once again get in touch with their roots for their next album...

I bought it

Because so many reviewers said so. And I do not regret it. It really is an awesome album from start to finish. Do the same. Just buy it, you won't regret it. Come on..just do it. You know you want to..everyone is doing it. Don't be so lame.


i love love this mae is one of the best bands ever!!! all the songs in this album are good especially summertime....but buy the album u will not regret it!!


Formed: 2001 in Norfolk, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

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...
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