The Maine’s Lovely Little Lonely speaks all the right words and plays all the right notes, making it the ultimate ear candy. Though it’s sweet like sugar, it’s also full of bad behavior, giving it this sinful-yet-indulgent feel. From the get go, it delves its way into your heart and burns itself into your mind with its catchy choruses and quirky appeal. Intimate, exposed, confident, and composed, The Maine’s Lovely Little Lonely is impossible to resist.
Opening the record is “Don’t Come Down”, which will leave you in a love drunk stupor with its upbeat melodies and infectious hooks. Full of intention and mood, the first track drives tenderly-yet-forwardly into your vicinity, setting the stage flawlessly for the remainder of Lovely Little Lonely. The next track, “Bad Behavior”, takes it up a notch with a more playful and mischievous tone, which further adds to the irresistibility of the record. John O’Callaghan sings warmly, “The feeling’s getting stranger, I’m in danger, Bad behavior”, emotion encasing his vocal chords, adding in a slight grittiness to his delivery. What “Bad Behavior” showcases is something that is both signature and new by highlighting not only the best of The Maine, but also an evolution upon their true form.
Continuing on with the same drive is “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu”, which pulses like a fast heartbeat, eliciting this feeling of euphoria within you. Lyrically, it is heartfelt and sincere. Sound-wise, it crashes around you like a rolling wave. As I mentioned earlier, Lovely Little Lonely speaks all the right words, and “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” further enhances that by eliciting a language that is relatable to many. Some may say its too commercial, but I humbly disagree. It’s an anthem that will be sung from the roof tops, much like “Taxi” and “The Sound of Reverie,” which follow.
There’s something new and something borrowed when it comes to the sound of Lovely Little Lonely, making it both a nostalgic and modern record. Tracks like “I Only Wanna Talk To You” (My personal favorite song on the entire album) take you back to the 90’s with the best in pop rock, but other records like “Lost in Nostalgia” are more reminiscent of The 1975; However, it is important to note that The Maine though inspired, are not influenced, allowing them to create a sound that is completely their own. As always, The Maine have created a tracklist that flows wonderfully from one track to the other. Every detail inspected and calculated. The most noticeable are the songs, “Lovely”, “Little”, and “Lonely”, which not only spell out the album but serve as integral, intermission sections that set you up for the next chapter of the record. Lovely Little Lonely may be a return to form, but it’s also an evolution upon a discography that celebrates many different generations as well as genres of music. But that throwback sound mixed with a more modern poppy vibe has never shone as bright as it does now on Lovely Little Lonely.
At the end of the record, you are asked, “How Do You Feel?” The only answers that will come to mind are rooted in happiness and positivity. Overflowing with anthems and spectacles, Lovely Little Lonely is a lovely record that is as rosy as pop, but as rebellious as rock, creating something that is full of freedom, love, and life. Romancing us all until the very end, The Maine have done it yet again.
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