They may be 10 years and six albums deep now, but The Maine still feel fresh and exciting here.
Where their last album ‘American Candy’ was fatally flawed – coming up short on both substance and character – this one is watertight and brimming with the best songs they’ve ever written.
John O’Callaghan’s signature over-pronunciation accompanies the likes of languid, nostalgic ‘Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu’ and sunkissed pop-rock anthem ‘The Sound Of Reverie’ perfectly, and if interludes ‘Lovely’ and ‘Little’ (see what they did there?) stunt the album’s pace a little, that’s easily overlooked.
More importantly, ‘Lovely Little Lonely’ is signed, sealed, summer-ready proof this scene is still richer for having The Maine.