The Maine - Forever Halloween
Record Label: Rude
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Reviewed by: Chloe Boden
When I first heard about The Maine’s new album, Forever Halloween, I was honestly expecting it to be pretty typical since “Love and Drugs” was the only song I had heard before purchasing the whole album. “Love and Drugs” was upbeat, had a catchy refrain centered on love, and seemed pretty typical, so I figured the rest of the album would follow suit. While I would have been perfectly happy with a “typical” Maine album as I have enjoyed their other three, Forever Halloween is far from typical, and it is their best album by far.
Forever Halloween serves as evidence of just how much The Maine has matured as a band. The best track on the album is, without a doubt, “These Four Words,” a unique song about not loving someone. It features singer John O’Callaghan backed by only a piano with the “four words” being “I don’t love you.” While an earlier The Maine song, “Listen to Your Heart” states “Don’t listen to your friends, they would have never let us start,” These Four Words boldly expresses, “So listen to your friends and leave me alone.” These lyrics further exemplify the newfound growth and maturity of the band since they accept the realization that not every relationship works out and letting go is sometimes necessary.