Album Review: ‘American Candy’ by The Maine

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The writer of these lines may or may not have been on a 5 Seconds of Summer-binge lately, hands down (seriously, they’re cool, and not a boyband!). However, she has managed to take some time off for the sake of exciting new releases.

It has been two years since we’ve heard fresh material from The Maine. Their albums have always been the ones to take on a long road trip with you, and we’re glad to say ‘American Candy’ has the potential to be the soundtrack of journeys miles away from our homes this summer.

Yet again, it’s an album that feels natural and raw – just like the desert they’ve recorded it at – instead of being an over-manufactured mass product.

English Girls’ is clearly the lead single bringing naughty London vibes, but there are plenty more gems to be found on the record. Despite the upbeat sound ‘Am I Pretty?’ makes you think about our society and the urge to look ‘good’ for everyone else but yourself. It is definitely a big favourite. Then there is feel-goodness and the fear of losing your hair on ‘My Hair(Is that the reason why you’ve said good-bye to your luscious long locks, John Oh?), while one cannot think of anything else when listening to ‘Diet Soda Society’ than how much drinking diet soda everything sucks. All jokes aside, ‘(Un)Lost’ and ‘24 Floors’ are the sort of songs that will make you get lost in the music without even realising it. The title track is an ear-worm with a chorus addictive like actual American candies. Last but not least, ‘Another Night on Mars’ marks the end of our little road-trip with The Maine. It`s not hard to imagine it being written when surrounding a bonfire and casually having fun.

Go, grab a copy of ‘American Candy’ and don’t forget to check The Maine out on their spring tour throughout the US!

Dóra Udvardi
Dora covers the events of the Hungarian music scene – or wherever she's actually living – over at Alt Scribe. She gained interest in writing about music when she created her first blog on Buzznet in 2011. Since then she became a featured blogger on the site, where she shares about fragments of her life, travels and music experiences. She's the person to go to if you want to know about actual music events. CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: All Time Low, The Carbonfools and The Kooks. SPECIALIST SUBJECT: The Hungarian music scene

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