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The Maine
Can't Stop Won't Stop
Fearless Records
www.fearlessrecords.com


It was just a few months ago that I reviewed the EP of a new band called The Maine. Much anticipation had been growing for their first full length to be released. And now the day has finally come and Can't Stop Won't Stop has officially hit stores.

I didn't think that I could be more impressed with The Maine than I had already been with the EP. However, I was wrong, because this full length has exceeded my expectations and then some. From the first song "Everything I Ask For" you are automatically drawn in to these five young guys. The lyrics are absolutely addictive: "Oh she makes me feel like shit/But I can't get over it." The dynamics of this song make it feel like so much more than just pop-punk. Sure the general tone of the album is probably aimed more towards an audience that can't legally drink, but you'll be hard pressed to not get these choruses stuck in your head. Like with the song "Girls Do What They Want." This song tells a story of an 18 year old girl and her adventures through life. It could be construed that this is an empowerment song for females, which would not be the typical thing to come from a band consisting of 100% males, but if you're hearing the lyrics "Girls do what they want/Boys do what they can" I think you'd be more likely to find that it was a female belting them out. If you move down to "Whoever She Is" you'll find that it's a diamond in the rough for the rest of the album. Why do I say that? Well, it's the song on the album that sticks out the most for not following suit of the others. With this one they took it into the acoustic form. It's got a bit of guitar and a large helping of vocals, it's simplistic in tone and lyrics, but makes for quite a beautiful song. To mix it up a bit, The Maine tries their hand at a bit of techno-technique. Say that five times fast. In the song "You Left Me" the tempo has increased to the point that it's almost too fast to tap your feet to. They've also added an element that could be a synthesizer, but also could be a cleverly used rhythm guitar. Either way this is the song you'd most want to hear in a dance club. Finally, they end the album with the longest song on the album, "We'll All Be…" Coming in at 5:30, this song reminds me of "Closing Time" by the ever popular Semisonic. In this one, that pop-ness went away again, and instead was replaced by a deeper guitar and a lower tone to the vocals. "It's our last time, to say goodnight/Don't say goodbye" are lyrics that make you think "did they write this song intended for the end of the album?" No matter why they wrote it, it makes for a nice clean finish to a 12 song LP (full length).

If I had to grade this album, it would definitely deserve an A+. Between the dynamics, the variety, the infectious lyrics, the memorable melodies and the Matt Squire genius, you just can't go wrong. The fact that they're on tour with All Time Low just makes for icing on the pop punk cake.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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