The Maine has released You Are OK via. 8123 on March 29, 2019. This is the seventh album The Maine has released. The album has a 10 song track list including “Numb Without You,” “My Best Habit,” and “Broken Parts.” Here is the album track list:
1. Slip The Noose
2. My Best Habit
3. Numb Without You
4. I Feel It All Over
5. Heaven, We’re Already Here
7. Tears Won’t Cry (SHINJŪ)
8. One Sunset
9. Broken Parts
10. Flowers On The Grave
The album artwork on You Are OK is completely different from any previous album. I like the color on the album, an the fact there is a desert considering The Maine is from Tempe, AZ. The vinyl for You Are OK has a reflective material on the mirror of the album which is catchy. This album features a person on the cover that is completely naked. I like that the name of the album isn’t the first thing you see.
I gave You Are OK one full listen before diving into what I enjoyed about the album. This album is different from Lovely, Little, Lonely (2017) in many ways. For one, Lovely, Little, Lonley sounds like a uniformed piece of work with the help of interludes. Each song transitions together with the help of the introductions and endings of the songs. You Are OK does not, but I think the emphasis of the songs ending helps move the album along. You Are OK is a bit more upbeat with more focus on physical instruments like drums and guitar with string instruments which I enjoyed! Lovely, Little, Lonely relied more on electronic instruments as well as drums, guitars, etc. I feel like Lovely, Little, Lonely was an album that I instantly fell in love with. You Are OK is an album that will take a little time to get used to the newer sound, but I connected deeply on the lyrics on this album. Overall, I’m really excited to have a new album on repeat.
My favorite song off the album is “Broken Parts.” I love the string instruments on the song, the overall feel, and the relatable lyrics. It’s pleasing to hear and a stand out song, in my opinion. This song was the reason I was excited for the album. Additional stand out songs include “Flowers On The Grave,” “Forevermore,” and “My Best Habit.”
The Maine will support Taking Back Sunday on their 20th anniversary tour. The Maine will headline the “You Are OK Tour” with special guest Grayscale. The “You Are OK Tour” travels across the United States in the spring. In addition, The Maine will be performing at the Sad Summer Festival (excluding the Milwaukee date.) For tickets and tour information visit themaineband.com.
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Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!