Album Review – The Maine, “Pioneer”
Megan PurazrangWCB Music Writer
Released – December 6, 2011
Producers – The Maine, Colby
Label – Action Theory
A unique quality to the album is its constant ingenious deception. There are many times when it is necessary to stop listening to focus on the fact that the same band is present during the entirety of the record. O’Callaghan has a voice made of smooth matter with the capability of throwing a controlled tantrum when necessary. The instruments are well rounded next to the lyrics. At certain areas it seems like the background music alone could tell the story of the song. Only on few occasions does music that makes up a whole album require unrealized mind-grasping enlightenment and an awe-struck attention span.
Their sound brings back what was treasured in the alternative rock era of the ‘90s and early 2000s, buried with crucial allocations of rock-and-roll that have been missing in current mainstream music. That is precisely the deepest root of what makes Pioneer an album to embrace. The Maine has created a record that not only derives from the popular music trends, but combines nostalgic musical materials of the past with an uncertainty of what the future holds. Whether they are struggling to find their identity or just being playfully deceitful is completely irrelevant, the point is they have gained independence and are moving forward regardless of what that may mean.