The Maine
Black & White


2.0
poor

Review

by KrissWatts USER (3 Reviews)
September 13th, 2010 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An appropriate title for such a colourless listening experience.

The Maine’s previous album Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop was a guilty pleasure of mine. It consisted of every pop-punk cliché’ in the book yet still retained plenty of enjoyable moments. More or less every song was about relationships, which says volumes for the intended audience but I was simply overwhelmed by the catchiness of it all and disregarded the repetitive lyrics and simply took the album for what it was: Fun and catchy. The Maine had a good formula for song writing but what has changed to make Black and White such a dull experience?

Black and White offers nothing new. No maturing of vocals, no new content of lyrics and no improvements instrumentally. Everything that worked for them in the past has been stripped away. Gone are the electronic sections, gang chants and lively choruses. Instead we’re left with a dull grind start to finish, full of hooks that fall flat and lyrics that we all heard on their last album.

The single exception on this album is ‘Inside of You’. This somewhat infectious song injects the album with a well-needed dose of ‘excitement’ and even contains evidence of vocal improvement. The sad thing is that it’s the only song I can remember and even saying that, there’s no desire to go back and re-listen.

The greatest letdown of the album is how each song starts in the same manner: Each track, without fail begins with a forgettable riff that’s practically indistinguishable from the last. The same goes for the drumming: Beats sound recycled with perhaps the occasional variation on timing patterns. I simply can’t get over just how lazy the album sounds, which is such a contrast from their previous work that captured a real sense of energy and variety.

Overall the album is a disappointing mess. The whole listening experience offers nothing new: No memorable moments, no evidence of progression, nothing. I honestly don’t know why I expected so much from Black and White, yet it lives up to its aptly given title in being dull and colourless.


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americanmusicmachine
September 13th 2010


3953 Comments


good review bro. album sounds sucky. shit

KrissWatts
September 13th 2010


96 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man, and yeah, the whole thing is WEAK.

DiceMan
September 13th 2010


7068 Comments


Saw them live once and they were poop!

Winsomniac
September 13th 2010


7972 Comments


Oh my.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2010


15981 Comments


isn't that the same album art as a maroon 5 cd?

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Nikkolae
September 13th 2010


4848 Comments


i like Can't Stop, Won't Stop, but i can safely say i wont check this out after what i read here ,good review

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KrissWatts
September 13th 2010


96 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

They've gone so down hill since, you'll be doing yourself a favour by staying well clear. And thanks a lot for the pos

Foxhound
September 13th 2010


4570 Comments


these girls are stupid. i might troll rate.

iamSeraph
November 15th 2010


863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

signing that review completely.
exatcly matches my soundoff which I gave back in the day..
good job dude. pos'd.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Maine cross over to a major label for their 2nd LP 'Black & White', and are afforded the use of big name producer Howard Benson. Unfortunately, it does not work out for the better, since the sound predominantly on offer here is bland radio-rock with a touch of country! As a consequence, the band's energy seems stilted, with John O'Callaghan's vocals simply not fitting the change in direction. What pop-punk edge they had on their consistent & likeable debut has all but disappeared, with 'Black & White' only being made passable by it's front-loaded highlights & lack of anything too awful. Recommended Tracks: Inside of You, Right Girl & Fuel To The Fire.

explosionsinmyeye
January 20th 2011


51 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I hope this isn't what punk pop is coming to.



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