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on March 26, 2004
Mae's debut album is absolutely gorgeous. I saw them live when they performed w/something corporate last fall and had to have the CD. for once, though, i found that the disc is better than the live version...but that could just be due to bad acoustics and/or not knowing the songs before they were performed. anyway, mae is a perfect escape band, the music is wonderful for drifting away into your own world. David's voice definitely enhances his lyrics and the music combines in such a way that you're apt to experience a couple spine-tingling moments while you listen--you know, those times when everything just clicks and you think, yeah, that's exactly it. the first experience with that is on This Time is the Last Time, when the melody and different lines start to overlap and build. It hits again in the beginning of Sun, and then at Last Call, because who can resist this lyric: more out of place than anything you know/like an opera at a disco/when all you wanted was a rock show/tonight. then skyline drive, when the band perfectly touches the way we feel when we just want to drive. my favorite song is Soundtrack for Our Movie. At first you think, oh goodness, how cheesy, how typical, but then it grows on you and you realize that's the start of all new relationships. the only way i'd change this cd is switch the last two tracks, because after all the hopefulness and happiness (but it is, of course, rooted in realism, not too much optimism, not fake!) the album ends with Goodbye, Goodnight, which leaves you slightly unsettled and wondering where you stand. good for other albums, other bands, but for this one it should end with Giving it Away, a song about uncertainty but trust and faith. oh yeah, by the way, Mae's a Christian band. didn't know that? it's just proof that Christianity doesn't need to fit into a little box.
All in all, buy this album not because it's emo and you need to fit it into your collection, but because it moves beyond the typical and slowly wedges its way into your consciousness until you don't care if the disc skips because it's all in your head anyway (but you still burn the tracks you ripped so you can play the album for your friends and get them hooked too)
waiting for the rain to stop...destination beautiful...