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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Brink of Disaster
  2. Crazy 8s
  3. Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone
  4. Just Let Go
  5. On Top
  6. Waiting
  7. Sic Semper Tyrannis
  8. Release Me
  9. Telescopes
  10. Rocket
  11. Home
  12. Reflections


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000SNUNM4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Before I go any further into this review, one thing needs to be made perfectly clear. This is not The Everglow. Interpret that as you will, but if you buy this CD expecting The Everglow Pt. 2, you will be disappointed.

That said, on to the review. With Singularity, Mae has clearly chosen to take a new tack into the realm of straight-up rock. This is apparent from the very start of the album.

The first track, Brink of Disaster, starts off with a rocking guitar intro accompanied by a rousing keyboard line which really adds a distinct Mae touch. The verses drop into a more reflective mood, then rise back up into a high-energy chorus. This is followed by a fantastic bridge which only adds to the excitement. The song ends with Dave Elkins, in his inimitable way, screaming "asleep at the wheel!"

Crazy 8s is the next track, a more melancholy, slow-paced song with a soaring chorus in which Elkins asks "can you stay with me tonight?"

The third track is Sometimes I Can't Make it Alone, the first single from the album. Here we see a grittier edge to Mae, as Elkins showcases just how versatile his voice is and the guitars relentlessly grind out a hard accompaniment. This song is a make-or-break effort on Mae's part. Fans of harder rock will definitely enjoy it, while those who fondly remember Mae's smoother, more "emo" days will wonder what happened to the band they know and love.

With Just Let Go, Mae slows it down a little with a lilting tune that you'll find easily gets stuck in your head.

The next two tracks, On Top and Waiting, are two of the more forgettable songs on the album. That said, they are still strong efforts, with Waiting showcasing an excellent keyboard line by (unfortunately) former member Rob Sweitzer.
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In my view, the best album of 2005 is Mae's The Everglow, a brilliantly fresh concept album that still sweeps me away every time I listen to it. With its seamless storytelling, anthemic melodies and innovative soundscapes it's just in a class of its own. So there was probably no way that Mae's 3rd album Singularity was going to live up to my expectations for it. But still, it should have been better than it is. And that is, unfortunately, my one-line summary review of this album: it could have been so much more...

It sounds like they wanted to make a "safe" album filled with songs that are radio-friendly, songs that fans can jump to at concerts. I would describe it as uninspired with pockets of brilliance, like the sweeping Just Let Go, and the bridge of Release Me, which builds up to a soaring climax and then falls flat by just going back to the regular chorus.

Don't get me wrong -- this is still a really solid rock album and I have it on repeat on my iPod, it's just that I don't think the album does justice to the amazing talent these guys have. I don't know if they got lazy, or if maybe the studio made them go in a certain direction, or what the deal is, but the bottom line is that I didn't expect an album of easy listening sing-along songs. I expected an album that challenges me musically and philosophically, like The Everglow did.

Now, having said all that, I still recommend Singularity. As a rock album it is still way above average. But if you're looking for something different that'll keep you busy for years to come, get The Everglow instead...
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Just a few years ago, right around the release of The Everglow (a hidden masterpiece), I thought I was really cool for liking a somewhat unknown band. My musical tastes were still developing, and had been since I was listening to Clarity by Jimmy Eat World in 2001. I'm still always looking for new good music, but I feel I've come up dry. Perhaps it's partially my fault, perhaps it's part of the direction that music is heading now in the latter part of this decade, however, I tend to get my new music from the repertoire of bands that I have built up over the past 10 years. The Everglow is one of my favorite albums. I love the way it progresses, the way it tells a story, the different types of songs it offers; it's really a gem of an album. I even just love the artwork and booklet with all of the lyrics. Enough on The Everglow...

The point is that MAE created such high expectations for me and many others that I think have done a nice job on this forum of reviews. Destination:Beautiful was very good, a great start. The Everglow is a step forward. Singularity, well, is a step backwards. The diversity of music on the album is bland. Yes, it has a pretty smashing opening track that gives the album potential. But most of the rest of the album, with the primary exception of Just Let Go, is MAE trying to extend their reach and define themselves as a rock band, rather than just, well, MAE. Again, I think most of the other reviewers on here have done a great job. If you are considering purchasing this album because you are already a MAE fan, then do so. It's not a bad album at all. It's a mediocre album that's relatively catch, put out by a great band. If you want to get into MAE, purchase The Everglow. If you want some new tunes by MAE, check Singularity out. I've grown complacent in terms of finding new music. I was hoping for better from MAE, but I still believe that their best music is yet to come.
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