Forever Halloween

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Forever Halloween
Forever Halloween album cover by rock band The Maine.jpg
Studio album by The Maine
Released June 4, 2013
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock, indie pop, pop punk
Length 43:08
Label 8123 (US), Universal Music (CAN), Rude (Europe)
Producer Brendan Benson
The Maine chronology
Pioneer
(2011)
Forever Halloween
(2013)
American Candy
(2015)
Singles from Forever Halloween
  1. "Happy"
    Released: April 15, 2013
  2. "Love and Drugs"
    Released: May 6, 2013
  3. "These Four Words"
    Released: June 3, 2013
  4. "Run"
    Released: August 11, 2014

Forever Halloween is the fourth full-length album by American rock band The Maine. The album was released on June 4, 2013 to generally positive reviews from critics. The album has spawned four singles: "Happy", "Love and Drugs", "These Four Words" and "Run". The album sold over 10,000 copies in its first week debuting at number 39 on the Billboard 200.[1] The album was released independently in the US in partnership with their management team Eighty One Twenty Three, via Universal Music in Canada, and Rude Records in Europe, UK, Australia and Japan.

The album, produced by Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs, is the band's second consecutive self-funded release following their departure from Warner Bros. Records. "To be seen and treated as an equal by someone you hold in high regard is a gratifying and refreshing feeling," says frontman John O'Callaghan on working with Benson. "[He] opened his studio doors, did that and much more which helped provide the platform to create an album we can now all stand behind."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
PopMatters 6/10[3]
Alternative Press 6/10[5]

Forever Halloween has received mostly positive feedback from music critics. At Metacritic, they assign a "weighted average" rating out of 100 to selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, and the album has received a Metascore of a 72, based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[3] Gregory Heaney of AllMusic rated the album three stars out of five, writing that the album "(Strikes) just the right balance between melancholy and wistfulness, (evoking) nostalgia without feeling overly sentimental as it takes a contemplative stroll down memory lane with a city-meets-ountry sound that feels inspired by the more pop-leaning moments of bands like Wilco and the Old 97's."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Take What You Can Carry"   3:00
2. "Love & Drugs"   3:30
3. "Run"   3:39
4. "White Walls"   4:23
5. "Happy"   2:43
6. "Birthday in Los Angeles"   3:17
7. "Blood Red"   3:18
8. "Kennedy Curse"   3:48
9. "Sad Songs"   3:21
10. "F**ked Up Kids"   4:35
11. "These Four Words"   4:08
12. "Forever Halloween"   5:26
Total length:
43:08

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 39
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 8
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[8] 13
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[9] 16
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[10] 9

Personnel[edit]

Members
Production[11]
  • Bucky Baxter – Pedal steel
  • Brendan Benson – Producer
  • Andrew Higley – Pump organ
  • Tim Kirch – Art direction, concept, layout
  • Dirk Mai – Art direction, concept, photography
  • The Maine – Composer, primary artist
  • Mike Esser – Engineer, percussion
  • Matthew Van Gasbeck – Composer
  • Mark Watrous – Backing vocals
  • Colby Wedgeworth – Mastering, mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Maine Billboard". 
  2. ^ "Forever Halloween Press Release". 
  3. ^ a b c Metacritic. "Critic Reviews for Forever Halloween". CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "Forever Halloween - The Maine - Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sawdey, Evan (June 5, 2013). "The Maine: Forever Halloween - Review". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Maine Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for The Maine. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Maine Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for The Maine. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Maine Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for The Maine. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Maine Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rock Albums for The Maine. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Maine Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for The Maine. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Forever Halloween - The Maine - AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 27, 2013.