The Maine – ...And a Happy New Year
Record Label: Fearless Records
Release Date: December 9th, 2008
Christmas music is the only type that I can never get sick of; I seem to enjoy it regardless of who makes it. Yep, that's right - if a metal Jeffree Star cover band ever made a Christmas CD, I'd probably like it. With that said, when The Maine announced they'd be releasing a Christmas EP, I was quite intrigued. After hearing their "Ho Ho Hopefully" song last year, I wondered how it'd sound if they were take on some more yuletide tunes.
...And a Happy New Year kicks off with the re-done version of "Ho Ho Hopefully." Featuring Lights as background vocals, it adds a nice touch to the overall feel of the song. Although The Maine were never, and most likely never will be, known for good lyrics, I always found them pretty humorous, but not in a bad way; "Santa Stole My Girlfriend" is the best example of this. A mellow, stripped down, acoustic song with lyrics such "Santa, you bitch / Didn't get a damn thing on my Christmas list / All I got was a broken heart, and that's it" are sure to bring you a smile during the holiday season.
"Mr. Winter" shakes things up a bit, being the first full-band number on the EP. Musically, it reminds me of something off their first EP, The Way We Talk, a release I found more superior to their full-length. Final song, a cover of "Last Christmas," isn't neccessarily bad, but I would have liked to see The Maine try something different. It feels like everyone and their grandparents have covered that song.
Overall, if you like the band, there's no real reason to not like ...And a Happy New Year. If you're not a fan of The Maine but still like Christmas, chances are you'll find something enjoyable about this EP.
For those who just don't like Christmas music in general, you probably hate puppies and steal toys from babies, too.
"A mellow, stripped down, acoustic song with lyrics such "Santa, you bitch / Didn't get a damn thing on my Christmas list / All I got was a broken heart, and that's it" are sure to bring you a smile during the holiday season."
I have lost all faith in The Maine after the atrocity of their full length. The two EPs were alright but that album was awful. I still might check this out but I would rather have someone review it that can be more critical.