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Mae

Mae: Destination: BeautifulDestination: Beautiful (2003)
Tooth & Nail Records

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The last time I heard a CD that sounded this good and blew me away as much as this album did was Jimmy Eat World's masterpiece Clarity. Mae has created an emotional journey that is just as masterful as Clarity was, only masterful in a different way. Where Clarity often led me to close my eyes and.
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The last time I heard a CD that sounded this good and blew me away as much as this album did was Jimmy Eat World's masterpiece Clarity. Mae has created an emotional journey that is just as masterful as Clarity was, only masterful in a different way.

Where Clarity often led me to close my eyes and just feel alive, Destination: Beautiful puts the biggest smile on my face. I can't sit still when I listen to this album. Truth be told, halfway through my first listen of Embers and Envelopes I had one of the biggest smiles I've ever had. I was excited to be hearing what I was hearing. It's been a long time since I've heard a band with such a perfcect and unique sound as Mae have. Brandtson came to mind after I heard this CD the whole way through, but Mae stands out more than Brandtson. Mae's songs just glow with meaning; beautiful guitars shine through when they need to and fall back in the mix when need be. Drumming is very solid and stands out quite nicely through out the album. A keyboard is utilized to perfection; the last forty seconds of Sun and all of Embers and Envelopes are a testemant to how much of a difference the keyboard makes. Now for the vocals... beautiful. They lean slightly towards the high end, reminiscent of Death Cab's Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins, the vocals have a voice of their own. Beautiful.

Embers and Envelopes, Sun, Soundtrack to Our Movie, Summertime and Goodbye, Goodnight are my favorites. Each shines with uniqueness and emotion that makes Mae so freakin good. Giving It Away and Skyline Drive are the two "ballads" I guess you could say, the two songs slow things down and bring out another side to the band that shines equally as bright. Out of the 11 tracks there is not one dud. I failed to mention the other songs only because of how much the songs I mentioned stand out.

Destination: Beautiful is about as close to a perfect album as I've heard in years. In fact, Mae may have created a perfect album. Beautifully written and played, Destination: Beautiful stands out amongst the rest of the CDs on the shelves. Purchase this album and you will be the proud owner of joy pressed to CD. Push play and let go, Mae will make the sun shine and will bring a smile to your face.

 

 
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treos (August 10, 2006)

people who liked this album also liked...Hawthorne Heights, Fallout Boy, and..other Mae, i think ive said all i need to.

treos (August 10, 2006)

bleed american was better than clarity

treos (August 10, 2006)

The vocalist sounds like he should be singing country music. P.S. country music sucks

Anonymous (May 7, 2006)

yup. the haters just need a little fuck and they'll come around.

_dream_of_me_ (January 6, 2006)

This album blew me away. I love it so much, it never get's old. I'd have to say that Mae is working their way into my top 5 :-)

Anonymous (March 3, 2005)

boring crap

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

I love this album. Perfect, though? Comparing it to Jimmy Eat World's Clarity is a long stretch, but it is a great album. Comparing Mae to a Yellowcard song is one the the stupidest comparisons I've ever heard...and to say that Bleed American is better than Clarity......you obviously know nothing about music. Clarity is the most amazing album. At the risk of sounding completely cliche, that album changed my life. Bleed American doesn't come close.

Anonymous (July 19, 2004)

Mae is not close to the best band in the world, but they'll sure make more money playing music than the money you'll get from whining ur sorry asses about their shit.

Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

I agree with this review...its such an awesome album. after i heard it the only way i could actually describe it was "beautiful".

KathleenNicole (June 30, 2004)

"stupid trendy girls....i hate this peopel need to listen to music because they freaking liek what they are hearing"
Who's to say they don't like what they hear? I think it's great when people don't have to dress or act like what they have in their CD player. It adds depth to their personality. Also, Mae rocks. Who honestly cares if they're emo or not? If they can genuinely cause you to smile then they're great. If they cause you to vomit then you need to get your digestive system checked out my friend.

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

Shut the fuck up...by the way this band is fucking awsome. They remind me of that song on the yellowcard cd one year six months and while they really can't be considered punk they are awsome
-Kaysey

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

wow you guys have no fucking lives...i mean come on...u have nothing better than to make fun of an album that is pretty good...maybe the only reason u make fun of it is cuz u kno u couldnt fucking make an album half as good as this one...and whoever the fuck is making fun of emo better shut the fuck up cuz im ready to bet that they are sum gay little pussy who listens to usher and brittany spears...or thinks they are cool cuz they listen to rancid...guess what? anyone can say this album is gay...or that emo is gay...or that they are punk...who fucking gives a shit....get of ur fucking pedistool and get a life

Anonymous (May 13, 2004)

You know what? Homophobia is gay.

-BSD

Anonymous (May 12, 2004)

BSD is a faggot

That pussy taking Doc Martins over Sketchers is a faggot. If you wear Doc Martins you need to kill yourfuckingself.

never heard this band or it's music but it sounds like a bunch of steaming shit floating in a toilet.

Anonymous (May 12, 2004)

Why is this being reviewed NOW?

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

I don't mind the music. It honestly is pretty good, but I hate the vocals. It just kills me every time the guy sings.

Jimmy eat World is a great band. Clarity is an amazing album, but Bleed American is better.

TJmoney (May 11, 2004)

"Oh yeah, I hate your Rancid shirt 'cause it's fucking trendy."

"mae? more like gae"

LOLerz!!!

Anonymous (May 11, 2004)

well maybe it's not the music that sucks. maybe it's you

Anonymous (May 10, 2004)

it's not that it's not "manly enough."

it just sucks.

Anonymous (May 10, 2004)

I think that this is a great band. They obviously have talent. All the guys who say that it's queer music and stuff are just too stupid to know what good music is. They are afraid that it's not "manly" enough. Get over yourselves and really listen to the music.

Anonymous (May 10, 2004)

this album is pretty good, but i can't get over how dumb the name is. just "destination beautiful" to yourself a few times. good lord it is stupid.

Anonymous (May 10, 2004)

These guys are talented. I wouldn't call them "punk", but I had the chance to see them live and thought they were great.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

captaincrunch's rant about dr. thunder and america's best ketchup made me sad that my family is a bunch of cheap bastards

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

"At the risk of sounding like a bigoted jock, any boy who likes this must be a faggot jew who loves cock."

you really should just never say anything again. this is an exceptionally ignorant and ridiculous comment.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

piece?

Romeo (May 9, 2004)

Fuck the guy who said this page should be called '' onlyemorevies.org '' if you dont like the site then fuck off pal.

never heard this band but if its like JEW then fuck it.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

I like these guys alright, but that singer sure has one annoying voice. The songwriting is good enough that I listen and enjoy anyway, but I wouldn't have been as kind as this review is.

And Embers and Envelopes is an awesome fuckin' song.

Piece.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

The record reminds people of J.E.W. because summertime ripped off goodbye sky harbor. I could make that song using a copy of Clarity and a shitty pro tools imitation. YOU LOVE IT because you already heard this record done by 15 other bands before it came out. Only better.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

mae?
more like gae.

BSD (May 9, 2004)

"Oh yeah, I hate your Rancid shirt 'cause it's fucking trendy."

Assuming that I like Rancid because I really dislike Mae must have made a lot of sense when you were coming down from the heroin, but I'm pretty sober right now, and it seems kind of funny.

No, I hate Rancid. Rancid are as dumb as Mae.

-BSD

mikeinflames (May 9, 2004)

if you make comments like that you need to look in the dictionary for the word ignorant

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

if you like this band and you're a male, you need to look between your legs and see if you still have a dick.

music like this is fucking retarded.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

Just like Silent Bob, this dude LOVES the cock.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

"This record getting a 10 is brought to you by Satan, reminding you that the apocalypse comes a little bit closer with every bad emo record selling 250k."

Actually this records is bought to you by Jesus, or his minions on earth Tooth and Nail. This cd is proof that although Christians have colonialism down to a tee, satan still makes the best music.

-the wang

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

Hating trendy people is soooo trendy.
For fucks sake, if you don't like Mae, just state why you hate their music, stop acting all hardcool and bitching about the people who enjoys the band's sound.

Oh yeah, I hate your Rancid shirt 'cause it's fucking trendy.

BSD (May 9, 2004)

No, I stick by my comment. This band is for girls with annoying haircuts who steal purses from thrift stores and take them to school and hide them in their lockers so they won't get caught.

At the risk of sounding like a bigoted jock, any boy who likes this must be a faggot jew who loves cock.

Anonymous (May 9, 2004)

some of this is ridiculous, true...but i saw them live a while back, and they are a really terrific band, in the sense that they play amazingly together...they're tight, exacting, and flawless...

but better songwriting would go a long way...

Anonymous (May 8, 2004)

To bad he was right. Who else likes this band or other bands like them? mojority are trendy little girls and little emo guys who may as well be girls. Am I saying theres anything wrong with this kind of music? no. But is it any good? no. It's just a fucking advertisement.

Anonymous (May 8, 2004)

I don't know, but I'll never ever listen to them because the annoying trendy girls at my school who think they're all so alternative love them.

way to go BSD, yet another retarded comment from you.

Anonymous (May 8, 2004)

More like... "destination: toilet bowl."

Anonymous (May 8, 2004)

These guys used to be better when they were called "Sky's The Limit", seriously. I like the guys voice, but their sound is so damn generic. They don't do much to make themselves stand out. I do have a soft spot for that "Summertime" song, but I wouldn't ever really reccomend this album.

absolutely NOT worthy of a ten.

-benz

KirbyPuckett (May 8, 2004)

I saw this band open for the Starting Line (look man, don't ask, I went w/ my g/f).

Anyways, g e n e r i c.

That is all.

P.S. -- The Suicide Machines are better than you.

captaincrunch (May 8, 2004)

Its funny, I saw these guys with Motion City soundtrack a while back and I thought to myself "these guys were a lot better when they used to be called Jimmy Eat World." In reality, they are like a poor man's version of JEW.

Like buying Dr. Thunder from wal-mart instead of spending the extra 50 cents on Dr. Pepper.

Or buying sketchers instead of Doc Martens. For crying out loud, you're going to go through 7 or 8 pairs of sketchers in the same amount of time that one pair of Docs lasts.

Seriously, if this is a 10 then Clarity must be an 18 or 19. Its kind of an insult to say that this is even in the same ballpark.

Hey, pass the ketchup. I'll take the Heinz, not your 'america's best' watery shit.

-Captain Crunch

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

ahaha

jew.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

jesus christ change the name of this website to onlyemoreviews.org oh and fuck this band.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

pretty
good
cd

thefunkybrother (May 7, 2004)

"Jesus is hogging all the nails."

Holy shit, that was classic.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

last days of april's "Ascend to the Stars" reminds me JEW's "Clarity". Not Mae.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

love it.

also recommends:
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

I don't know, but I'll never ever listen to them because the annoying trendy girls at my school who think they're all so alternative love them.

That's my logic.

-BSD

stupid trendy girls....i hate this peopel need to listen to music because they freaking liek what they are hearing

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

I don't know, but I'll never ever listen to them because the annoying trendy girls at my school who think they're all so alternative love them.

That's my logic.

-BSD

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

Omgwtflol!!!

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

I like JEW too, but this just isn't a good album... unless you're assessing it solely as a measurement of the capacity of a group to play their instruments proficiently and the ability of a different group to determine how loud each instrument should sound when played simultaneously.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

great review for a great band.

Icapped2pac (May 7, 2004)

"Jesus is hogging all the nails."

Holy fuck dude. I know people type "LOL" a lot, but I seriously laughed out loud. Score's for the comment. Pure gold.

mikeinflames (May 7, 2004)

mae are my guilty pleasure
i like them
they are good
and they put on a decent live show

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

What a faggot.

flummo (May 7, 2004)

I disagree with this review.

OKSoda (May 7, 2004)

"If this is a 10, somebody please give a couple of nails to bust my eardrums."

Jesus is hogging all the nails.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

clarity is overrated? uh. no. its a masterpiece

i-type-poorly (May 7, 2004)

Jesus, Clarity is so overrated. I will continue to have none of this mae.

7Thereislifeinthis7 (May 7, 2004)

10....uhh sure man.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

mae suuuuuuuuuuuucks.

johnnydanger (May 7, 2004)

This record getting a 10 is brought to you by Satan, reminding you that the apocalypse comes a little bit closer with every bad emo record selling 250k.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

I am glad that all you self-proclaimed "scene participants" are so holier-than-thou. Quit your crying.

thefunkybrother (May 7, 2004)

If this is a 10, somebody please give a couple of nails to bust my eardrums.
-TFB

maverick (May 7, 2004)

My sister is huge into these guys.

Her other current favorites are Something Corporate and Number One Fan.

So yeah.

-Scott

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

gag me with a cock

inagreendase (May 7, 2004)

This is pretty crappy. The vocals are so whiny, and this thing is far from original.

Anonymous (May 7, 2004)

"the vocals have a voice of their own"...
what the shit does that mean?
most of these reviews make me
ashamed to be into this scene

Steve_Buscemi (May 7, 2004)

I immediately thought clarity when i heard this. it's not bad, but definitely not a 10 dude.

Haggard (May 7, 2004)

"The last time I heard a CD that sounded this good and blew me away as much as this album did was Jimmy Eat World's masterpiece Clarity"

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