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Mae
Destination: Beautiful
Tooth and Nail Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It's driving down a sun-drenched highway with your windows rolled down and your radio turned up. It's stealing road signs on a summer night with friends you've known since you were five. It's all the simple things that make life beatiful. Mae's first album Destination: Beautiful is not on the way to beautiful; it's there.

Often classified as emo, Mae sets itself apart from bands such as Dashboard Confessional or Taking Back Sunday with the clear, simple vocals of Dave Gimenez. Mae's sound is more closely related to that of All American Rejects. Destination: Beautiful is one of those CDs where you can listen to it straight through; the album seems to flow together. Such songs as "Summertime", "Embers and Envelopes", and "Skyline Drive" keep the CD in your stereo for months and their lyrics in your mind for even longer. The lyrics are emotionally driven and often poetic, such as "Sometimes I drive or ride with my eyes closed tight/ because if the skyline looks this way/ then I don't want to sleep tonight." from "Skyline Drive". This CD about summer nights keeps summer in your heart during the coldest of winters, and reminds you of the times in your life that have added up to make it worthwhile.

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