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Mike Mains & The Branches 'When We Were In Love' Album Review by Ariana Leo

Mike Mains & The Branches

When We Were In Love

Tooth and Nail Records

April 5th, 2019

Album Review By Ariana Leo, Photojournalist

 

 

Mike Mains & The Branches turn struggle to triumph with When We Were In Lovetheir third studio album in their ten-year career, and their first release since 2014. What has resulted from a low point in frontman Mike Mains’ life is a wholly satisfying blend of blend of indie-alternative stylings and bright pop melodies. Each of these eleven tracks comes with its own unique feel, and they come together as a cohesive package to tell the story of Mains’ rise from dark times.

Mains’ voice is smooth and sensual, earnest and emotional; he sings openly and honestly about the challenges he’s faced and how he learned to find his way back into the light. Adding to the vocal intimacy of the album are harmonies by Mike’s bandmate and wife, Shannon Mains, particularly standing out on the latter half of the album. Standout tracks include “Around The Corner,” an uplifting anthem, and “Fever,” an impossibly catchy tune that fans won’t be able to resist singing and dancing along to at live shows. Each song paints a picture, a vivid scene into which the listener can’t help but be drawn.

When We Were In Love truly has it all--emotion, power, poignancy, catchy melodies, fun, upbeat rhythms as well as moody, contemplative moments, with an evident undercurrent of pure love for making music tying it all together. To celebrate their comeback, the band will embark on a small US tour later this summer, with support from Dawning and Young Pioneer.   

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