A Merry Christmas to all…: A brief review of “…And to All A Good Night” by The Maine

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It’s that time of year again. The same holiday tunes we have heard every year since our birth inundated us yet again. From TV commercials on TV to the radio and grocery stores, I’m sure you will catch “Let It Snow” more than once this season.

Now I’m not trying to be a modern-day Grinch. I’m not really against Christmas music. However, I do enjoy a bit of a respite from the monotony of traditional holiday tunes with something that still embraces the season and fits in like a crackling fire.

Luckily for me, one of my favorite bands has released their second holiday single and B-side that perfectly fits the bill. But be warned: while these wintry songs may aesthetically match a holiday theme musically, but “…And to All a Good Night” from The Maine doesn’t exactly bring on festive cheer.

“I’m having trouble sleeping like a child on Christmas Eve/ I’m restless in the night like the lights upon the tree.”

Even tingled with sadness, “Winter Means Nothing (Without You)” is an achingly beautiful song. It is a melancholy love song about the loneliness that accompanies the winter season when you have a broken heart.

12.25 follows a similar trajectory in lyrical content and musical sound. In fact. If I were going to offer any criticism, it would be that both songs on the single are thematically so similar.

“Snow falls in the quiet city/ while a fire burns inside/ and I’m wrapped up in a feeling/ got you wrapped up in my mind.”

So if you’re looking for a little break from “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want For Christmas is You,” look no further than “…And to All a Good Night” by The Maine.

 

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