Let me just say this now: if you get triggered easily or are bothered by mentions of suicide or anything with mental illness, this record may not be for you. However, if you are struggling with a mental illness or suicidal thoughts, and you’re looking for that small push to keep you going, this record may be for you. “You Are Ok” was released this past Friday and it may just be The Maine’s rawest album yet. Lead singer John O’Callaghan opened up about some mental health struggles with this record, and it shows on tracks like “Slip the Noose,” “Forevermore,” and “Broken Parts.” Hearing songs such as these may provide comfort to listeners who are feeling like they are alone because they can take comfort in knowing that someone else is going through something as well. “Flowers on the Grave” is the last song on the record, and at over nine minutes long, it’ll have you crying from start to finish. I won’t give too much away about the song because it’s one that you just have to hear for yourself, but if you need reassurance that you are not alone in whatever you are going through: this song is for you. “You Are Ok” is available now on all streaming platforms, but if you’d like a physical copy, check out The Maine’s website to order one or find a record store near you.
Review By: Megan Courtney