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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the indie pop band led by Aaron Maine was recorded in his apartment.
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Underwater
sometimes i see the vision sometimes you know i don't oh how i wish it would show me only the things that i want hi there franklin underwater hi... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 17, 2016
    100
    The repetitiveness of Pool tires itself out by track 12, but there's an art to flawless cohesion.
  2. Feb 8, 2016
    80
    The latter half of Pool shines brightest when Maine shows more of himself, and becomes increasingly poetic and earnest.
  3. For being an easy album to just listen to, Pool is not easy to break down.
  4. Feb 5, 2016
    70
    Written and recorded almost entirely in Maine's Manhattan apartment, the album was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, !!!) and should play equally well in bedroom headphones and basement nightclubs, and leave many anticipating album three.
  5. 65
    Although most probably disappointing expectant fans; a long EP would have held together the worthier ideas more artistically.
  6. Feb 5, 2016
    60
    For the most part it works--a few repeated listens and the melodies and hooks bury themselves in the brain. But on tracks like ‘Car’ and ‘Be Apart’, Maine’s determination to retain that sense of despair can overshadow everything and cause some slight desensitivity.
  7. Feb 11, 2016
    50
    His boyish sensibilities alongside his weary, romantic croon does grate, and especially so considering he’s taking a musical approach that automatically puts him in a more vulnerable place. But in trying to find his groove back, Maine’s insular stiffness fails to provide any plausible authenticity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 15, 2016
    10
    This is an unique album, Aaron Maine was able to reinvent himself creating a pool of sadness and emotions. His voice got deeper just like hisThis is an unique album, Aaron Maine was able to reinvent himself creating a pool of sadness and emotions. His voice got deeper just like his songs, the album is just amazing. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2016
    9
    Having shifted his style since his first release, Aaron Maine is coming into his element. Here, we have wonderfully unique album about what itHaving shifted his style since his first release, Aaron Maine is coming into his element. Here, we have wonderfully unique album about what it means it be lonely, yet not alone. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2016
    9
    Listening to this record is like watching an ice sculpture melt. There's beauty in its distortion and changing form. The only thing I dislikeListening to this record is like watching an ice sculpture melt. There's beauty in its distortion and changing form. The only thing I dislike is the voice modulation on a couple tracks, I think the record could do without it. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2016
    9
    Tapping into the warm, smooth textures of chillwave and indie, Porches created a spectacular album revolving around the water splashes. TheyTapping into the warm, smooth textures of chillwave and indie, Porches created a spectacular album revolving around the water splashes. They are taking your feet and immersing them into sand and water. Expand