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Albums Of The Week: AJR | The Maybe Man

The prolific pop-rock siblings process the loss of their father — and tackle adulting — with this ambitious concept disc, which finally arrives being delayed multiple times.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:AJR’s long-awaited fifth studio album The Maybe Man might just be their most identifiable body of work yet. In true AJR fashion, they came up with a larger-than-life way to explain the existential crisis of growing up and also process and deal with their father’s passing. Enter The Maybe Man. The title character is “a big sad superhero who is always questioning who he is,” they say. Like a giant out of your favorite fairy tale (remade in kickass 3-D), emotion hangs over his head, so it doesn’t have to hang over yours.

AJR have teased The Maybe Man throughout the past year or so, with previous releases like The Dumb Song (which piled up nearly 20 million streams and 2 million YouTube views), The DJ Is Crying For Help (20 million streams and 4.3 million views and I Won’t (a whopping 52 million global streams and 4.3 million views. Recently they  released God Is Really Real, which siblings Adam, Jack and Ryan Met wrote about their father Gary Metzger, who passed away earlier this year. The heartfelt song resonated in the hearts of listeners who had grown to love Gary as an unofficial fourth member of the band.

AJR make the kind of music that encourages you to keep going. For as much as their multi-dimensional soundscapes, theatrical delivery, and big screen-worthy vision provide an escape, the multiplatinum chart-topping trio of Adam (vocals/bass), Jack (vocals/guitar) and Ryan (guitar/piano/vocals) also manage to intimately empathize with listeners. The band constructed an inimitable and immersive world soundtracked by a truly alternative vision for pop.

Following their platinum breakout album The Click (2017), the boys consecutively crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 with Neotheater (2019) and OK Orchestra (2021). They’ve packed arenas on multiple continents. In addition to earning widespread acclaim, they’ve ignited late-night television and are composing the score for Harold & the Purple Crayon on Broadway.”