"Almost" speaks of a relationship that almost worked out, but didn't work out for timing and distance reasons. "If we were both on central time / then maybe you'd be mine," the duo sings in the bridge of the song, echoing a sentiment sung in friend Taylor Edwards's track "California Time." It's interesting to compare this song to a song the girls released 4 years ago, "Long Distance." The pop-rock rooted acoustic ballad is a bittersweet affair, with the girls singing "No matter how it goes / I just want you to know / I'm reminiscing / Thinking 'bout us kissing," in the chorus. "Long Distance" is devastating and heartbreaking. But now with "Almost," the girls take a more mature perspective, saying "sometimes the stars just don't align" in response to a failed love. There's always room for a sad ballad, but the new perspective on relationships and distance shows how much the Mace twins have grown and changed as writers, and as people.
Overall rating: 4 ½ crowns
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