Tag Archives: Maroon 5

Doin’ Dirt – Maroon 5

23 Jul

Rock n’ (pop) roll

I’m in the process of making my way through Overexposed and am loving every joyfully pop second of it. M5 excel when their sound is gritty but always on just the right side of pop. Adam’s voice rocks it out and their heavy guitar influences shine through, bursting out at the undeniably catchy refrains. ‘We’re putting on a show for the crowd, / So turn it up, baby / Let’s make it loud’ is as easily memorable as anything on Moves Like Jagger. And in exchange for the whistling, you get repetitions of ‘Right now, now,’ ‘Shining like a neon light, light,’ and so forth. From my experience, that’s easier to repeat than the whistling. Seriously, Flo Rida’s Whistle isn’t as easy to recreate after the third G&T. Take a listen below and Flo Rida’s Whistle after the jump. Because hey, sometimes it’s nice just to surrender to the pop:

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Ladykiller – Maroon 5

18 Jul

The gang, y’all!

‘Baby, she’ll eat you alive, as soon as she smells your blood in the water,’ Levine sings cheekily over one of the highlights from Overexposed, Maroon 5’s foray into undeniably and (semi) hitherto uncharted pop waters. Look, I’m a proud owner of Maroon 5’s entire discography. B-sides, deluxe editions, live sets: I have them all. And their recent resurgence makes me nothing but happy. I love them. Anyway, as much as every review begins with ‘Maroon 5 have decided to sell their souls to the devils of popular music,’ a lot of this sounds a return to their classical pop/rock roots. Fortune Teller rip-roars through an undeniable hook, yes, but wouldn’t sound out of place on Songs About Jane. The album’s a delight and arrived perfectly in time for my vacation. Listen to Ladykiller below and the exciting sound of Fortune Teller after the jump:

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Checking in on the iTunes chart: Part Two

3 Jul

Upgrade your cell plan, already.

Howdy, howdy. They say that in summer time, a music listener’s heart turns to pop. Okay, they don’t say that but for the purpose of this article: They do. A while ago, I checked in on the iTunes chart for some rigorous analysis (read: six bullet points) but it was fun! Right? Well our stats for that day certainly say it was so let’s delve into those murky depths once more!

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Come Away To The Water – Maroon 5 ft. Rozzi Crane

28 Mar

Jeez, there were lots of ‘likes’ and ‘Henrys’ in yesterday’s post: I approve. I don’t approve of Michael’s mocking my HG addiction. The film was so good. And not just in a ‘they did quite a good adaptation.’ It was really, really good. Anyway, I’m pulling 3 more tracks from the soundtrack and here’s a Maroon 5 one heading at you.

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Runaway – Maroon 5

12 Jul

Maroon 5: Looking distinctly un-maroon.

Would it be reductive of me to call Maroon 5 superior loung music? I really don’t mean it in a pejorative way and lounge music always strikes me as deeply luxurious and indulgent. I am aware that many people do call their particular brand of polished pop-rock boringly grating or gratingly boring. However, I’m a big fan of the band. Like many others, I was hooked in by This Love and She Will Be Loved (and in particular, Sunday Morning, which I like to play on my favourite day of the week*) Unlike many others, I stuck with the band through their second album. On Makes Me Wonder, the band perfected hotel lobby pop, and produced the delicious Wake Up Call (accompanied by one of the most memorably music videos of late, the band certainly have a knack for visuals). Recently, Adam Levine has been featured as a judge on America’s hybrid of The X Factor/American Idol, The Voice. I’ve read that he’s the only judge that actually gives musical criticism, which I guess makes him their version of Dannii Minogue (recently banished to the pop-culture graveyard during The X Factor transition massacre of early 2011). Regardless of his talent show capabilites, Levine’s latest output remains as competent as ever. In many ways, they remind me of a less cynical and bitter version of The 88, no bad thing. Before I launch into their latest effort, here’s a reminder of Maroon 5 at their best with my favourite record of theirs, Won’t Go Home Without You:

Glee's version of Misery: Probably with more hair-gel and blazers than Levine had imagined.

Hands All Over (along with its questionable cover art) has all the features of a great Maroon 5 album. Suitable pining over girls, a sprinkling of nostalgia and a generous dousing of regret. The first single, about a tempestuous relationship, Misery was quite successful in America (a bit of a non-starter over here, though, it seems that Levine’s subsequent efforts have never fully translated this side of the pond). Lest we forget, it was Glee-ified by Darren Criss during Glee’s second season. There have been a string of songs, from the bizarre but sweet Never Gonna Leave This Bed to the rockier-than-usual Hands All Over. In an attempt to branch out, I’m going to highlight their latest single, Runaway. This seems distinct from many other Maroon 5 records, right down to the video which must be the first not to centre on Levine’s pretty boy image. It seems the perfect song to play on a rainy day spent inside a beach house on holiday and is probably the closest to Jack Johnson that my musical taste-buds will ever allow:

If that whets your apetite or reignites your love for contemporary rock/pop boy groups (and really, if this doesn’t, nothing will) check out Maroon 5’s summer sets here, on YouTube.

*The one that comes before Monday.