Maroon 5 - V - 2014 Pop Rock - Red Vinyl LP + Lyric Insert
Maroon 5 - V
Label: 222 Records 602537962105, Interscope Records 602537962105
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Red Vinyl
Housed in gatefold jacket. Parental advisory. Promotional sticker on the front read "Brand New Album. Red Vinyl. Features 11 Original Songs Including The Hit Single "Maps".
Released: 02 Sep 2014
Genre: Rock, Pop
A3 It Was Always You
A4 Unkiss Me
A6 Leaving California
B1 In Your Pocket
B2 New Love
B3 Coming Back For You
B5 My Heart Is Open
The guys of Maroon 5 have the art of making pop records down pat. They've been sneaking into ear canals and embedding seemingly irremovable songs in four minutes flat for more than a decade. And lately, they've been doing it spite of lead singer Adam Levine, who's wrestled with an unsavory image for a while now (for the record, he gets why you may think he is a douchebag, but is, in fact, not one).
They've also been accused of leaving behind their brand of honeyed California coastal soul (see "Sunday Morning") in favor of full-on pop jams ("Payphone"). Sure, a great deal of their success can be credited to going that route. However, a close listen to fifth album V reveals that their foundation has not been removed. Levine's hummingbird vocals and passionate delivery are as earnest as they were on their 2002 debut Songs About Jane.
Since then, they've buddied up with big-name producers -- Benny Blanco, Shellback and Ryan Tedder all assisted on V. Levine's also become a master at stretching and twisting words, like he did with that final "moves" in the "Moves Like Jagger" chorus. Such additions put V in the fast lane to chart-topping victory: after all, lead single "Maps" peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100, and follow-up "Animals" is creeping up the chart now.
The lead single, "Maps," piqued my interest with its unique melody line, and "Unkiss Me" is a mid-tempo ballad which has Adam Levine showcasing a lower vocal register which suits him rather well. A personal highlight is "It Was Always You," a smooth electro-groove which reminds of me something Rick Astley would be proud of. (And yes, I totally mean that as a compliment, lol.)
V is a tight relationship album, clocking in just shy of 41 minutes.
Band Produced And Engineered By Noah Passovoy
Executive Producer Max Martin
Mastered By Tom Coyne
Mixed By Serban Ghenea
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Maroon 5 - Maps
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Maroon 5 - Animals
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