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Album Review: V

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture
By USM Free Press

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

By Sydney Donovan

Famous for their pop rock genre albums, Maroon 5 is back with their fifth studio album aptly titled V. This album is a throwback to their earlier album titled Songs about Jane. It acts as a very vocally-charged album that showcases lead singer Adam Levine. Its very catchy rhythms and melodies make this album a perfect listen for long car rides, while doing homework or relaxing after a long day at school.

The record opens with the hit single “Maps.” You may have heard this song during the summer when it was first released. The premise of this song is about trying to find the path to a girl’s heart: “Where were you / When all the roads you took came back to me / So I’m following the map that leads to you.”
Another song on their new album, “My Heart is Open,” is a duet between Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine. This track is a piano ballad that tells the story about how people should be willing to take chances on someone and say yes when the opportunity for love arises. “I know you’re scared / I can feel it / It’s in the air / I know you feel that too / But take a chance on me / You won’t regret it.

Maroons 5’s cover of “Sex and Candy” opens up with a catchy drumbeat and an inviting bluesy organ. Their adaption of Marcy’s Playground original song is refreshing. It adds a bluesy pop feel to the original composition. The laid back feeling in this song draws listeners in and has Adam Levine singing in a different style than we normally hear from him.
The synthesizer and guitar is switched out with acoustic drums and an organ for many of the songs, which makes for a nice change from what the Maroon 5 fans are used to. Counter to the relaxed rhythms and harmonies that the music presents, the lyrics describe a deviant ex-lover following the woman who left him: “I smell sex and candy / Who’s that loungin’ in my chair? / Who’s that castin’ devious stares in my direction? / Mama this surely is a dream.”

Overall, Maroon 5’s new album is an unexpected surprise compared to their previous album titled Overexposed. For anyone who appreciates older Maroon 5, I recommend that you go buy this record today. It’s a return to their more rock-influenced roots which is refreshing in today’s music scene.

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