Maroon 5 stand out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards and become “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100” with 12 Top 10 entries, sold over 20 million albums and 48 million singles worldwide. The band has additionally earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. Maroon 5 won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won't be Soon Before Long. In 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which featured the hit singles “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” which has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. In 2012, Maroon 5 released Overexposed, which quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of the collection’s singles rising to the top of the charts. The band quickly also set a record for the most #1’s (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history. Maroon 5’s most recent studio album, V, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and featured the hit singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar,” all of which went #1 on the Top 40 chart. The music video for the album’s GRAMMY- nominated single "Sugar" has notably logged a record setting 2+ billion views to date. 2017 saw the musicians release two additional chart-topping singles, “Don’t Wanna Know” and “Cold,” as well as close out a massive world tour that touched down in 30-plus countries for 120 concerts in front of more than 2.5 million fans.
Review by Thomas Bleach
Maroon 5 were arguably one of the best modern pop/rock bands in the world. I mean, they did deliver us the absolute monster hits “She Will Be Loved”, “This Love”, “Moves Like Jagger” and “Sugar” which still remain as sing along anthems. But instead of continuing to grow their pop-rock sound they’ve decided to only grow their pop sound. For their sixth studio album they have ditched your traditional instruments and instead have generically made an album full of mediocre synth-pop and RNB fusion tracks. Snore. Snore. Snore. “Red Pill Blues” had the potential to be a great album but instead it lacks originality and just attempts to re-create moments that have already charted this year from other artists. The whole time I was listening I was questioning if this was actually an Adam Levine solo record instead because I truly couldn’t hear the other members influence. The one time the band decided to actually make an organic sounding song they decided to make “Closure” which is an 11 minute track. Like no thanks, no one has time for that when the first minute was already average. The strongest moments come from the RNB influenced and mid tempo synth ballad “Wait” and the seductive “Lips On You”. Melodically they just stand out with the slick production and Levine’s captivating vocals that soar through some impressive high notes. They also deliver the absolute bop “Help Me Out” featuring Julia Michaels which does take a couple listens to grow on you but when it does you will be singing and grooving along non stop. But the rest of the album is a snore fest. I loved their last record “V” and am one of the very few that loved “Overexposed” but now they’ve taken the pop approach too far.
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