Ten years have come and gone from the time Maroon 5 broke onto the music scene with their debut album, Songs About Jane (I know, I can’t believe it, either), to today. Since then, the group has supplied us with two more records. The most recent, 2010’s Hands All Over – which I wrote a less than stellar review about (I still feel bad about that). Now Maroon 5 is back with another musical adventure. This latest creation promotes the group’s ever-changing sound; Maroon 5’s melodic evolution from Rock to Pop. Though the reviews from certain critics have been unfavorable, don’t let them fool you. The album is infinitely better than its predecessor, a comeback of sorts for the group. Overexposed supplies us with sexy, singable tunes. Which is, essentially, what Maroon 5 does best.
By this time, I’m sure you’ve all heard the initial single off the record. While Payphone is one heck of an earworm, I admit – Adam Levine’s signature falsetto prominently on display – I found the inclusion of Wiz Khalifia’s rap-solo disrupting to the entire song. It seemed misplaced and out of character for the group’s style. The song’s uncomplicated tune and rough lyrics offset its faults, making it one of two predominately catchy tracks on the album. The other, One More Night, is the most-recent single to be released to the public. At first, I wasn’t too sure how I felt about track, but I soon found myself returning to it again and again. Resistance is futile when it comes to the song. It might be overly Pop, but the lyrics are relatable and so darn hard to get out of your head.
If you’re looking for those definitive Adam Levine over-sexed lines, Tickets and Ladykiller are the songs for you. A smooth, seductive theme leads Ladykiller; while Tickets is energetic – the song’s narrator teasing and taunting. Lucky Strike – part Disco and part R&B – just makes you want to dance, which is unusual for a Maroon 5 song.
I was slightly surprised to find The Man Who Never Lied on my standout list after I listened to the album a few times. Its easy charm – the singable chorus – combined with its somber lyrics and fervent strains fit seamlessly with the rest of the recordings, but give the record a much-needed tender push. Parallel to that, as one of the most passionate songs on the record, Daylight is beautifully sentimental – another standout; an intense not-quite ballad which melody rises and falls to accentuate the emotional chorus. “And when the daylight comes, I’ll have to go; but tonight I’m gonna hold you so close.” My favorite track on the record is, undoubtedly, Beautiful Goodbye. The strains are lighthearted; sweet and romantic, but somehow desolate. A contemporary masterpiece that will effortlessly find a place on several romantic-comedy soundtracks. A song perfect for any mix-tape.
Truthfully, I don’t go to Maroon 5 for exceptionally emotional or complex lyrics. I go to them for catchy Pop-Rock tunes that make me want to rock-out or serenade the one I love. When I listen to a Maroon 5 album, I look for repeatability. How many times am I able to hear this song or that song without wanting to immediately power down my iPod? Overexposed is, without a doubt, one of those albums that are able to strive on repeat, gaining more and more likable points with each session. The record surprised me on this front. For Maroon 5 fans and all music fans, really, this is a must download. You’ll get lost in the unforgettable lyrical themes and compelling melodies. Though not my favorite Maroon 5 album (Nothing really comes close to Songs About Jane), I found that if I wanted to simply get away or hide for a while in my music, I could easily do that with this record.
Album Rating: A-
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Have you listened to Overexposed? What did you think of the album? What was your favorite track? What’s your favorite Maroon 5 song? Favorite album? Tell me in the comments!