Oct 22, 201409:58 AMReviews
Maroon 5 V
On September 2, Maroon 5 released V, their aptly titled fifth album on Interscope Records. The album opens with “Maps,” the lead single. “Maps” starts the album in an appropriately – it gives you everything you would expect from a Maroon 5 song with no surprises. “Maps,” along with the subsequent ten tracks, follow the formula Maroon 5 have come to rely on: catchy pop beats + love centric lyrics + passionate delivery= hit.
My least favorite song is “It Was Always You,” an airy pop song with synthesizers. I’ve given this song more listens than any other track on the album, just to make sure that I’m not missing anything. But my immediate reaction only solidifies with each listen. The synthy-pop music feels superficial and leaves me waiting for the beat to drop the whole time. The drums builds towards the chorus and it seemed like it was going to go somewhere deeper, but it just went back up into the air with light synthesizers. Before I knew it, the song was over, and I was left feeling unsatisfied. The beat drop that is so popular in music today never came. Had there been a down beat to the song, I probably would have liked “It Was Always You” more.
My dissatisfaction was soon rectified with “Unkiss Me.” I was immediately drawn to the simplicity in the verses, the main instrumental a sporadic piano note over rhythmic drums and synthesizer. The music blends well with and compliments Levine’s voice. The lyrics follows the pattern of revolving around love. For “Unkiss Me,” as you might have guessed from the title, the lyrics tell a story of deciding to say goodbye to a love.
I didn’t mind listening to V. However, picking a favorite track from V is challenging, and not for reasons that would make label CEOs celebrate. The songs are far from amazing and mind-blowing. They are all mediocre at best. It’s clear that the band has no intention of shaking up their successful Maroon 5 formula any time soon. But that begs the question, how long with people keep listening if the band never evolves? I, for one, would like to see a little more growth and experimentation from the band, and not the same album released over and over again.