If you are a big big fan of the band Maroon 5, you surely noticed by now that front man Adam Levine and the gang has been evolving musically. I mean, if you listen to their debut album Songs About Jane and their debut single Harder To Breathe decades ago, then you switch up to Payphone all of a sudden, the two songs would sound like night and day. I am not complaining at all because change is good. Maroon 5 said in an interview that ‘Overexposed” is their most pop-friendly album to date. Let’s see if they are pop enough to please their die hard fans and as well as to gather new ones.
- One More Night – This is the band’s second official single. Upbeat Pop-rock beats with hints of Reggae music just blasted from my speakers. It’s surprisingly catchy and decent. (Not a fan of reggae.)
- Payphone Feat. Wiz Khalifa – When they performed this song on The Voice I got addicted to it instantly. This is one of those songs that when you hear it, you will listen to it over and over again, and even after a year or two, it will still hit you. Adam Levine’s voice is undeniably authentic.
- Daylight – This song definitely brings back the erstwhile and authentic Maroon 5 sound that we fell in love years ago. Daylight brings back Maroon 5 to their wheelhouse, that’s for sure. I LOVE THIS SONG.
- Lucky Strike – When I heard the guitar strings hitting a few seconds in, I knew that this is a rock song. Damn I was wrong! The beat sounded more Adam Lambert than Adam Levine. Just saying. It’s full of energy though.
- The Man Who Never Lied – not picking from The Script song, this track just carried on the energy from the preceding song. I love the chorus.
- Love Somebody – I think this is their most pop-sounding song of the album. I really like this song. Sounded like Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger mixed with Kris Allen’s Vision Of Love.
- Ladykiller – Nope, this is not one of those Cee-Lo Green records. Channeling their Foster The People vibe, Maroon 5 nails this dark and fervent song about a femme fatale. This song is smokin’.
- Fortune Teller – Unfortunately the whole song has a mouthful of clichés and predictable hooks and lyrics. It did not work one bit.
- Sad – Would you ever think that Maroon 5 would create a power ballad? This song is full-on piano with Adam Levine serenading the listeners. This song is fantastic.
- Tickets – I’m sensing an upcoming single with this one. The techno-pop vibe sounds very engaging to the ears.
- Doin’ Dirt – And the energy just keeps on going and going! Loaded with discotheque beats syncopating from beginning to end. This track is jam-packed of pleasure.
- Beautiful Goodbye – The bands current smash hit. The best way to end a Maroon 5 album is to bring the band back to their roots – a pop-rock that is so powerful and bittersweet. This is genuinely a Maroon 5 track.
Side Note: The Deluxe Edition features additional tracks including their collaboration with Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger.
Final Thoughts: I do not know how would the fans (especially the fans of the band since the earlier days) react to this completely newfangled effort. But one thing is for sure, Maroon 5 is still one of the most highly successful bands to date. Again, change is always good.
Song to be put on your Playlist: Payphone, Beautiful Goodbye, Daylight, Ladykiller, Sad
Grab this album if you like: Ryan Tedder, Foster The People, Train
4 out of 5