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Maroon 5′s ‘V’: Album Review

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Maroon 5 are nothing if not consistent. Their 12-year tenure of releasing albums has been punctuated with hit after hit — a huge feat for any band that isn’t named “U2 in the ’90s.” In a world where almost everything is microwaveable, Maroon 5 manage to maintain a solid track record of success, and their 5th studio album, aptly titled V (out today, ), lives up to that formula of big songs while never faltering — for better or for worse.

Something happened to Maroon 5 in the five-year break between their debut album, 2002′s Songs About Jane, and 2007′s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. The group ditched the emo pining for love and attached themselves to the burgeoning electronic revival that would morph into the EDM movement. Their material upped in bpm, while the topics moved from whiny love songs to arrogant love songs, maintaining a healthy level of self-indulgence led by frontman-slash-TV favorite Adam Levine. Perhaps that was the change; Maroon 5′s tunes got “bigger” just as Adam Levine did. And since his fame is now astronomical, the tracks on V are equally big, bold and cinematic.

The album opens with the built-in monsters “Maps,” “Animals” and “It Was Always You” arriving all in a row. That would presumably be to the detriment of any other band’s album, but since M5 is in the business of hit-making, they have many more deliverables on the 11-track offering. The assumed next hit will be “Leaving California,” as Stargate, Benny Blanco and Passovoy (the latter two co-produced “Maps”) help craft a mellowly smooth song about how heading back East marks the proverbial end of a love affair. However, the track “My Heart Is Open” is a bigger contender, with the power circle of writer Sia, producer Darkchild and featured vocalist Gwen Stefani. It’s the slowest song on the album, but with the right push it will have the fastest success.

In theory, any number on V could be made into something — whether a chart-topping single or mechanical licensing darling on some CW show. From the mid-tempo lulls of “Unkiss Me” and “Sugar” to the rhythmic thumps of “In Your Pocket” and “New Love,” Maroon 5 continue their pop stride, adding fragments of new wave and traditional ’80s rock (evidenced by “Coming Back For You,” the aforementioned “New Love,” and “Feelings”). It’s like Chromeo, with the vocoder swapped out for Adam Levine’s Prince-pitched coos and pleasantly random F-bombs.

Following past hits like “Moves Like Jagger” and “Payphone,” it was clear that there was no turning back for Maroon 5 —  pop was their permanent trajectory. From that point on, it was go big or go home, and V proves that there is no shortage of stamina for the band. If anything, they’re just getting started with wearing their still-new superstar band title. For those that love a good B-side, though, this is not the album for you. Each song is carefully designed for radio, not an obscure Spotify playlist. Once the band gets used to/annoyed by the glitz and glamour, perhaps they’ll find their way back to a bonfire with bongos and an acoustic guitar. Until then, Maroon 5 is plugged in while the whole world stays tuned in.

Best Song That Wasn’t the Single: “Sugar” has a saccharine-free approach to love, as Adam Levine brings that Prince-esque tone to the hook with sexy verses to match it.

Best Listened To: While drinking a Mexican Coke. No high fructose corn syrup around these parts.

Idolator Score: 4/5

Kathy Iandoli

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:: One Direction‘s Harry Styles showed his support for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted to the NFL, by wearing his St. Louis Rams jersey during an August 27 concert. Ironically, Sam was just cut from the team, but he may end up on its practice squad. [Twitter]

:: Will the forthcoming Queen album, Queen Forever, feature new songs by touring frontman Adam Lambert? Sirius XM reports this to be true, though it does so by citing a London Standard article that doesn’t say anything to that effect. Hmmm. [Facebook]

:: Kid Cudi fainted during his set at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival, right after he signed an autograph for a fan in the front row. He then took to Twitter to let fans know he’s okay: “If I scared anyone tonight I am so so sorry from the bottom of my heart.” [Rap-Up]

:: Simon Cowell showed support for Cheryl Cole‘s “Crazy Stupid Love” by spitting featured emcee’s Tinie Tempah‘s guest verse. Simon: Don’t quit your day job. [Capital FM]

:: ICYMI: Jimmy Kimmel Live recently had Ed Sheeran dress up as Little Orphan Annie. [YouTube]

Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump.

:: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) — John Legend
:: Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) — Wiz Khalifa
:: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) — Maroon 5
:: Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) — Lee Brice
:: The Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) — Lil Jon



 

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Calvin Harris, hitmaking dance producer, and John Newman, rising soul singer, have released yet another snippet of their collaboration “Blame” (available September 7).

While last month’s preview seemed to reveal the song’s intro, the new clip picks up right where that left off, with Newman’s distinctive vocals heard over a spare synth melody and chords kicking in to up the ante.

For Harris, “Blame” is the follow-up to his recent Top 10 hit “Summer,” while, the song arrives after Newman’s BRIT Awards-nominated hit “Love Me Again” and his collaborations with Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Not Giving In”).

The “Blame” video, directed by Emil Nava (Harris’ “Summer,” Jessie J‘s “Price Tag,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Lego House”) is set to premiere later this week (on September 4). For now, hear the third teaser of Harris’ and Newman’s “Blame” after the jump.

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