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Oh Maroon 5, we need your loving and we need it now!
Pop-rock band Maroon 5 recently dropped their suitably-titled fifth studio album V. Packed with 11 tracks, 1 of which features Gwen Stefani, the album is 40 minutes of pure richness. The band deviates in a different direction with this album as compared to their previous works.
Unlike Maroon 5’s past four albums, V is almost completely an electronic affair that captivates frontman Adam Levine’s soulful vocals with backing of the band.
Opening with “Maps”, the track starts off with simple guitar licks before venturing into rockier territory.
“Maps” features a folk-like production making it a breath of fresh air – a brilliant opening for the album, really! Following up on the energy from “Maps”, the album’s second track, “Animals” features punching bass line thumps that blends smoothly with Levine’s strong and sharp vocals. As he crudely sings, “Don’t deny the animal that comes alive when I’m inside you,” the track is produced by Shellback and is so slick that it gives “Maps” a run for its money.
Also, we must say, we can’t imagine anyone wanting to escape from Levine’s claws. We know we wouldn’t want to 😉
The album then takes a less rockier path with “Sugar”.
A definite favourite of ours, “Sugar” features feathery synths with slick Prince-like bass while Levine puts his sensual falsetto to use. The album closes with “My Heart is Open” featuring No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani. Written by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, one of the most commercially successful producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, and Levine, the piano-driven track features both Stefani and Levine pouring their hearts into the vulnerability of the song, making it remarkably beautiful.
Highly addictive, V makes for the kind of album that you can never get sick of!
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Maroon 5’s V is now available at a music store near you while the deluxe edition of the album is available exclusively at Rock Corner outlets — The Curve, 1 Utama, The Gardens, Mid Valley, Subang Parade, Suria KLCC and Bangsar Village. Alternatively, you can also buy the deluxe album off iTunes.