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Album Review: Maroon 5 – “Overexposed”

Maroon 5 serves up a medley of toe-tapping, and mesmerizing songs on their brand new album, Overexposed.

Instead of giving fans the same mundane sound that so many bands tend to do these days, Maroon 5 delivers a fresh and exciting sound with every album they release.  Overexposed is laced with insightful lyrics that will tug at your heartstrings, make you want to move your body and send you on a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotion.

The album features such hits as “Payphone” and “One More Night.”  Overexposed includes collaborations  with Benny Blanco and Shellback (“Moves Like Jagger”) and OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder.

Just as the song suggests, “One More Night” goes hard and kicks off the album with a bang.The song is about not being able to resist the person you love. Even though you promise yourself you’re only going to spend one more night with your beloved, the physical attraction is too strong to just let go. The lyrics for “One More Night” are relate-able and the uptempo reggae beat makes you want to move in your seat. The official music video for the song was released on June 25, 2012.

The album’s lead single “Payphone” debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and made its way to number two shortly thereafter. The song has been met with both praise and criticism for adding rapper Wiz Khalifa, but judging by the track’s chart performance, across the country, the positive outweighs the negative.

The Trance and Disco-like feel of “Doin’ Dirt” will make you want to dance from the moment you hear those chimes.  The band sings “So right now, I wanna leave with you right now…I wanna be with you all night, in the car let’s go.”  The lyrics are slightly provocative, but delivered in a subtle  tone by leaving things up to the listener’s imagination. Most albums tend to taper off towards the end, but with the appearance of “Doin’ Dirt” towards the end of the album, it leaves you yearning for more Maroon 5.

The ballad “Sad” showcases frontman Adam Levine‘s amazing range and vocal ability. The song was written by Levine and James Valentine. Levine’s raw emotion can be heard as he belts out the song over a beautiful piano selection. The song’s powerful lyrics of regret and being afraid to move forward are issues that almost anyone can relate to.
The album fittingly closes with “Beautiful Goodbye” and even though the song pertains to a completely different topic, it’s mellow and soft  tone is the perfect way to close-out the album.

It’s not often where you can find an album that’s playable from beginning to end. Overexposed is absolutely addictive! It’s the type of album you can listen to over and over again and never skip a single track.

Overexposed is an exceptional album. Maroon 5 took a gamble and infused their own unique sound with hints of Pop. The album is one of, if not, their best effort to-date. If you’re looking for a tasteful album that evokes emotion, then Overexposed is it. If you want an album with meaningful lyrics, then look no further. And finally if you want an album that mixes an array of genres in a way to produce its very own unique sound, then Overexposed is the next album that should be added to your music collection.  Some fans may be missing the Maroon 5 circa Songs About Jane, but with any great artist, the band has evolved with the changing times and it works!

Pick-up your copy of Overexposed at Amazon, iTunes or wherever music is sold. For more Maroon 5 updates and information, visit  Maroon5.com.

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Special thank you to A&M Octone, Adam Friedman, and Elissa of Total Assault.

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