Maroon 5

By Shelby Moyes

Overexposed, just an album name’

Maroon 5’s latest album, Overexposed, has been the focus of media critics everywhere. Despite the track ‘payphone’ reaching number 3 on the Billboard top 100, the album has been slated for being mediocre and Mesfin Fekadu of the Huffington Post said Overexposed, ‘Has some highlights, but it’s mainly boring and safe.’

It is evident that Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine has made a name for himself beyond band success. His position as a judge, next to the likes of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green in the reality TV program, The Voice, has thrust him into the spotlight and critics highlight that even within the band, Levine overshadows his co-workers (the rest of the band). Entertainment Weekly, which graded the album a C+, said ‘Maroon 5 barely sounds like a band at all.’ Some critics have become distraught after hearing the latest album and Allison Stewart of the Washington Post went as far as to say ‘Overexposed is a hit-seeking missile that doesn’t just slaughter Maroon 5’s reputation for sincerity, it festoons its corpse with glitter, hairspray and Hello Kitty Stickers.’

Maroon 5 have clearly altered their musical sound since their first single ‘Harder to breath’ which debuted over a decade ago and the new direction is definitely that of pop as opposed to their slower, sadder collaboration of music back in 2002. As Billboard’s Chris Payne writes: ‘Maroon 5 are barely the same band that first hit the radio waves with their debut single ‘Harder to Breathe’ a decade ago. The alternative-rock licks are a far cry from the direction the band has taken since hitting pop’s big leagues.’ The Overexposed album features artists such as Christina Aguilera and Wiz Khalifa.

Payphone is a song collaborated with Wiz Khalifa and Levine’s tone shifts to heartbreak in this track. This ‘heartstring-puller’ has definite similarities to previous tracks namely ‘She Will Be Loved’ and ‘Never Gonna Leave This Bed’. Lucky Strike is the 4th song on their latest album and this one has been praised for similarities to the bands earlier, more band-based material. Maroon 5’s guitars finally come out to play in the opening bars of Lucky Strike.

Maroon 5 have definitely attracted media attention with Overexposed and their new musical direction has clearly been noticed. Can we really criticize their latest work or is it not in fact an example of their diversity and range’ Maroon 5 have become a household name and a range of people can enjoy their music.

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