Hands All Over - Maroon 5

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Some of the cuts may not sink their hooks in immediately, but track for track Hands All Over is Maroon 5's best album, capturing their character and craft in a cool, sleek package.
  2. Hands All Over reveals less about who frontman Adam Levine is than did Maroon 5's previous records; too often the songs cleave to opaque generalities.
  3. The rude guitar sleaze of Hands All Over, or the cocky glam-stomp in Stutter's verses show a band who are really at their best when they play pop music like the sleazy rockers they clearly are. In Adam Levine's mind, at least.
  4. 60
    A solid if formulaic record. [Nov 2010, p.94]
  5. Levine and crew could be blue-eyed-soul godheads, the 21st-century Hall and Oates. But they need to loosen up first.
  6. It's an accomplished record for singer Adam Levine and his faceless group, even if the whole affair sometimes sounds clinical in its approach.
  7. Really this is lead singer Adam Levine's show. Thus, the band's success lives and dies with his delivery. That delivery remains technically sound, though as a whole, the band underwhelms here.
  8. Hands, competent and studio-sleek as it is, too often begs for a fresher muse.
  9. It's hard to imagine how Hands All Over could have been any more underwhelming. In truth the only exceptional thing about it is just how average it is.
  10. Hands All Over won't fulfill Levine's ambition to redefine Maroon 5's identity: If anything, it only steers the band further from the potential suggested by their 2002 debut, Songs About Jane.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    Pretty decent album with a few good songs: "Misery", "Shutter", "Give a Little More", and "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" are just a few of the good ones. The hooks are somewhat decent, production is decent, and the sound is catchy but I feel overall, its missing the kind of creativity that Maroon 5 had when they made "SaJ" and IWBSNL." Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2013
    So many good songs, not all can be released as a single. This album has songs that come into your soul.
    "Moves Like Jagger" is on top of the
    world.... Full Review »
  3. Jun 6, 2013
    I hate this album. I hate Maroon 5. I like 1 Maroon 5 song and that's because I heard it when I was 7. Now that I'm 16, I'm much smarter. maroon 5 is the epitome of bad pop music. They try to be a rock band and they're more of a mediocre band you hire for a wedding. Full Review »