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  • Summary: It has been five years, but Maroon 5 finally return with a follow-up to their huge-selling 2002 debut 'Songs About Jane.' The producers include Mike Elizondo, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Eric Valentine.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Maroon 5 are the new Police, the new U2: a wildly exciting rock band who understand how to make great pop music that works everywhere from the bedroom and the iPod to the radio and the stadium.
  2. If some of the ballads aren't as distinguished as the livelier tracks, they nevertheless are as sharply crafted as the rest, and the end result is that It Won't Be Soon Before Long is that rare self-stylized blockbuster album that sounds as big and satisfying as was intended.
  3. These are all songs that you would have trouble getting out of your head, and It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is the second coming and establishing factor of Maroon 5 as the pop band of the century thus far.
  4. The tunes... are uniformly strong, and the playing and production neatly manicured, if a bit dense in places. But the lyrics are spotty at best.
  5. 70
    The only misstep is frontman Adam Levine's raunchy lyrics. [Jun 2007, p.94]
  6. The slick, hyperproduced "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" is a set of 12 potential hits, all mashes of groove and guitar firepower. [26 May 2007]
  7. Listen to this record and you realise that by comparison, Robbie Williams does actually have some soul. And if that's not a damning indictment of one of the most execrable records you're likely to hear this decade, I don't know what is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 58
  2. Negative: 13 out of 58
  1. Jun 20, 2014
    I'll admit that I was a little disappointed in It Won't Be Soon Before Long when I first purchased it a few months back but it eventually grew on me and now I really like it. While it doesn't compare to Songs About Jane, it still provides you with the same kinda of catchy, tightly produced, lyrically clever songs that display the emotions captured with it. My best advice to you is to not compare IWBSBL to SAB because its a completely different direction almost so it stands on its own. Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    Another perfect example of pop melodies that have killer hooks and also good song-writing. Maroon 5 mix synth-rock with pop anthems and all of it sounds great. Adam Levine is a great singer and also writes really good lyrics. He sings of having sex and walking in on his girlfriend having sex with another man and him killing the man. He let's it all out in this album and it was a step in the right direction. All In All, It Won't Be Soon Before Long is a great album. B+ Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2012
    One of the best pop albums I think I've ever heard. I don't know how much that's saying, but whatever. Levine's vocals are fantastic, and the instrumentation is properly simple, rough, and right in your face... or... ears, I mean. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2010
    The musical talent the band showed in Songs About Jane is gone here. This album is generic mainstream pop, slightly catchy at best and plain annoying at its worst. Ehh. Expand

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