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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. HaseebM
    May 22, 2007
    The band took a huge risk changing their sound. They were successful with creating a beautifully crafted album. Every track flows together. Simply incredible! Expand
  2. sourjyod
    Jun 7, 2007
    it might be poppy ... but its brilliant nonetheless
  3. KarlE.
    Sep 14, 2007
    This is by far the best album I have heard in my entire life.
  4. MartinP
    May 24, 2007
    Sounds a little different, but it's still Maroon 5. Not as hot as "Songs About Jane" but this still leaves me begging for more.
  5. Jennifer
    Jul 7, 2007
    Now don't get me wrong.... I am a huge Maroon 5 fan and could not wait to hear this CD but it is nothing compared to Songs About Jane. I listen to that entire album. It was definitely a great CD. I do like "Makes Me Wonder", "Wake Up Call" and "Goodnight Goodnight". Passed those three tracks, nothing more caught my attention. I expected more from M5 and I am sure they will recover. The three songs I love and was worth my purchase but don't get this album expecting the same magic as the first. Expand
  6. KateB
    Jun 1, 2007
    I have to disagree with previous comments. I really liked the first album and this one is too different. Long wait for it too. This one is more poppy, and is it just me or has Adam's voice got thinner? It's catchy, but it's not Songs About Jane is it? Expand
  7. TerryH
    May 22, 2007

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