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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Los Angeles rock band features a guest appearance from Gwen Stefani.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sep 2, 2014
    86
    Levine's hummingbird vocals and passionate delivery are as earnest as they were on their 2002 debut Songs About Jane.
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    80
    It's hard to care about any shortcomings when the tunes are as masterfully crisp as they are on much of V.
  3. Sep 8, 2014
    70
    Sometimes, the group achieves a delicate balance between the two extremes--"It Was Always You," "New Love," and the aforementioned "Feelings"--but the best moments on V are when Maroon 5 embrace the tuneful, slightly soulful adult contemporary pop band they've always been.
  4. Sep 3, 2014
    50
    As far as lightweight, easy-listening charts pop goes, V doesn’t totally offend the sensibilities, and that’s surely more than can be said about some of Maroon 5’s overly pandering, less exploratory “pop-rock” peers.
  5. Sep 2, 2014
    40
    Too often the trend-chasing sounds both tiring and tiresome; that weariness persists through the syrupy album-closing duet with Levine’s future “Voice” costar Gwen Stefani.
  6. The hooks on the album are memorable mainly for the wrong reason; They’re so annoying, you won’t be able to scrub them from your mind.
  7. Nearly every song on this record is misogynistic in some regard, from the obvious predatory ramblings of “Animals” to the Robin Thicke-level douchebaggery of “Feelings.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    I love this album!No matter Maps/My Heart Is Open/Leaving California!But I also think they need more changes,like coldplay~wish bestI love this album!No matter Maps/My Heart Is Open/Leaving California!But I also think they need more changes,like coldplay~wish best seller!!!The voice in Lost Star is awesome! Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is an overall better album than overexposed. Unkiss me, New love, Sugar and My heart is Open are very good songs. In your pocket , s*x and candy are rather forgettable songs, but that is about it. Overall a very good album. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    10
    Awesome album. if you like Maroon 5 you will love this album. They always come out with some new and fresh. The critics say it is not catchingAwesome album. if you like Maroon 5 you will love this album. They always come out with some new and fresh. The critics say it is not catching tunes, then why do the songs get stuck in my head? Just like Hands All Over, the more I listen to the album the more I like it. I like the retro feel of the album and the honest lyrics. Maroon 5 is just awesome. Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2014
    6
    It may be a Grammy-worthy album, but Mr Levine chose to rely on the same collaborators (Shellback, Max Martin, Benny Blanco), leaving just oneIt may be a Grammy-worthy album, but Mr Levine chose to rely on the same collaborators (Shellback, Max Martin, Benny Blanco), leaving just one great track "Leaving California" to StarGate... Dr Luke, Ammo and Cirkut should have produced a track resembling "Better Than I know myself" instead of mashing-up "TGIF" and "Birthday" of Katy Perry.
    Many wanted names were absent: Ilya, The Dream, Billy Steinberg, a featuring with Rihanna (on a Max Martin produced track), Sia (with a ballad produced by Greg Kurstin or Chris Braide)...
    Mr Levine has good vocals, but he didn't use them at their full capacity!
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  5. Sep 24, 2014
    5
    I'll admit, Maroon 5 had me optimistic when they indicated that V was possibly going back to their "Songs About Jane" roots that made themI'll admit, Maroon 5 had me optimistic when they indicated that V was possibly going back to their "Songs About Jane" roots that made them famous. In a way, they did that and they still sorta sound like an actual band again with a fresh, new sound. While its certainly an improvement over "Overexposed," its not much of an improvement. Their lyrics are still shallow, Adam Levine still sounds like he's whining (with auto-tune this time!), production is still tacky, and it still sounds more like a album meant for the pop-driven music industry. Overall, its a slight improvement over "Overexposed" with good songs like "Maps," if you're one of the ones hoping for something even remotely similar to "Songs About Jane", "It Won't Be Soon Before Long", or even "Hands All Over" then you should probably not listen to "V" Expand
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    5
    Well, they never were something extraordinary. However, I did like their earlier work; back when they first appeared. I was hoping for more ofWell, they never were something extraordinary. However, I did like their earlier work; back when they first appeared. I was hoping for more of that in this album, more tracks like Sunday Morning (my favorite from them).

    Unfortunately, that's not the case here. The lyrics are shallow, and the music lacks emotion. It's not bad or terrible or anything like that, but it's a disappointment.
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  7. Sep 7, 2014
    1
    Among all of Maroon 5's discography, their latest album "V" is probably the worst thing they ever did. Although their last album,Among all of Maroon 5's discography, their latest album "V" is probably the worst thing they ever did. Although their last album, "Overexposed", wasn't them at their best either, but at least it was far off better than their fifth album with songs such as "Daylight" and "Beautiful Goodbye". Seems like the [great amazing] rock sound they showed on "Hands All Over" and "Songs about Jane" is gone. On this new album, all songs sound the same, all of them having a catchy pop tune and a chorus that'll get stuck in your head, but won't be remembered one month from now. This album is unfortunately very forgettable. Highlights include 'Sugar' and 'Unkiss Me' only. The rest of the songs are just fillers that will end up being played on the radio for a while then forgotten. Expand

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