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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Los Angeles rock band features a guest appearance from Gwen Stefani.
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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: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. 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
  2. Jul 6, 2016
    10
    Awesome Pop album. Pretty Catchy tunes and Adam is an awesome singer.
    Not their best I will admit, but really awesome
    Highlights: This
    Awesome Pop album. Pretty Catchy tunes and Adam is an awesome singer.
    Not their best I will admit, but really awesome

    Highlights: This Summer, Maps, It Was Always You, Lost Stars
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  3. Sep 7, 2014
    9
    I find V to be a very underrated album as all the songs connected with me in one way or another in a relatively new and fresh way, especiallyI find V to be a very underrated album as all the songs connected with me in one way or another in a relatively new and fresh way, especially if you like Maroon 5 which I do. I think critics attempt to compare every Maroon 5 album with Songs About Jane and that simply can't be done when they've taken such a new direction. Yes, It's disappointing that the band has become so Adam Levine centred but the crisp and elevated level of the music can't be ignored. 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 2, 2014
    3
    This album is A Disappointment, and a Massive one at that. The Album is comparable to "Overexposed" Maroon 5's 4th Album, which offered veryThis album is A Disappointment, and a Massive one at that. The Album is comparable to "Overexposed" Maroon 5's 4th Album, which offered very little directions and the lyrics seemed shallow and played it safe rather than taking risks. "V" Maroon 5's 5th album basically repeats the characteristics of its predecessor, but does offer a few new directions. Nevertheless, It should be titled "Overexposed Part 2"

    Here's a list of Some Pros in the album:

    1.) THE ALBUM IS NOT AN ENTIRE BUST:
    While the producers and writers who worked on "Overexposed" Worked on "V" It may seem as if the Album would completely follow in the footsteps of "V"s predecessor. Most of it does, but some songs stand out. "Coming Back for you" would be the only thing close to the Old Maroon 5 sound, but that's about it and the Levine and Stefani duet "My Heart is Open" Is a perfectly balanced ballad that is sure to get you emotional.

    2.) BLEND OF A TOP 40 MAINSTREAM RADIO
    While Pop is on the ropes these days, Maroon 5 does have a tendency to create a pop song that can suit even the most hostile pop haters. While pop consists of Boops and bops, Maroon 5 can change the formula to Please fans of every pop sound or genre they're in.

    The Cons of the Album:

    1.) SHALLOW LYRICS:
    The lyrics sound like that they're above the "Safe Level" and more of a "Straight to the point" sound then rather have a "Deep, storytelling or situational" Meaning to/or behind the lyrics. "I like to think that we had it all / We drew a map to a better place / But on that road I took a fall / Oh baby why did you run away?" is not as impressive as "I was so high I did not recognize / The fire burning in her eyes / The chaos that controlled my mind / Whispered goodbye and she got on a plane / Never to return again / But always in my heart" "This Love" has more of a Darker, deep and situational feel to it while "Maps" has more of a straight love vibe to it, which consists of little to no effort.

    2.) TACKY PRODUCTION
    Most of the Tracks on "V' Have a Electronic pop to its sound, and not the good vibe as "It was Always You" "Sugar" sounds like a Katy Perry "Birthday" Ripoff, "Feelings" sounds like a cluttered mess and the hook sounds like something out of an 8-bit Nintendo game. Lastly, "S*X and candy" is slowed down into a creepy and slow song that will bore you to the point where you want to return the CD back to the store. The sound is completely maimed to a point where it's a tacky and over-danceable album.

    Summary: "V" Is inconsistent from top to bottom. While it sounds like a solid Pop album,the production renders it un-listeneable and makes you unsatisfied in the presence of its sound. Pass on the Album while you can.
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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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