Sep 8, 2014Sometimes, 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.
Sep 2, 2014Awesome 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
Sep 10, 2014I 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
Sep 2, 2014I am surprised at how much I like this album. It's not just good, it's really good. The duet with Gwen written by Sia is stunning. VeryI am surprised at how much I like this album. It's not just good, it's really good. The duet with Gwen written by Sia is stunning. Very impressed with this release!… Expand
Sep 4, 2014It 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!… Expand
Sep 24, 2014I'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
Sep 2, 2014V—which makes a 'vague' indication that this Adam Levine, erm, Maroon 5's fifth studio album—has hooks and it has repetition of said hooks,V—which makes a 'vague' indication that this Adam Levine, erm, Maroon 5's fifth studio album—has hooks and it has repetition of said hooks, that's not polished production, in my opinion. Even more so than their previous 2012 album Overexposure, which Levine has said was their "poppiest record to date", Max Martin, Shellback, Levine, and the dozens of other writers—rarely the band members themselves—make no attempt at creating a memorable hit-single. The second single, "Animals", is ridiculously catchy. That's it though. It's as if it was only tailored for that Kia Soul commercial and nothing more. It's not a memorable pop moment, it's a satisfying one. There's a difference.
As executive producer, Max Martin must've exerted more energy into making number-one hits for Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Taylor Swift. Because with V, it literally sounds like Levine and Martin just said, "Eh, we'll settle on a good radio song or 2. We're just satisfying our record label, anyway," which makes V lazy even by the laziest of standards. And what's with the excessive Auto-Tune? Levine has a hit-or-miss vocal range, sure, but I haven't heard of him sending any live audiences to the ear doctor. And don't say it's for "artistic reasons", the production doesn't even call for it.
To sum it all up, if you were expecting Adam Levine & the Scene (I'm sorry, I had to) to return to their glory days of actually sounding like a band intent on crafting pop gold like they did on Songs About Jane, Levine and his pick-up lines aren't even remotely interested in flirting with those expectations.… Expand
Jun 11, 2015Horrible ! This is like listening to radio song after song. Every single track is a mainstream effort. Plastic, Unreal, Surface works and aHorrible ! This is like listening to radio song after song. Every single track is a mainstream effort. Plastic, Unreal, Surface works and a **** pop disaster. the band has always tried to spawn hits so the result is any album is a massive overproduction, confusion and an electropop that cause headache. I agtee the record carrys good songs like Sugar or Animals but they are good to listen once. An album full of these hits is so bad. Lifting no artistry this an absolute ****… Expand
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