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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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Makes Me Wonder
I wake up with blood-shot eyes Struggled to memorize The way it felt between your thighs Pleasure that made you cry Feels so good to be bad Not... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. Spin
    70
    The only misstep is frontman Adam Levine's raunchy lyrics. [Jun 2007, p.94]
  5. The only surprising thing about It Won't Be Soon Before Long is its complete avoidance of sophomore slump.
  6. 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.
  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: 40 out of 64
  2. Negative: 13 out of 64
  1. HaseebM
    May 22, 2007
    10
    The band took a huge risk changing their sound. They were successful with creating a beautifully crafted album. Every track flows together. 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. EdgarL
    Jun 8, 2007
    10
    New sound, just as good as the first. abit mroe edgy too
  3. Oct 15, 2020
    10
    Incredible album, not as good as Hands All Over and Songs About Jane, but it still deserves a 10. I really wish they will come back to thisIncredible album, not as good as Hands All Over and Songs About Jane, but it still deserves a 10. I really wish they will come back to this kind of music, I'm not a fan of their current stuff. My favourites are Won't go home without you, Wake up call and Back at your door (If I never see your face again with Rihanna is incredible too though). Expand
  4. Giancarlo
    Jun 3, 2007
    8
    Love the album, but most of the songs sound similar!
  5. May 9, 2016
    6
    There are no real standout tracks, just some pretty good ones. Overproduced at times, and Adam levine just sounds so whiny at times. Lost theThere are no real standout tracks, just some pretty good ones. Overproduced at times, and Adam levine just sounds so whiny at times. Lost the funk and soul for more pop rock, which means they don't even get points for style/personality, Expand
  6. KrisN
    May 23, 2007
    5
    Something conspicuously missing from all of these reviews is the question, "What happened to the hooks?" The sound is there, the excitement Something conspicuously missing from all of these reviews is the question, "What happened to the hooks?" The sound is there, the excitement is there, but I dare anone to walk away from this album humming the tunes. I've spun this album a few times now and there's not a single hook that sticks in my head, nothing on par with almost cloyingly catchy melodies like "She Will Be Loved" or "Shiver." Perhaps Levine and co. have been too busy living the surreal life to remember what pop songwriting is really all about, and that's crafting tunes that absolutely refuse to pry themselves out of your subconscious. Because of this, I don't see these tracks getting the same kind of inescapable airtime as the tracks off "Songs About Jane." Expand
  7. TerryH
    May 22, 2007
    0
    Awful

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