Overexposed is an interesting title for Maroon 5’s latest release – possibly a cheeky nod to the eight million sales of single Moves Like Jagger, plus leader Adam Levine's stint as a judge on the US edition of The Voice. It’s fair to say the public have seen rather a lot of this band lately.
Moves Like Jagger marked the first time Maroon 5 worked with an outside writer and multiple producers and it has clearly resulted in a winning formula with the hip-swinging single being their biggest to date. Obviously, realising they were on to something, Maroon 5 enlisted Max Martin as executive producer as well as the magic of Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder for their latest offering.
Their last album, Hands All Over, might have been somewhat lacklustre but this latest offering should see them return to the same acclaim that Songs About Jane and It Won’t Be Soon Before Long gave them.
Yes, they sound much more produced and polished then perhaps they did in their earlier work, which might not win favour with everyone, but kudos to them for trying something different and opening-up to work with other writers and producers.
The fundamental Maroon 5 sound still rings through on each song, Adam Levine’s clear and tuneful vocals backed up by four very talented musicians, guitarists Michael Madden and James Valentine, keyboardist PJ Morton, and drummer Matt Flynn
Their fourth studio album lives up to Levine’s declaration of it being a diverse piece of work as it is filled with anthemic melodies, catchy pop tunes and some slinky ballads, with hints of reggae and electric synths smattered throughout, as well as the usual Maroon 5 licks and rifts.
The first two tracks One More Night and Payphone have already been released as singles and the following four, Daylight, Lucky Strike, The Man Who Never Lied, Love Somebody, could easily follow suit. Each is infectious in its music, toe-tapping in its beats and, after just a couple of plays, you are sure to be singing along.
LadyKiller, Sad, Wasted Years and Beautiful Goodbye are reminiscent of old-skool Maroon 5 with Sad being the standout track of this group. It’s one of the few vulnerable moments on the album that really highlights the soulful tone Levine has to his voice at times.
Fortune Teller, Tickets, Doin’ Dirt have undertones of electronic dance tracks, with the later two having lots of potential to be club smashes. The now infamous Moves Like Jagger rounds off the track listing.
While Overexposed sees Maroon 5 take a slight side-step away from their usual sound, it’s a side-step that works. This album is fun, fresh and makes for the perfect summer soundtrack.