Thursday, May 31, 2007

Maroon5 makes ME wonder...

So...one or two summers ago, I loved loved loved Maroon 5's debut album Songs About Jane. Although the majority of what I listen to would be considered "Indie Music" -usually associating people with music snobbiness (if you will)....I am not very hard to please when it comes to music. I like to embrace every genre in the same way. If I hear a good Pop song, its a good pop song. If I hear a solid rap artist ryme, I'll probably take a liking. I say that only because nothing of what we listen to today is original, including "indie music" - a lot of it has been inspired by something already past. ( For example, Feist is our modern day Francoise Hardy, Block Party our modern day Police/The Clash) I've been known to put a great "indie" song right next to Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" on a mix or two....it really makes no difference to me. If it is solid in its structure and there is fluidity in speaking to the audience throught the use of a meaningful lyric...I'm a fan. I am not a fan, however, of poor writing. Examples of this would include artists like, Vanessa Carlton - "If I could fall into the sky/do you think time could pass me by?" or maybe 50 Cent - "I love you like a fat kid loves cake." or perhaps Shakira - "Lucky that my breasts are small and huble/so you don't confuse them with mountains.". Yes, these are real lyrics. I could go on and on...but I think you get the picture.

So anyway, Maroon 5 was one of my favorite pop bands playing music today. Their first single was different from anything else I'd heard in Pop Music. On top of that, the video for the song didn't focus on the hot hot hot lead vocalist...but on the music. Check it out:



These guys actually started out as a Rock & Roll band, playing small venues - all until the band's break to go to school. College exposed them to music they had never heard before- a lot of gospel music and most importantly Stevie Wonder. From then on, the band's style had changed from writing hard rock songs, to something a bit more R&B. From song to song, Songs About Jane was one of those summer CDs you just play over and over. But after their summer tour, all of a sudden, Maroon 5 was no where to be found. It wasn't until I popped in an old mix I had made that I thought to myself, "Hm...where the heck did those boys go?"


To my surprise and sheer excitement, 2 months later Maroon 5 started popping up here and there in the news again. Talks about a new single and a new album and reasons for their 2 year hiatus were making headlines in the music industry. I didn't care one bit. I just wanted to hear their new single!


I turn on the radio one day and hear the DJ say.."Alright Guys! I know some of you have been waiting for this! The NEW single from Maroon 5's new album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, (which makes no sence to me), here is "Makes Me Wonder" on 94.9 The Point!"

So, Here's The Video for the song...Take a listen and take a look:



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...Ok - On how many levels was that, just...all wrong?

The lyrics aren't as bad as I hoped them to be; I'd say somewhat mediocre, almost to the point where you can tell Levine had a tough time filling the measures and the way his melody sounded with words that rymed- but scratch the words if you CANT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE HECK HE'S SAYING - only because he's too busy trying to sound "bluesy" or whatever he's trying to make of the melody. He sounds more like that weird guy in the produce section of Farm Fresh that when you ask him where the lemons are, he answers in an unbelievably uninterperetable twang.
"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 worth the aftermath, after that / After that Try to get you back".
...Uh? Did you get any of that? Because I sure as hell didn't. The song really wouldn't be that bad had it not reminded me of "Get The Party Started" by Pink. The heavy distortion on the bass to make the song just poppy enough to not be considered anything but, the pink lights, the hot girls and their heavy petting of Levine's uncontrolable shaking hips, with scruffy looking, long haired Carmichael and Madden ( which I think was the stylists attempt to keep the bands, "rock credibility") on keys and bass lipping the words a long with their front man, not to mention his being in EVERY SINGLE SCENE, as if Levine was now the focal point of the band - UGH! What has happened? Did losing that drummer you used to have make you lose all of your credible musical ability?! And Levine, grow facial hair again...I liked the fact that you reminded me of Casey Jones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. I liked the fact that you didn't need hot women in too many of your videos. I liked the fact that you guys didn't wear skinny suits and that you didn't get hair cuts because you genuinely didn't like getting them. I liked the simplicity of songs like, "Sunday Morning" and "This Love". Destorted bass lines, will get you NOWHERE.


*Sigh*
I guess thats all for today ladies and gentlemen.
What is your opinion? Yay or Nay on the new Maroon 5?

Oh, and by the way...their new album hit #1 this week. Tisk Tisk America, Tisk Tisk.

Julia R.

2 comments:

thomas said...

Bloc Party is the modern day version of the Clash? HAHAHA! Surely you jest.

Allie, Dearest said...

I actually didn't know anything about Maroon 5 until this latest single (& video) and I'm totally not into the chicks with short skirts. I didn't even know where they were coming from as a band, and I STILL thought they should go back...