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Maroon 5


Maroon 5 ­ Songs About Jane
Review by Matt Robinson

Maroon 5- To whom might that refer? On the surface, it seems to refer to the members of this poppy quintet (a la The Dave Clark Five, etc.). In listening to the record, however, another group of potential refer-ees emerge- namely the principle influences that permeate this album. For example, “Sunday Morning” is Jamiroquai end to end, “The Sun” includes New Bohemian guitar work, and “She Will Be Loved,” combines unnecessarily overproduced front vocals with Sting-y backgrounds. Even Stevie Wonder pops up here and there. So who could that fifth be? No matter- it’s all good. In fact, it’s often better than good! Taking catchiness to new heights, the mysteriously-monickered Maroon 5 take some of the best of their collective musical memories and bring them through to the even-more-modern age. Along the way, they leave a trail of hooky grooves and simply strong performances that should stand at least the abbreviated test of time that faces most Pop today.
So who is Jane?

- Matthew S. Robinson
c. 2004, M. S. Robinson, ARR


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