Artist: Maroon 5
Genre: Rock(Universal Music)
Reviewer: KENNETH CHAW
LEAD vocalist Adam Levine once told the Daily Mail that he canít imagine being a part of Maroon 5 all the way into his 40s and 50s and would one day decide to disband. From the looks of their latest album Overexposed, it seems that day is drawing near.
The boys have been making music for exactly a decade now. Their first album Songs About Jane hit shelves in June 2002. From then on, Maroon 5 has been relentless in churning out international chart-toppers like This Love, She Will Be Loved, Makes Me Wonder and Misery. The bandís unique alternative pop/rock-style coupled with Levineís sexy, high-pitched vocals was a hit among listeners.
In many ways, it still is, but one canít help but get the feeling that the 10-year-old band has grown tired of making music in this fourth release. Two of the albumís best pop ammo, One More Night and Payphone, are launched right at the beginning, giving it the impression that there is a promising album still ahead.
Sadly, from here on, the party is over. Despite a line-up of head-nodding tunes like Lucky Strike and Ladykiller, these beats, without its usual roll-off-your-tongue hooks, seem to thump pointlessly into the night. The album also employs a generous use of synthesisers and sound effects, especially in Love Somebody, which drowns out a lot of Levineís vocals. The only track where listeners still get to hear his sweet singing is in the heart-rending piano ballad Sad.
Ironically, it looks like Overexposed may not get much exposure to listeners after all.