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V - Maroon 5

It’s been over a decade since Maroon 5 released their debut album Songs About Jane that shot the Adam Levine-led pop rock band to stardom and beyond.

Now after four albums in their kitty and exploring a range of styles and genres, the six–member band returns to its original radio-friendly pop soul soundscape. Leaving seemingly irremovable earworms with most of their hit numbers, Maroon 5’s passionate deliveries along with Levine’s hummingbird vocals show no sign of digress from their signature musical appeal.

Their fifth studio offering V continues to set the benchmark for fixed quality songs from the band that has consistently showed prowess in their masterfully architected production. After releasing songs such as ‘This Love’, ‘Makes Me Wonder’, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ and ‘Payphone’ that get you humming from their very mention, it is no surprise that Maroon 5 continues to live up to their sparkling soundmark in V.

Kicking off with ‘Maps’, the band leaves no room for pleasant entries and jumps right into their synth-pop, slick jingle-heavy tones in the roller-coaster lead single. The trademark toned-down intro that builds up with emotion till the catchy hook and Adam’s eclectic voice are all there. Wailing about a woman whom he loses, he adds a sugary infection to the reminiscent song as he “follows the map that leads to you”.

The breath of fresh air gives way to the ferocious standout of ‘Animals’ that stays in the head longer than you expect. Going from licking wounds to predator, Adam’s vocals and the mean howl near the end packs the most bite in this wild groove-heavy, punching bassline song. ‘It Was Always You’ crosses the line and deviates to a more electro/disco vibe that reminds you of ‘Moves Like Jagger’ as Adam sings confident of his feelings for his one true love. ‘Unkiss Me’ is a real gem in the crown that V wears. The mid-tempo slow lingering holds you like a melting candle keeps burning to the last flame and you will find yourself hitting rewind in this prospective chartbuster. Adam signs of an ex he can’t let go as he sings “unkiss me, untouch me, untake this heart” in this honest ballad.

The sweet syrupy ‘Sugar’ follows and is captivating like any typical Maroon 5 hit as Adam sings to his sweetheart. ‘Leaving California’ hits home like an anthemic sequel to their signature sounds. ‘In Your Pocket’ is an anxiety-tense track with Adam being sly on turning tables on his cheating girl. ‘New Love’ is a synth galore in a compilation that brings the band out in its truest dance-pop form with its catchy fun sound. Going full circle, Maroon 5 revisits some of their vintage classic signatures in ‘Coming Back For You’ in anthemic ecstasy. The dance vibes continue to soar in ‘Feelings’ with generous portions of Adam’s gratuitous, yet infectious, exaggerated high-pitched vocals. Album closer ‘My Heart Is Open’ has Gwen Stefani filling the guest artiste spot in this piano-ricocheting finale. The ballad is a subtle touch to an emotional-driven album that choruses only about falling in and falling out of love. The gliding duet is a rich choral offering of magical vocal mix as the pair blend masterfully to a notoriously complex album. A must-have for Maroon 5 fans and new followers, V promises surprises, highs and lows in a perfectly packaged record.


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