#Review: Maroon 5 – ‘Red Pill Blues’


   

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Maroon 5 are one of the biggest bands on the planet and in my eyes they just go from strength to strength. Each album manages to change just enough to move with the current trends in music yet somehow they still manage to maintain their unique identify. This album is a far cry from their debut, Songs About Jane, but it’s still somehow classic Maroon 5.

Red Pill Blues (Deluxe)

The tone for Red Pill Blues is set by the opening track, ‘Best 4 U’, which has a very 80s feel to it with it’s synths and spacey atmosphere, yet somehow it’s still very current.

There’s no mistaking it, this album is less in-your-face about it’s pop nature than some of their previous releases but it’s an incredibly well-crafted record. It is filled with sensual tracks like ‘Lips On You’ (which for some reason really evokes vibes of Phil Collins for me), ‘Wait’, which has a sublime groove to it, married with Adam’s sensational falsetto vocals that just ascend with perfection and then there’s the 11-minute epic track, ‘Closure’, which sees the band break into an extended jam, to close the album. The rather understated, ‘Who I Am’ (featuring LunchMoney Lewis) has a somewhat similar feel to some of the tracks on the band’s debut album while ‘Girls Like You’ is a very catchy song with it’s gang vocals and intense use of acoustic guitar strumming. That’s without even mentioning the massive single, ‘What Lovers Do’, which is just epic!

Not like anything you’ve heard from them before – it’s a sensational, modern-pop record!

Then there’s the deluxe version of the album which contains bonus tracks such as singles ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ and ‘Cold‘ as well as the unreleased tracks ‘Denim Jacket’‘Visions’ and ‘Plastic Rose’ – if you’re a hardcore fan of the band, then you’re definitely going to want this version! ‘Denim Jacket’ has a gospel feel to it, ‘Visions’ is very reggae in its groove, whilst ‘Plastic Rose’ is very current with a deep house tone to it.

It has a very modern pop record and whilst on some tracks you forget they’re actually a full band, others make up for it with their funky bass sounds, soulful guitar licks or acoustic guitar rhythms. The use of different producers hasn’t detracted from it being an eclectic yet comprehensive record.

I would say that this album has a rather mellow and modest feel to it throughout but it’s still a sensational, modern-pop record! You should most definitely check it out – it’s not like anything you’ve heard from them before.

Rating
4


‘Red Pill Blues’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/red-pill-blues-deluxe/id1292455301


Red Pill Blues on Spotify

 ‘What Lovers Do’ featuring SZA (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of Maroon 5’s latest album! What are your thoughts of this latest release? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or talk to us about it via our social media.


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#Two4Tunesday: Maroon 5 – ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ featuring Kendrick Lamar & Little Mix – ‘Shout Out To My Ex’


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Maroon 5 – ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ featuring Kendrick Lamar

Maroon 5 have made a huge comeback with this fantastic new track, ‘Don’t Wanna Know’. The song is heavily influenced by current tropical house trends and features guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar.

The video is hilarious too as it features various people dressed in Pokemon-style outfits and sees people trying to catch them.

A great song, from a great band, with a great video!


‘Don’t Wanna Know’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-wanna-know-feat.-kendrick/id1163369446?i=1163369683



Little Mix – ‘Shout Out To My Ex’

Little Mix have also just released their first track from their new album, ‘Shout Out To My Ex’.

The group first performed their new song on X Factor with a brilliant reception! The song has possible underlying connections to Zayn Malik‘s relationship to Perrie? Either way, it’s a monstrous new song from the band!

No video has been released as of yet, but we’ll update you on this – for now, watch their awesome X Factor performance below.


‘Shout Out To My Ex’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shout-out-to-my-ex/id1163867793?i=1163867939


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