#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)


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#MellowMonday / #RemixMonday: Maroon 5 – ‘Animals (Gryffin Remix)’


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Welcome to the last week of January and our first ever #RemixMonday which doubles up as a #MellowMonday track, since it’s quite an easy-listening remix.

Maroon 5‘s ‘Animals’ was the second single taken from their most recent album, V and this remix is fantastic – it’s got the vocals sampled in an interesting way and it’s a house-style offering from Gryffin.

This one’s for you, remix lovers!

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#Two4Tunesday: Maroon 5 – ‘This Summer’s Gonna Hurt’ & Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up + Dance’

This week’s #Two4Tunesday features the new singles from the unstoppable Maroon 5 and indie-pop band Walk The Moon!


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Maroon 5 are one of those bands who seem to go from strength to strength (just like OneRepublic) and this new track, This Summer’s Gonna Hurt (or for it’s full name This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf****r), sees them take on a completely new vibe.

It still remains a pop-rock track, much like the band’s other songs, however this one has a clear crowd-pleaser chant to it and it isn’t as obviously catchy and pop-y as some of their other hits. It will undoubtedly be another hit for the band though, ahead of their re-release of 2014’s album, V.

Maroon 5 – ‘This Summer’ (Lyric Video) (Explicit)

**WARNING** – this video contains explicit lyrics.


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This next choice is by Ohio-based indie-pop act, Walk The Moon. Although the song Shut Up + Dance was released in the USA back in September 2014, the track is about to get a UK release in June.

The band claimed to take influences for this track from both 1970s and 1980s tracks, which would explain its nostalgic feel, and clearly 80s theme of the music video.

It was also produced by Tim Pagnotta, most famous for being the lead singer of US pop punk band, Sugarcult.

This band could well be set for big things in the UK with this fun-fuelled, dancey little number – keep an ear out for them!


Shut Up + Dance is due out on 7th June 2015 and is available to pre-order on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shut-up-and-dance/id915448845?i=915448860


Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up & Dance’


So that concludes this week’s #Two4Tunesday! Please leave a comment below with your two personal favourite tracks of the week, and also share the link to this post on your social media accounts. Thanks for the continual support!

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#FeelGoodFriday: Maroon 5 – ‘Sugar (Remix)’ featuring Nicki Minaj

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In my opinion, Maroon 5 seem to go from strength to strength – they started out as more of a soft rock band and have gradually adapted and morphed into a more pop rock outfit, however each new album has brought its own style and delights.

Their most recent album, V, is fantastic and one of my immediate, stand-out tracks, was Sugar.

This song has since been released as a single, with a fantastic video; the band drive around surprising couples by spontaneously performing at their wedding. They managed to perform the song at several weddings, all in one day!

I have actually chosen the remix of Sugar, featuring Nicki Minaj, as there are elements to the remix which I really like, for their individuality. I think it’s very upbeat and it’s definitely making me feel great today!

Does this song give you that Friday feeling? What feel-good songs are you listening to today? Please leave a comment below and share the link to this post.

Matt – Muzik Speaks