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Maroon 5: “V” Review!

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Maroon 5 have been radio sensations since their first record.  Now the band is debuting their fifth record “V”. Their lead single Maps became a played radio hit amongst all cities.  The beat and melody is so catchy you can’t help but hum along.

Animals showcases Adam’s high pitched vocal range, with a sultry, sexy vibe. It Was Always You is more of an electronic/dance/pop sound, a far cry from their “Songs About Jane” album. Unkiss Me is an anthem for anyone in a broken relationship, using R&B influences with a M5 twist.

When Sugar played, I immediately thought of roller-skating in a disco to this track.  Which I plan on doing as soon as I find a roller rink in the Chicago area. I am over the moon with Leaving California’s use of drums and the subtle hint of harmonies in the background.  In Your Pocket tells a story of a troubled angry romance. I feel like the story was happening in my mind listening to this song, the brutal honesty and play on words made for a great track.

New Love fuses hip hop, pop, dance, and R&B together, creating a head bob inducing melody. Coming Back For You has my favorite guitar riffs and progressions. My Heart Is Open featuring Gwen Stefani is quite possibly the perfect collaboration for the band. You’ll have to listen to the track for yourself to understand how incredible this piano filled duet is.

Overall the five men created an incredibly eclectic record showcasing all of their talents. I would give the album 4.5/5 stars.  I would have liked to see another collaboration and more songs. Definitely make sure to pick up “V” in stores September 2nd.

Jacklyn is the Editor In Chief of Stage Right Secrets. Jacklyn's photography and articles can also be found on The Recording Academy's GRAMMYPro, GRAMMYU, PopCrush, Taste of Country, among other outlets. Besides press Jacklyn is a "Jack of All Trades" working various jobs at local concerts and touring.