Maroon 5: “Overexposed” and Underwhelming

My formal review of Maroon 5’s new album reads something like this-

Maroon 5’s debut of “Overexposed”, their fourth and latest studio album, has met with mediocre reviews at best. A departure from their usual alternative rock sounds, “Overexposed” has explored more mainstream pop culture tones. With hits such as last year’s “Payphone” and “Moves Like Jagger”, expectations for the full length album were set high. Critics were quick to point out however, that many of the tracks seem to lack the same musical and lyrical depth that the public has come to expect from the group. Compared to the hugely popular “Songs About Jane” album (released in 2002), “Overexposed” has been called “desperate,” “disappointing”, and described as little more than a futile attempt at pop hits, only earning a score of 51 out of 100 on Metacritic.com. A notable exception seems to be the track “One More Night”, which has slowly been growing in popularity after the recent release of the music video.

My informal review, however, is more like this-

The cd is awful. Plain and simple. Being one of my absolute favorite groups, I was more than a little bit excited when I heard that they had a new album being released. Their most successful album to date, “Songs About Jane”, was emotional and moving and open. The lyrics tell stories that you can’t help but get invested in as you listen to them unfold, verse after verse. The cd was a true showcase of the group’s talents as musicians. After listening to “Overexposed”, though, I was left disappointed and a little confused, to be honest. The tracks seemed cheap, lazy, and unimpressive. Nowhere on the album is any indication of the quality and talent that was so clearly shown on “Songs About Jane”. Perhaps the biggest letdown (for me personally) was the content of the songs themselves. On many of the tracks, the lyrics are nothing more than a continual loop of one or two lines that anyone with a gradeschool rhyming dictionary can put together. (Baby you got me doing dirt, doing dirt, doing dirt /And now I wanna find you but you’re off the run My heart’s exploding like a burning sun/ I know you like it when it hurts, when it hurts, when it hurts/ – “Doin’ Dirt”). The only tracks that show even a glimmer of the Maroon 5 I know and love are “Sad”, and “Wipe Your Eyes”, though even those are still a stretch. You’re better than this, Maroon 5. Better luck next time.

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