Me: Maroon 5, back when they were good.
Friend: I don't know who they are, can I listen?
Me: Of course.
Friend: OMG they are awesome! What do they sound like now?
*Youtube, Moves like Jagger* Me: ...This...*Cry*
Friend: Oh god. Why.
Person 2: Yeah, Maroon 5 kick ass!
Adam Levine - vocals, rhythm guitar
Jesse Carmichael - keys
Mickey Madden - bass guitar
Matt Flynn - drums
James Valentine - lead guitar
As of 2011, they have 3 studio albums - Songs About Jane, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, and Hands All Over. All of their songs are fantastic, and all you have to do is listen to them if you don't believe me.
Maroon 5 is also AMAZING live!
B: Maroon 5, of course! I have all of the songs on shuffle
J: Isn't that what you did yesterday? Don't you ever get tired of their music?
Busted-esque is a compliment!
How Hollywood has ruined a generation!
Person 2: "Yes, good call."
Maroon 5 actually formed at the camp I used to go to (French Woods Festival) and released a phenomenal first album in Songs About Jane. It's hard to describe exactly how much that album means to me. It was one of my favorite CD's back when I was growing up, and I still love that album! It stands the test of time that well! The songs (with the exception of "Must Get Out" and "She Will Be Loved") were/are very well written both musically and lyrically. The sound on that album is basically like a mix of funk, alternative, and pop-rock. The result: one of the most unique albums of this generation.
However lately, they have been drifting further and further away from that classic sound I know and love to the point where I feel uncomfortable still referring to this band as "Maroon 5". Their songs have become really watered down and stripped from everything I liked about Songs About Jane. I've reached the conclusion that the band needs to break up so singer, Adam Levine can go solo and continue to go down this sell-out route himself. It's not like he NEEDS the name "Maroon 5" for recognition. For fuck's sake, he's the only guy anyone gives a shit about. And he's a judge on The Voice, so he's big enough of a celebrity on his own.
If you asked me what my favorite Maroon 5 song is, I would say "The Sun". The lyrics are wonderful, I like the tone, I like the beat, and I like whatever amp setting the guitar is played through. Unfortunately, we won't be hearing songs like that from them ever again unless they get their shit together. We'll just be stuck with songs like "Payphone" and "One More Night". Despite my feelings about what this band has done in recent years, nothing will affect my judgement of Songs About Jane, an album in consider to be a classic.
I miss early Maroon 5.