‘Overexposed’ will need radio help

July 12, 2012 Review Print Print

After the moderate success of their last album “Hands All Over,” Maroon 5 is back with their fourth studio album, “Overexposed.” The album, released June 26, features hit single “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa, and “One More Night.”

Many critics have had mixed feelings about the album. While the album stays true to M5’s pop roots, many feel it does not reflect the true personality of the band. Lead singer Adam Levine said in a recent interview the album is their “poppiest” and most diverse album they have recorded, but said the band enjoyed recording it and hope fans will enjoy it as well.

The album starts off with the previously mentioned upbeat singles and later segues into a mix of dance party songs such as “Lucky Strike” and “Tickets” followed by a vast amount of slow songs such as “Daylight” and “Beautiful Goodbye.”

Similar to previous M5 albums, “Overexposed” is no different in its theme of heartbreak in love. This is apparent in songs such as “Lady Killer” and “Sad” which reflect both heartache and anger.

While some critics may say the band is childish in this theme, Levine claims it is part of who the band is and what contributed to their success. “Heartbreak makes great songs,” Levine said at a recent performance on the “Today Show.”

While the album may not be a complete hit on the charts and is unlikely to bring in many new fans, those who have followed Maroon 5 since their first album “Songs About Jane” will not be disappointed.

And, while it may be difficult for the band to top last summer’s hit “Moves Like Jagger,” constant replay of singles from “Overexposed” will be enough to keep the band’s reputation afloat for now.

As long as Maroon 5 members continue being rejected by women and suffering relationship woes, they will have many more albums left to come.

Rating: B

—Erin Peden

Staff Writer

To contact Erin Peden, email onlineeditor@occc.edu.

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