Maroon 5 made their musical debut with “Songs About Jane,” which could be described as having more of an alternative rock sound while “Overexposed,” the band’s new album, has crossed over to more of the pop territory. Many of the songs on this album are potential hit radio regulars, but the quality of the music has plummeted.
The album begins with the band’s second single, “One More Night.” A hint of reggae and an upbeat tempo makes this song a catchy tune that’ll have you singing along whether you like it or not. The second song off the album and their first official single off this album is “Payphone” which features Wiz Khalifa. This song has already gained widespread success and a definite highlight of the album, with its unique sound and lead singer Adam Levine’s iconic falsetto voice.
A lot of the songs, such as “Lucky Strike” and “The Man Who Never Lied,” seem to blend together and it becomes hard to differentiate one from the other. The simple lyrics and the extremely fast tempo are cringe-worthy and disappointing. The only song that has a true hint to Maroon 5’s former rock foundation, the better days of the band, is the last song on the album, “Beautiful Goodbye.” It’s a slowed down song about heartbreak that strikes a chord and brings forth emotions from the listener, a concept lost on most of the other songs.
The incredible cover art, that includes a lot of pink and creativity, can’t delude from the fact that Maroon 5 will disappoint many fans with “Overexposed.” It’s a decent pop album that will more than likely generate a couple of number one hits, but this album lacks the quality music their past albums were known for.
Maroon 5 has abandoned quality lyrics and now have gone for the cheesy lyrics that Pop lovers crave for. If you’re a fan of Pop, then you’ll love some of the mainstream-style songs on Maroon 5’s new album. However, if you’re a fan of Maroon 5’s alternative rock sound, then hold on to your old albums because that sound you fell in love with when you first heard “Harder To Breathe” is long gone.