Maroon 5
Songs About Jane


4.5
superb

Review

by captain chris USER (2 Reviews)
June 1st, 2005 | 14 replies | 4,779 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Maroon 5 are a Pop-Rock band from Los Angeles, California. They first came on to the music scene back in 1994 and were a four piece band called "Kara's Flowers" Adam Levine (vocals/guitar) Jesse Carmichael (keyboards) Mickey Madden (bass) Ryan Dusick (drums) were part of this band, as long term friends from junior high. They released an album called "The Forth World" with "Reprise Records" the album didnt sell well so they split ways with "Reprise Records". James Valentine later joined the band to be the lead guitarist the band then called themselves Maroon 5. The band went to the New York based record company "Octone Records" It was there in New York were Adam got his Hip-Hop Influences, and the different sound to maroon 5. In June 2002 they released their debut album "Songs About Jane" which now 3 years late I am reviewing.

Songs About Jane:

1. Harder to Breathe - 2:53
2. This Love - 3:26
3. Shiver - 2:59
4. She Will Be Loved - 4:17
5. Tangled - 3:18
6. The Sun - 4:11
7. Must Get Out - 3:59
8. Sunday Morning - 4:06
9. Secret - 4:55
10. Through With You - 3:01
11. Not Coming Home (Live) - 4:21
12. Sweetest Goodbye - 4:30


Maroon 5's debut album songs about Jane is a nice mix of Rock/Pop and Funk which is a welcome change to the huge rise of Punk-Pop and Emo bands out at the moment. The album starts off with the albums first single "Harder to Breathe" this was a good way to start the album, which jumps straight into a drum beat and catchy guitar riff, which u will be hearing a lot of in this album. You can hear the hip hop influences in this album but not like a rap in a middle of a song it is closer to the kind of thing you would hear from the “Red Hot Chili Peppers". A rock band with a catchy melodies and funky guitar riffs.

As the album continues you do find that the title of the album is not misleading all 12 are songs about Jane 12 love songs about the ups and downs of a relationship. But this is not a whiney, or complaining album it is telling it how it should be told. With singles like "This Love",
"She Will Be Loved" and "Sunday Morning" you do see the versatility of this band and the songs they create. The album starts of with nearly all the first three singles rite next to each other, which you normally wouldn’t see on an album. But Maroon 5 pulls it off, all of the songs on this album from the Fast and Funky sound of "shiver", to the slow and more mellow sound of "secret". You can see that any of the tracks on this album could have been a single and would have done well.

The Lyrics on this album are very well done, and they go together with the funky guitar riffs to make a very interesting mix that u wouldn’t normally think would go together. This is a very catchy album, which some people may find off putting, but it is catchy in a good sense. You will not mind if you start singing songs from this album out of the blue cause they are very good songs, which you can relate to. This album will be able to lift you up when your feeling down with its upbeat songs like, "Sunday Morning", "Must Get Out" and "The Sun". And you can mellow out with songs like "Secret" and "sweetest Goodbye". And yes, you can even jump up and down with songs like "This Love" and "Tangled"

This album will have something for anyone that wants to hear it. With it's catchy lyrics, stand out vocals and funky guitar riffs this album is a must buy for the people that like to hear something in the morning to wake them up or something in the evening to mellow them out. This album is an album for all situations, showing its versatility. I would recommend this album to people who like the new "Red Hot Chili Peppers" album "By The Way" or just want to see what this band is about. I am sure you would not be disappointed.

4.5/5

(Sozy about the review I am tired and I had to do it twice)


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Dragon_Prince
June 1st 2005



272 Comments


I agree, they make good music and are a good band, only bad thing is that many people don't like them cause theya re so popular and everyone else likes them ...

But they make good music and good review I hope you will do it track by track sometime

captain chris
June 1st 2005



73 Comments


I shall just not today it took me an hour and half and then got wiped!!! grrr!! but i will do it tomoz.

spanxy

smooches xxx

art_red_rob
June 1st 2005



1 Comments


hey chris good review man.

I have a small problem with the information at the start though. When they were Kara's Flowers there were four of them (without James) they sold very little copies of there debut album so they got dropped by their label, after that they moved and joined up with James and peddled their wears until they got signed as Maroon 5.

Anyone who has looked on any of the Amazon sites could tell you that, so could you change it please.

captain chris
June 1st 2005



73 Comments


Spanx, the infomation has now been changed.

smooches xxx

Damrod
Moderator
June 1st 2005



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is nice album, that can hold some fun listening to it. If one is willing to give this album a chance and see beyond the pop-hyped image of the band that is.

I personally would rate the album 3.5/5

morrissey
Moderator
June 1st 2005



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.

I disagree with the rating, as much as I like this album and the singles, it is far from a 4.5. A very well-made pop album though, these guys know what they're doing. I can't wait to hear new material.

3.5/5 from me as well.

Society Sellout
June 1st 2005



292 Comments


I had a bunch of preconseved conclusions about this band because they were so mainstream but after listening to the singles I actually really like their music for some strange reason. I haven't listend to the whole cd but I might barrow it from someone and give it a spin.This Message Edited On 06.01.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 16th 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this album.

Meteora3255
July 21st 2005



194 Comments


I enjoyed listening to this band then I heard the horrible cover of Highway to Hell and I wanted to kill the vocalist. It was painful to listen to him sing Bon Scott's most well known song.

vicy77
November 17th 2005



164 Comments


one...just one song is good on this. sorry, not good...decent. She will be loved. Thats it. I'm disappointed in the band and all of u.
If you want reasons, i just think they are way too into the whole pop culture scene and i hate that. I tried listening to them for their music, but it seems like it tries too hard. But thx for letting me voice my opinion

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really, really enjoy this album. The vocals may be a little over produced for my tastes, but they do come off sounding great, so I cant take much away from the album.

miketunneyiscool123
July 17th 2014



399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Not Coming Home" is one of the coolest songs they ever wrote.

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