Maroon 5
Hands All Over


3.0
good

Review

by Austin USER (41 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2010 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maroon 5 delivers another solid collection of songs about love, lust, and heartbreak.

Maroon 5 is a band that likely needs no introduction. Unless you’ve managed to avoid radio altogether for the last decade, you’ve probably heard This Love, Won’t Go Home Without You, or any of the other half-dozen hits from their last two albums at least once, if not dozens of times. They’ve managed to stand above most of their competition based on more than just catchiness, but in actual quality. Sure, each song they write is coated with hooks, hooks, and more hooks, but they’ve provided competent musicianship, quality songwriting, and in blending pop-rock with funk and R&B influences they’ve managed to create a fairly unique sound, especially for a mainstream pop artist.

Their newest effort, Hands All Over, simply continues where they left off. Opener and first single Misery should be more than pleasing to anyone who’s enjoyed a few tunes from the band in the past. The band play to their strengths, pump out a strong, catchy chorus with Adam Levine exclaiming his woes over a funky bassline, and it’s a fun, easily likeable track. Following that up is the bouncy Give a Little More, which should enjoy a similar level of success as a single as well.

Even though the opening one-two punch is really as good as it gets, there isn’t really a lot of bad material on Maroon 5’s third album. The problem is there isn’t a lot of material that can stand up to the highlights of the band’s back catalogue either. This isn’t really too harmful to the album, but it rarely lifts it out of being more than just a pleasant listening experience. There’s still plenty of fun to be had, though, with the mid-tempo swing of I Can’t Lie and the cliché but well-executed ballad Never Gonna Leave This Bed. Also, the album provides a very interesting moment with its title track, which gives off a clear 80’s rock influence, certainly the doing of producer Mutt Lange. Just look at the Bon Jovi-inspired chant of “Put your hands all over me”. It’s unlike anything the band has done before, and it’s another album highlight.

Aside from that bit of experimentation, it’s just status quo for Maroon 5. The album has been produced to perfection, Adam’s falsetto is as strong as ever, there’s a decent amount of variety, and the lyrics are as sensual as ever, but there’s not much here the band hasn’t done before, and done better on Songs About Jane and It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. If you can get by that fact, there’s certainly some enjoyable material here. It also unfortunately has a few clunkers such as How, which sounds like an inferior version of the recent hit Hey, Soul Sister. There’s also the monotonous Just A Feeling, and Out of Goodbyes, the ill-advised country crossover with Lady Antebellum that closes the album.

In essence, if you enjoyed Maroon 5 before, Hands All Over should provide some fun pop tracks that could very easily work their way into many playlists. If you didn’t, than this won’t change your mind, since it’s the same formula the band has already used before, it’s just not quite as interesting this time. Still, despite that fact, they’ll still get great singles out of this, so like it or not, Maroon 5 is here to stay for a while, and will have no problem dominating the airwaves. Let’s just hope that next time, they give a little more.

Top Tracks:

Misery
Give a Little More
I Can’t Lie
Hands All Over



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tiesthatbind
September 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm pleased with how short and to the point my reviews are getting.

Digging: Poets of the Fall - Twilight Theater

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2010


16789 Comments


great review, i semi-enjoyed it wont be soon before long so i might look into this...no guarantee though

i'm liking the direct, concise approach...im pushing myself in that direction too although every now and then i still stray (i tend to be long winded when it comes to music)

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Eclectic
September 23rd 2010


3302 Comments


Good review man, used to love these guys but not so much any more.

Eclectic
September 23rd 2010


3302 Comments


As for the direct approach, that's what I've been doing as well.

bloc
September 23rd 2010


35010 Comments


Clicked because of the cover

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Eclectic
September 23rd 2010


3302 Comments


Cover is awesome

bailar14
September 23rd 2010


1603 Comments


not even gonna read or listen

just gonna stare at that cover

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2010


16789 Comments


this doesnt have a review yet? fea-ture, fea-ture, fea-ture!

Douglas
September 23rd 2010


9174 Comments


COZ BAAAAABY YOUR ALLLL IIIIIII NEED

tiesthatbind
September 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, guys.

Sowing, if you're curious, just check out my recommended tracks. I'm sure you've heard Misery already, though.

And good idea. I'd like this to get this featured if no staff or contribs are doing this.

emmy
September 23rd 2010


205 Comments


love, lust, and heartbreak?

tiesthatbind
September 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yep. I think that sums up Maroon 5 pretty well.

RosaParks
September 23rd 2010


14973 Comments


sounds gay





(sounds like a dryden comment)

Ire
September 23rd 2010


41822 Comments


no cuz dryden is funny and ur gay

:3

great review ties, i pos'd this.

tiesthatbind
September 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, bro.

Emim
September 23rd 2010


26675 Comments


Good Lord, she's like an octopus.


Good review, man. I shall bequeath a pos

tiesthatbind
September 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I expect 3/4 of the views for this review to be from people looking at the cover, haha. Thanks, man.

Emim
September 23rd 2010


26675 Comments


I clicked cause it said "tiesthatbind"

tiesthatbind
September 23rd 2010


7380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That too.

Emim
September 23rd 2010


26675 Comments


I expect that to be a very limited demographic though ;)


Just kidding, or am I???



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