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Thursday, October 21, 2021

CD review: Maroon 5

Artist: Maroon 5

Album: Hands All Over

Label: A&M/Octone Records

Rating: 3

For all those people who still ache for the days when Maroon 5 had just released their brilliant first album, Songs About Jane, kiss those heartaches goodbye! Okay, well maybe not goodbye, but the sultry rock band’s new album, Hands All Over, is a definite improvement from their second album, even if nothing will ever compete with that first album’s unparalleled success. Hands All Over goes back to a more melodic, acoustic direction, much like their first album.

True, the songs are not as catchy, poignant, or, well, you remember how amazing that first album was. Still, their top charter, “Misery,” undeniably has a catchy beat and refreshing lyrics.

Despite some rare gems, the album overall is a slight disappointment because its sound is so reminiscent of the band’s original beat but the tracks fail to live up to this early promise.

Give these tracks a listen: “Misery,” “Never Gonna Leave This Bed,” “If I Ain’t Got You”

For Fans of: Kings of Leon, Neon Trees, John Mayer

– Brittany Pearlman


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