With Maroon 5 heading out for their next big tour this Summer, I thought I might go through and rank their albums from Worst to First. With a span of 6 albums over 16 years, they have put out some great albums and a couple not so great ones. I am going to keep this strictly to Maroon 5’s studio albums and not include any from them when they were known as Kara’s Flowers or any live or re-mix albums. This will keep it simpler and keep me sane from digging into everything else that is out there.
Now, take a seat and lean back and read on and find out how I rank the Maroon 5 albums from Worst to First. And of course, we will start with the Worst…
6 – THE WORST – ‘Overexposed’ (2012):
‘Overexposed’ was the band’s fourth album and the title pretty much sums up Adam Levine during this time. He was everywhere. With the success of his judging stint on ‘The Voice’, Adam became so overexposed and I tired of him quickly. The album was their most Pop album at the time (yes, even more so than the previous two). They brought in so many outside people including Max Martin and even Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and it seemed like a giant effort to match the sound of time rather than be who they really are.
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My Sunday Song #88 is going to get downright sexy. The song of choice this week is “Lips on You” by Maroon 5. The song is off their most recent album ‘Red Pill Blues’ which was released back on November 3, 2017.
The song was co-written by Adam Levine with a slew of people including Kasher Hindlin, Jason Evigan and two people that are all over the charts right now, Julia Michaels and Charlie Puth. With that many people involved, I would hope a good song would come out of that collaboration and let me tell you…it sure as hell did!!
This is probably my favorite song on the album. The deep bass, the slower groove and the lyrics are all so damn hot. When you throw in Adam’s voice, you have pure magic. This is one song that should be played when you want to get busy and it will make your partner swoon and turn them in to jelly. The lyrics will guid you through what you should do. If this doesn’t do it, let me know and we will file a complaint with Maroon 5 and Charlie Puth.
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Calum Scott’s debut release, ‘Only Human’, came out on Friday, March 9th. A day surrounded by albums from some Hard Rock artists such as Judas Priest, Myles Kennedy, Three Days Grace and even Jimi Hendrix, how did this pop artist catch my ear? Easy, two years ago this former Britain’s Got Talent contestant released a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”. That song made me stop and take notice. It was absolutely fantastic (more on it later). I have been anxiously awaiting an album from him ever since.
And now, the long wait is finally over. Calum Scott is a cross between many artists. I would say he is a little bit Sam Smith (without the depressing ass songs), a little bit Adam Levine (his vocal stylings only), a little Gavin DeGraw (catchy pop love songs) and a little bit of James Bay (his first record and even a little of his guitar sound). He is the best of all those people rolled into one.
There are 14 tracks on the CD version of the album (vinyl only has 11) so I won’t go through all the songs in detail, but I will highlight several of my favorites. First off, there are two types of songs throughout the album. You get the love song ballads and the upbeat pop songs. I have to admit, I am a sucker for a good love song and Calum has no short supply. The ballads are beautiful showcases of his amazing, soulful vocal abilities.
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For this week, I figured we should poke fun at Maroon 5. I am a big fan, but they are easy to make fun of and I think we should do it. Adam Levine is everywhere on TV and the radio and I have to admit I get tired of him. Their music isn’t the same as it used to be, however they do always give us some great songs with each release. Enough about that, let’s have a smile and laugh at their expense.
Let’s start off with the songs…he looks so happy.
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Welcome to another edition of The Debut. This month is the debut album for Maroon 5 called ‘Songs About Jane’. Maroon 5’s debut album came out on June 25, 2002 and went as high as #6 on the Billboard charts. The album also has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide.
When the album came out, there wasn’t a lot of good pop music and there wasn’t a lot of uniqueness or original sounding music. Then along came Maroon 5. With Adam’s tenor vocals, a killer falsetto and that funked up rock sound, Maroon 5 offered up something different, unique and oh so memorable.
Who is in the band you ask? Well, it consisted of the following members:
- Adam Levine – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- James Valentine – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Jesse Carmichael – keyboards, backing vocals
- Mickey Madden – bass guitar
- Ryan Dusick – drums, percussion, backing vocals
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I didn’t know what to listen to the other day, so I hit shuffle on my whole library. An old Maroon 5 song came up and I really loved that song. It wasn’t one of their hits, but it was just as good. It got me thinking about all their songs.
Maroon 5 is more than the songs you hear on the radio. Their albums are usually great all the way through. I love it when a band’s non-singles are just as good as their radio hits, if not even better. As a result of this one song randomly popping up on my shuffle, I decided to dive deep into their albums and put together a playlist of the Deep Cuts. It is what I like to call Deep Dive Playlist.
I have only done two others so far since I started the blog. One for Def Leppard and one for Bon Jovi. I hope you enjoy this one as much as people seem to enjoy the other ones. Here is my Deep Dive Playlist for Maroon 5. They are not being ranked, they are only a playlist. I love them all.
“How” off the album ‘Hands All Over Me’: “How” was the song I mentioned that popped up in my shuffle and the inspiration for this deep dive playlist. It is more of a ballad than a pure dance song and I love Adam’s voice in this song. Come to think of it, I love Adam’s voice. How a man can get that high is beyond me, but his voice is so unique and so recognizable the minute you hear it.
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