Having heard all about how amazing the first ever Maroon 5 album is supposed to be I have eventually got around to giving it a listen as it reaches it’s 15 year anniversary this year (on the 25th June).
May as well start with the songs that I am familiar with This Love and She Will Be Loved one is more rocky the other goes down a more balled like path. Rehearing these songs after many years, I remember liking them a lot. Especially This Love with the mix of a clean funk style guitar over the distorted deeper licks of the other guitar. She Will Be Loved brought a smile to my face, I have no idea way it was just my natural reaction. No more needs to be written about it.
Shiver simply rocks all the way to 10 and beyond. What drew my ear was the Middle Eastern style of the lead guitar line. It is rather unexpected but most welcome. Giving another thing to like about the album that list got rather lengthy by the end. On show again is Mr Levine’s impressive vocal talents. Giving us the signature falsetto along with opening it up a little as the song gets towards it’s end. Feelings on the top Harder to Breathe here.
I do not know what it is but track 10, Not Coming Home, they often seem to be one of my favourite on records. Can’t explain why it just plays out that way. So the aforementioned tenth song goes back to the funky sounds, with some dramatic piano for extra sonic goodness and catchy choruses that made them accessible and popular (also is it the miles better song that mentions phones). With the formula being one that banked them mainstream success serving them well from there on out. It wasn’t a rip off of any other band around at the time either. If anything other bands have tried and failed to copy Maroon 5’s sound.
The saddest thing about this record is that without it they would not have earnt the reputation or built the platform to become what they are now. Songs About Jane is just as good as everyone says it is. It was a lot to live up to and it did.