Album Review: Maroon 5's Overexposed
I honestly wasn't sure if Maroon 5 could top their last album, Hands All Over, but I'll be damned if they didn't prove me wrong. Featuring "Payphone" with Wiz Khalifa and their newest single "One More Night", M5 dropped their fourth studio album, Overexposed, on June 26, 2012.
On March 26th, front man Adam Levine said that this album would be one of their most diverse and poppiest albums yet. Even guitarist James Valentine noted that "[they] wanted to make something that sounded contemporary with the elements of a lot of early eras of pop music. This is [their] most "pop" record ever and [they] aren’t shy about really going for it."
The band also shared that this album is the first that they explored working with outside writers. "At this point in our career I think it was a good thing to completely mix up our process and it yielded good results, as well as a more collaborative spirit within the band," says Valentine.
Although many of the songs on this album are much more upbeat and poppy than what we experienced with Hands All Over, there are still some slower songs like "Daylight" and "Sad".
With mostly dance beats, this album definitely has to be their best yet, and that's hard to do when you've had songs like "She Will Be Loved", "Misery" and "Moves Like Jagger". If you haven't picked it up yet, it's only $13 (USD) on iTunes, or you can check it out on Spotify for free!
Favorite Tracks: One More Night, Payphone, Wasted Years
Overall Rating: 4 / 5