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1.22.03 Acoustic (Live)

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Album Review

Live albums and EPs are a time-honored tradition of buying time in pop music, and Maroon 5 combine the two in their summer 2004 release, 1.22.03.Acoustic. In another time, say 1993, this would have been called Unplugged, but since MTV pulled the plug on their live acoustic show in the late '90s, bands have little option than to release their own acoustic live shows on their own. These releases now lack the Unplugged brand name, and thereby a little bit of mystique, but they're essentially the same — the artists run through their hits and a couple of choice album tracks, tossing in either heartfelt or humorous covers to round out the set. That's precisely what Maroon 5 does with 1.22.03.Acoustic, released a few months after "This Love" became a belated hit from their 2002 debut, Songs About Jane. Since they only have one album to their name (their earlier album under the Kara's Flowers moniker is simply a part of history now), they don't have an extensive catalog of songs to draw from for their set list, which may be why this is an EP that runs under a half-hour. Even in that short time frame, they fit in five of the 12 tracks from Songs About Jane, including the hits "This Love" and "Harder to Breathe," plus covers of the Beatles' "If I Fell" and AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" (which is an electric bonus cut, not acoustic). In this stripped-down setting, the songcraft of Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael shines through on the aforementioned hits, since the bare-bones arrangements emphasize the sturdy, tuneful writing. The spareness can work against the band occasionally, too, since, when he's backed only by acoustic guitars, Levine's vocal mannerisms are at times a bit too reminiscent of Dave Matthews, and he goes severely pitchy on "If I Fell" (not to mention the embarrassing "Highway to Hell," which offers further proof that Artie Lang is the only entertainer with a convincing Bon Scott impersonation). Still, these are minor flaws, and 1.22.03.Acoustic is overall an enjoyable way to bide time until Maroon 5 can finish their next studio album.

Customer Reviews

Great acoustic versions of some of Maroon 5's awesome songs

Another great piece of work from Maroon 5, this EP has four of Maroon 5's singles from Songs About Jane, along with one of their best (and most overlooked) songs, The Sun, which is probably the best example of the band's soulful side. There's also two covers on here, The Beatles' If I Fell, and AC/DC's Highway To Hell, on which the lead singer Adam plays drums and drummer Ryan does the vocals. All in all, this is a great album to have for any Maroon 5 fan who wants to hear a stripped down side of the band.

the singer

The singer of highway to hell is the former drummer Ryan Dusick. I saw it live.

I love these guys

WOW they sound great live unlike most artist. I love there songs and I have both of there cds

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A mix of polished pop/rock and neo-soul made Maroon 5 one of the most popular bands of the 2000s, with songs like "This Love," "She Will Be Loved," and "Makes Me Wonder" all topping the charts worldwide. Previously, bandmates Adam Levine (vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (keyboards), Mickey Madden (bass), and Ryan Dusick (drums) had spent the latter half of the '90s playing in Kara's Flowers, even releasing a debut album for Reprise Records while still attending high school. The record tanked, however,...
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