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Songs About Jane (10th Anniversary Edition)

Maroon 5

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Album Review

Maroon 5 have certainly come a long way since their days in the indie outfit Kara's Flowers. After the band's demise in 1999, frontman Adam Levine surrounded himself with New York City's urban hip-hop culture and found a new musical calling. Maroon 5 were born and their debut album, Songs About Jane, illustrates an impressive rebirth. It's groovy in spots, offering bluesy funk on "Shiver" and a catchy, soulful disposition on "Harder to Breathe." "Must Get Out" slows things down with its dreamy lyrical story, and Levine is a vocal dead ringer for Men at Work's Colin Hay. Don't wince — it works brilliantly. Songs About Jane is love-drunk on what makes Maroon 5 tick as a band. They're not as glossy as the Phantom Planet darlings; they've got grit and a sexy strut, personally and musically. It's much too slick to cross over commercially in 2002, but it's good enough for the pop kids to take notice. [Songs About Jane's 10th Anniversary Edition contains a bonus disc with demo versions of every one of the album's 12 songs, plus demos of four non-LP songs — including the international B-side "Ragdoll" — and an alternate mix of "The Sun."]

Customer Reviews

Best Album of the 00

Songs About Jane was the music of Maroon 5 when they were.... you know.... good. This album left an impression because it was such an irrisitable tour-de-force of adult contemporary, catchy pop, classic rock elements, alternative, and easy listening blend. And it mastered all those perfectly, while still feeling very modern and not forced or pretentious. This was the intial release of the band just getting out the music they wanted to make. And they got a wide audience for it. The energy of "Harder To Breathe" is such a wise choice for the opener to the album and introduction to Maroon 5, then SAB really just gets on a role and doesn't stop, not really having a bad song on it at all (I never liked "Secret," but a lot of people do, so I won't call it bad). Jane shines as an audacious consistent and diverse pop release that wasn't just good in it's own right, among critics, but had the hits to back it up to. The radio killed "She Will Be Loved" "This Love" and Sunday Morning," when it was nice to listen to pop radio in the 2002 to 2005 era, wasn't it?

But what's best about Songs About Jane was that its non-hits were incredible powerful as well. "Tangled" is so soulful and cleverly rhythmic, "The Sun" is groovy and has a surprisingly impressive guitar solo at the end, "Shiver" is just a great lively rock-pop song with some good instrumentation, and my favorite song "Must Get Out" is such a sweet and pleasant ballad to 'lift you up.' There are great rock moments and wonderfully clever wording and lyrics that flow and "almost rhyme" on the other songs too, Sweetest Goodbye, Not Coming Home, and the booming Through With You should certainly not be overlooked. This is one of those albums where you really can buy the whole thing. The demos are alright, and the unreleased songs sound cool too, because they still are of this greatest era of the band, but I can see how they didn't make the final cut.

One of the biggest shames of the 2000's in music was that these guys went down hill, lost quality, lost their roots, and sold out so fast. IWBSBL was less glorious, targeted for a much smaller audience (screaming little girls who like boy bands), though it still made good use of pop format. And Hands All Over was just an embarrassing, effortless, insulting joke album of 3 minute forgettable tunes. I had to un-like M5 on facebook after HAO. Their upcoming album looks even further from the SAJ genius, and that's just too bad, but I saw it coming. But I am glad that we get the chance to celebrate 10 years with this masterpiece that saved faith in pop for a while.

AMAZING

I almost love the demos more than the originals. I am glad they released the demos because it shows that without extra things added to the music, Adam and the guys are truly amazing artists.

nice

Great add to the collection. It says released in 2002 but the tenth anniversary was released today.

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 new millennium, 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,...
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