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It took less than three years for frontman Adam Levine to put his indie band Kara’s Flowers to bed and record Maroon 5’s 2002 debut album, Songs About Jane. The opening “Harder to Breathe” grooved on a funky rock foundation, with Levine hitting soulful high tenor notes and sounding like he'd attended a good number of Jamiroquai concerts before putting this band together. The following “This Love” is just as catchy, even with dialed-down guitars and an octane boost to the band’s funk engine. With Levine’s falsettos, it plays like a loving tribute to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” (albeit with woeful lyrics that contrast the sunny melodies by musing on the smoldering embers of a burned-out relationship). “She Will Be Loved” simmers down for a beachy serenade before the strolling “Sunday Morning” braids Levine’s love for Jay Kay and Stevie Wonder with some Philly-flavored blue-eyed soul. “Must Get Out” dips Down Under for a detour that sounds rooted in early Men at Work songs. The 10th-anniversary edition offers 17 extra tracks.

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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.


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.

One word: Longevity

Songs About Jane (SAJ). It's an album that gets many Maroon 5 fans excited. It is often regarded by these fans, and even people who don't usally listen to Maroon 5, as the band's best released album (Some people even say claim that the band has been, and still is, riding the wave of SAJ's initial success). In fact, it is regarded by many as simply an amazing album in general.

This is for good reason. This album showcases an amazing mix of alternative rock and pop that is dashed with influences from other genres such as jazz and soul. The lyrics are also heart-felt and orginal. Levine's voice is wonderfully juxtaposed with the harder funk sound provided by the band. These points are only further demonstrated on the demo-releases (proving that old saying "less is sometimes more"). There is literally something for everyone on this anniversary album.

In short, this album is a must buy for anyone who is searching for a fresh sound and missed the album's initial release 10 years ago. There's a reason why it's being re-released 10 years later. It's quality music composed by quality musicians.


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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