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Editors’ Notes

The B-Side Collection gathers seven tracks that didn’t make the final cut for the original release of Maroon 5’s sophomore album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. These tunes sound as catchy and fully realized as anything on the band’s earlier official albums. Singer and chief songwriter Adam Levine again demonstrates his nearly effortless mastery of modern pop and R&B motifs, interweaving touches of Prince, The Police, and Al Green into a pleasing whole. The opening number, “Miss You Love You,” sums up much of Maroon 5’s appeal with its melancholy-tinged melody, assertive guitars, and solid rock bottom. “Miss You Love You” is spurred on by an insistent Latinized beat, while “Until You’re Over Me” tickles its old-school soul groove with jittery riffage. The conflicted balladry of “Losing My Mind” conveys some of the bruised tenderness that made “She Will Be Loved” a signature hit. The zesty and eminently hummable “The Way I Was” finds contrast in the angular funk lines of “Figure It Out.” The closing track, “Infatuation,” showcases Levine’s seductive falsetto, as well as some tasty wah-wah guitar licks.

Customer Reviews

How Could I NOT Love This?!

"Figure It Out" and "Infatuation" were included when I pre-ordered It Won't Be Soon Before Long. Now I realize why they were my two favorite songs on the album! Oddly enough, the "B-Sides" sound more like the Maroon 5 I came to love when Songs About Jane started getting radio play. I grew to love It Won't Be Soon Before Long after a few plays of the entire album, but it has a noticable change in sound - more pop, as opposed to the funk/rock sound that I felt set them apart in the first place. If you LOVED Songs About Jane, you must own the B-Side Collection!

Excellent

Here is what I posted to ITunes after 2 run throughs... The B-Sides are 'must have' for Maroon 5 fanatics...and music lovers alike. The tracks: Story-a 'SAJ' Maroon 5, Miss You Love You- is the current Maroon 5, Until You're Over Me- has a 'Prince' vibe, Losing My Mind- is fabulous and Jesse's incredible keyboards drive it with a traditional piano sound, The Way I Was- has a very catchy, breezy almost 60's beachy feel with a Maroon 5 twist, Figure It Out- has a very funky catchy beat, and Infatuation- wraps me up in the sensuous strings of James' guitar strings...

Art Vs. Industry

I guess people expect every release to be spectacular all around. Every record has its own quirks and the songs and the sound are the artists' perrogative. I personally enjoyed this purchase immensely. Why? It was different, catchy, and the lyrics (as Maroon 5 is awesome at doing) are heart felt and easy to relate to. As someone else mentioned, the first time around, I felt jipped, but as I listened more and more, the sound started to grow on me. The vocals are as good as they have always been and everything else seems to be in tune. In other words, it sounds just like the artists meant it to. If you don't like it, don't buy it. It's that simple. That's why they offer previews.

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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