5 stars for Maroon 5
Artiste: Maroon 5
Album: Hands All Over
Reviewer: John K. Abimanyi
This is the Pop-Rock CD that you have been waiting for. Pop has not sounded as good as this in a long time; especially with the mad, loud and frivolous Euro-Dance now invading the good old Rock, Pop and R&B that we used to know – leaving them laid embarrassingly bare.
Hands All Over is the saviour we did not know would come; to return sanity to music in these bad times. It’s a light weight drum-driven fusing between sober sounding Pop and Soft Rock. The drums lead the way in a not-so-loud kind of way for Adam Levine to follow on with his at-times very appealing vocals. The guitars then come in as mere escorts, not like in those Punk Rock songs where the lead singer is struggling to make his voice heard on top of all the noise and clatter and machine-work and voltage made by the electric guitars and drums.
The band does not waste time revealing just how good they’ve got, starting off with contender for Pop song of the year, in Misery. Things then get a little more sentimental when songs like Stutter, Just a Feeling, How and Never Gonna Leave This Bed come in. Just a Feeling specially comes with multi emotional hooks.
The CD however comes with a few faults like a pretty girl with a sore pimple on the centre of her forehead. The Acoustic version of Misery is indeed a pill of misery.
Whatever the band has been up to these past three years, any other band that needs to pour fresh streams of life into their quickly fading act, should contact Maroon 5 and find out. Hands All Over is a great CD by any standards.