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Review: Maroon 5; Hands All Over

Maroon 5, a band with few credentials but the idea to make music not for the masses, but for people who want to relax after a hard day grifting and just settling down. Fronted by one of the nicest men in music, Maroon 5 have suffered a shit storm of hate and criticisms, and somehow seemed to appear at the top of their game every time. Hands All Over is the difficult third album, The Empire Strikes Back, Die Hard 3, Oceans 13. In essence, Trivium's The Crusade. But the album offers a good blend of acoustic and the Maroon 5 we have come to love and need to relax.

The album, with upbeat pop songs and more acoustic, relaxing songs to make your day. The albums lead song, Misery is upbeat, setting the tone nicely. Giving A Little More is a good song, again upbeat and promising a bit more if they were to do this song live. Stutter follows on in the usual fashoin, with a nice drum beat, well strung lyrics and a tune to be admired. The songs follow on in a similar fashion, leaving the listener wanting more. It is a good job I reviewed the Deluxe version, which adds 3 acoustic tracks (Never Gonna Leave This Bed, Misery and Crazy Little Thing Called Love) and 1 live track (If I Ain't Got You).

Drawbacks now, and I am afraid to say that this is not the Maroon 5 that we remember. They have grown up since releasing Songs About Jane and It Won't Be Soon Before Long. The album is a brilliant album, but it lacks the heart of the previous albums. It does not draw the album down, but it just makes you think that the album should be better than it already is.

A good album, one of the best of the year so far, and I hope that a new album is released sooner rather than later.

Album Score:

Songs on album - 4/5
Variety - 3/5
Hooks - 4/5
Individual songs - 5/5
Basic album score - 5/5

Overall score - 21/25

Brilliant album, could be a bit more variable with some of the songs though. We want more of the old songs, not new ones.

Review: Maroon 5; Hands All Over Review: Maroon 5; Hands All Over Reviewed by Matt Large on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 Rating: 5

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