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"Hands All Over"
© A&M/Octone Records
Year of Release: 2011
Give A Little More
Don't Know Nothing
Never Gonna Leave
I Can't Lie
Hands All Over
Get Back In My Life
Just A Feeling
Out Of Goodbyes
Moves Like Jagger
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"Hands All Over"
Adam Levine is a well-known name these days... He appeared on Season 2 of American Horror Story (too bad his character was killed off, as he
wasn't on the show long). He is most popular as one of the judges on NBC's The Voice. His band, Maroon 5, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in
2007 ("Makes Me Wonder"), a huge #1 hit with Christina Aguilera 2011 ("Moves Like Jagger" in 2011. A year later, they returned to #1, with
"One More Night." Maroon 5 is a very good band. Their sound is funky, it's Pop, it is good to point out, that in today's day and age of Popular
Music, Maroon 5 can easily show that their musical abilities is what people (young and old) SHOULD enjoy. However, as I listen to Levine's singing voice,
it's a voice that totally threw me off guard: His voice is mostly upper-ranged. Not complaining, I'm just enjoying what I'm hearing from this band,
as today's music just isn't as great as it used to be, referring to previous decades.
Maroon 5's Hands All Over has all the qualities of what a common-day band should sound like. The album starts with the funky "Misery,"
and I can't help but hear another song in my head as I'm listening to this one... Kajagoogoo's "Too Shy." "Give A Little More" is the next
track, as it's movin', and fits today's "Pop" style. Not bad of a song here.
The next two tracks are just as good: "Stutter" and "Don't Know Nothing." Both songs have you wanting to hear more. It's easy to
categorize the songs here as "Pop," and you can also say these songs have Soul and R&B. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is one of those, and the next
one is even better: "I Can't Lie." The latter song, is like, "man, this song IS good..."
THe title track threw me off a bit, and just saying it's "ok." It reminds me a bit of the remake of "American Woman" by Lenny Kravitz. (Lenny's
version is quite exceptional.) "How" sounds like "today's Country." Again, another "threw me off" track.
However, "Get Back In My Life" gets back to the cool, groovin' Maroon 5 sound. "Just A Feeling" slows down the pace a bit, and in a good
way. Kinda reminds me of a Savage Garden tune. "Runaway" is more Rock than Pop. Country act Lady Antebellum helps out on "Out Of Goodbyes,"
as this song is a nice, Country fitting tune.
The last track, you had to visit your local Target store, where this song was taken from the TV show, The Voice: The studio recording of
"Moves Like Jagger" with Christina Aguilera. This song skyrocketed up the charts to #1, as it was a huge hit, and basically put Maroon 5 on the
map. Christian Aguilera was no stranger to the top, and having the fellow Voice judge with Adam and Company, surely did help in a big way.
For what today's music SHOULD sound like, Maroon 5 has paved the way. If there were more bands and artists like this, today's music would
probably be more popular, and more demanding as it did in previous decades. The upbeat tracks are the standouts on Hands All Over, no doubt
the Christina Aguilera track, and "I Can't Lie." No lying about it, Hands All Over is definitely worth listening to.
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