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Maroon 5
Songs About Jane
Octone Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
My initial reaction was that whoever does vocals for Maroon 5 looks like a cross between Sheryl Crow and Shakira, just older and more washed-up looking. Right before the second song rolled around, however, I glanced at the press sheet to see whether or not it included song titles, and I noticed a section with band members' names, and the only person accredited for vocals was some guy named Adam Levine. The second song, the catchy number "This Love" confirmed (as if the name hadn't) that I had been listening to Songs About Jane with the volume a bit too low and instead of a less self-destructive Fiona Apple, Levine sounds more like a Backstreet Boys-ish solo project collaborating with the guy from Jamiriquai.

Apparently, Maroon 5 used to operate under the moniker Kara's Flowers, an alternative rock band that toured with Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish, among others. I don't know what caused the change, but it might have something to do with Adam's "muse," a girl named Jane (what a shocker!) about whom he wrote each song on the album. Well, their new sound (which was recorded for posterity with producer/mixer Matt Wallace of Faith No More, Train and Blues Traveler fame) is truly unfortunate. Songs go from sounding like another boy band on "This Love" and "Tangled" to Prince-wannabes on "Shiver", and then back again to Jamiriquai on "Sunday Morning".

If you're into a lot of the current MTV pop acts, this would be a great "underground" band for you to check out, bolstering your record collection and earning you some "I HEARD IT FIRST" cred badges). And on the corporate level Maroon 5 even have tons of TRL credibility- the band is now on tour with Sheryl Crow (aka the bimbo who's bangin' the white trash icon of America, also known as Kid Rock) and Train. This is of course all without mention of their past stints with Michelle Branch, Evan & Jaron, and Nikka Costa. If you're not into a lot of the current MTV pop acts, which, odds are you aren't if you're reading Lost At Sea, I would advise you to stay more than eighty feet away from this shit at all costs.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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