“Red Pill Blues” Album Review

From Songs About Jane to Hands All Over to Overexposed, Maroon 5 has made a song for everyone to jam out to. Although many people still love and listen to their old hits, Maroon 5 has come out with an album that has changed standards for the music industry.

Our favorite pop-rock band has enlarged their typical sound––they’ve expertly combined each member’s individual music talents and experimentation with a more electric sound. The result? Maroon 5’s sixth LP, Red Pill Blues, might be their most standout album yet. The 15-song record displays the most electronic production the band has seen to this day. Somehow, the band has found a way to bind their classic Maroon 5 rock and pop sound, while at the same time building up the synthy bass lines with catchy beats and smooth vocals. This sound that they opted for was immediately clear in the album’s lead single, “What Lovers Do,” featuring up-and-coming artist SZA. “What Lovers Do”  provides a perfect introduction to the rest of the record with a fun beat and a bouncy hook.

One of the boldest differences on Maroon 5’s latest LP is the amount of team-ups: Maroon 5 collaborated with six different artists for six songs of the fifteen track album. However, rather than taking away from their own talents, the spread of the featured artists – from Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Wanna Know” to Julia Michaels’ “Help Me Out”– further establishes Maroon 5’s versatility, and adds unique flavors to the album with songs like the groovy LunchMoney Lewis featured song, “Who I Am” and softer tune “Whiskey” with A$AP Rocky.

With the medley of sounds and the vibe that the group implements throughout the album, Maroon 5 maintains the magic from their latest record, but with a small 2017 shift. Listen to “Like Lovers Do”, “Best 4 U”, and “Wait” from Maroon 5’s new album, available on iTunes and Spotify.

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