Ma­roon 5

Red Pill Blues

The Guardian Weekly - - Culture - Michael Hann

Quite how Ma­roon 5 have be­come one of the world’s big­gest groups might seem a mys­tery wor­thy of Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle. But a hand­ful of im­pec­ca­bly struc­tured pop songs (This Love, Moves Like Jag­ger) are enough to gen­er­ate their huge pop­u­lar­ity. That con­tin­ues here with Help Me Out, a sin­gle that sticks firmly to the main­stream in its melody, while be­ing so in­ven­tive in its key­board ar­range­ment that it be­comes ir­re­sistible. Clo­sure, mean­while, spends three min­utes be­ing ut­terly generic be­fore slip­ping into eight more of a terrific gui­tar and or­gan groove. Singer Adam Levine has said this is the group’s R&B al­bum, and so it is, though not in any re­motely ex­per­i­men­tal way: su­per­star rap guest spots can’t dis­rupt the tor­por that too of­ten be­comes a de­fault set­ting.

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