Red Pill Blues
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.