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It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5
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It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5
Advantages: A few big tunes
Headed by Adam Levine as the lead vocalist, Maroon 5 released their second album in 2007. "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" follows on from the Alternative Rock band's impressive debut with "Songs About Jane", which had them show how they could bring in elements of Funk, Soul and Pop to make something which will literally appeal to all audiences.
1. "If I Never See Your Face Again"
To get this album under way you have them getting funky with it to remind you of why you probably liked them when they broke through into the game back in 2002 (as Maroon 5 - as opposed to when they were known as Kara's Flowers). It is a big tune to get thing going, and you are bound to like it if you were into the up-tempo tracks from their debut.
2. "Makes Me Wonder"
This was the lead single from the album, and this, more than many other song by them finds them getting down with Funk. They go right back to the seventies style of the genre and even push a little Disco into things to make you feel as though you have been taken into this decade. It is a killer song, and had them return back to top form after waiting a good five years for new material.
3. "Little Of Your Time"
This song is a short one, yet in just over two minutes you are drawn in by the catchiness of this song immediately. This one has them showing how well-developed their skills at constructing songs is, to a degree where they know exactly what they need to do to excite the listeners and get you grooving with them.
4. "Wake Up Call"
This was one of the key singles from the album, and a tune which shows them at their absolute top standard with them doing a funky tune which has Adam Levine do song about finding his girl with another man. It is incredible how they come up with such a banger out of the content of the lyrics. I don't know where anyone could possibly pick up on a fault in this.
5. "Won't Go Home Without You"
Honestly, I really wasn't into this song as I thought that it sounded like such a generic song in the album and as we get to around the mid-point in the release it seems that they are just going for the straight-forward work. It doesn't show enough of their originality, and I felt as though I lots them as they performed this song.
6. "Nothing Lasts Forever"
If you recognise much of the song, but can't quite place it, this is because the hook of it was adapted from a track which had Adam Levine collaborate with Kanye West. I have to say that I wasn't really that keen on "Heard 'Em Say", however I would have to say that as it wasn't too far from it (obviously with just the absence of the rap), butt was an improvement upon the tune off Kanye's "Late Registration" album.
7. "Can't Stop"
This is a big track on the album and really stands out when it comes directly off the back of the low-tempo tunes prior to it. T one is quite clearly based in the Funk Rock style, and it appears that they have chosen to go back to the type of thing which made them appeal to such a wide range of listeners. If you liked the lead single, "Makes Me Wonder", then this is for you too.
8. Goodnight Goodnight"
You have hem return to the samey things which you got a couple of tracks prior to it, it wasn't really saying a lot and I would have to say that really it wasn't something I was likely to remember after having heard it through, even n a few occasions. There isn't a lot to make it stand out, and it suffers greatly as a result.
9. "Not Falling Apart"
The pace is increased slightly on this one and it appears that they are attempting to show how free the labelled as an Alternative Rock band gives them, as this lack of restriction gives them the chance to do something experimental as this is. I wouldn't say that it is something which I would necessary listen to, but it is a decent one, and a gentle, one to act as a short breather.
This is a freaky little tune from them which has them showing how diverse they can be with their jazzy Funk side of their material as they bring much of it in to the modern day with their original way of manipulating it with lots of electronic elements. It reminds me of the original take on Funk which Jamiroquai brought to us in the nineties.
11. "Better That We Break"
As we get towards the end of the album we have a song which has the band do a little something different, yet again, as they try out one which uses their typical instruments, but just using them in a way which they don't tend to on the normal tracks from them. I would have to say that this backing made it a pretty straightforward one, but the song was powerful.
12. "Back At Your Door"
To end it all off we have a track which reminds me a lot of the type of thing which was found on their debut, in terms of the lyrical content). It is a slower one and it seems to contrast from a lot of the other tunes on the album. This ne has you swaying along to the emotive song from Levine, and it is guaranteed to bring you right into, but it wasn't really my type of thing.
I saw this as a good follow-up from their debut release, and I thought that it had similar qualities to "Song About Jane" in that it is highly diverse and the variation allows them to bring in a variety of differing styles to drive the music within the album. It is fairly inconsistent, but you can excuse this with the good ones all killers.
Summary: Maroon 5's second album