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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: Great, memorable tracks.
Maroon 5 are without a doubt my favourite band. I love how consistently good and catchy their music is, album after album. There is not one Maroon 5 song which I would skip, I love how every song on each album is of the same high standard, each being individual to the next. I heard Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5, say in an interview that the band write all their music with the intention of it being suitable for the radio however after seeing them play live I can say that their music has so much more capability than just sounding good on the radio. As a band they are solid and despite having one hit album after another they are humble about their success.
I would describe Maroon 5's genre of music as pop/rock. Adam Levine's voice is so distinctive and unique that their music is instantly recognisable. I love how they have evolved musically from their first album 'Songs about Jane'. Maroon 5 really do 'move with the times' and their music is always current yet different to anything else out there. I have heard Maroon 5 cover an Alicia Keys song and they did it incredibly, putting their own stamp on it, as they do every piece of music they make.
I have decided to review the bands second album 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long'. The overall subject of the album is definitely heartbreak, however each song has a different perspective on heartbreak. I will give a brief description of each track and why I like it.
It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
1. If I Never See Your Face Again
The first time I heard the catchy guitar intro to this song I was immediately hooked. Maroon 5 later on made this song into a duet with Rihanna which just improved it further.
The song is upbeat and definitely has that Maroon 5 pop edge. I like it this because the chorus is so catchy and you just have to sing along. There is a jazz vibe to this song which makes it a great song to dance to.
The song is about meeting somebody , hitting it off and then thinking well if I never see them again it doesn't matter because I never expected to get this far with them.
2. Makes Me Wonder
This song was released as a single by Maroon 5, it also has a catchy intro. It is a fast beat song about losing faith in someone and then wondering if you ever really cared about them at all. This is another song which is really easy to dance and sing along to.
The bridge is so catchy and Adam's voice sounds great on the track, especially on the chorus when he goes into a higher pitch.
3. Little Of Your Time
This song seems a little rushed when you first listen to it as the instrumentals seem to be moving faster than the vocals. However once you listen to it a few times you get the impression that the rushed feel is intentional to fit in with the lyrics.
The song is about needing a little of your time to explain things that have never been said. I like this song because it cleverly combines rock and pop to perfection.
4. Wake Up Call
This song tells a great story, Adam Levine sings about catching his girlfriend in bed with another man and then shooting him dead. Even though the subject might sound a bit severe, the song is really light hearted and fun to listen to. It is not quite as intense as Rihanna's song on a similar subject 'Man Down'.
The song is really upbeat and I like it because it has a 'boppy' beat to it which is really easy to get into.
5. Won't Go Home Without You
I love this song, it was released as a single and the music video is great too. The song is about hoping that a relationship isn't in fact over and that there is a chance you can home together. Despite the title, the song makes it clear that the relationship is over. The lyrics in this song are vulnerable as Adam Levine is begging for another chance to make things right.
This song is one that you can listen to over and over, the chorus is catchy and the sing along aspect is definitely there.
6. Nothing Lasts Forever
It is sad but its true, nothing lasts forever, well according to this song anyway. I don't agree that nothing can last forever but I do like this song. It is one of the slower paced songs on the album and it is about yet more heartbreak.
This song is a beautiful interpretation of letting go of a relationship. It is covers all the emotions and thoughts of letting go of someone and it is quite an emotional song.
7. Can't Stop
This song is so uplifting and has such a great guitar instrumental behind it. Adam Levine's voice really suits this kind of upbeat tune. The lyrics are about not being able to stop thinking about someone and their love.
I like this song because out of all the songs on the album, this is one which you can listen to and it really makes you feel good.
8. Goodnight Goodnight
The guitar intro of this song reminds me of a Daughtry song almost. It isn't a ballad yet it isn't fast paced at all and the lyrics are very apologetic. On the lyric where Goodnight is repeated 4 times, a heavy electric guitar comes in and makes it sound incredible.
The song is about breaking up with someone 'Goodnight Goodnight' and hoping that things turn out okay for them. All the songs on this album are on this similar subject so it is a good break up album to listen to, just with a Maroon 5 edge.
9. Not Falling Apart
This song starts off with a strong drum beat and a 'wooooo'. This 'wooooo' is used quite a bit throughout the song and I like it but I think the song would work just as well without it.
The verses are quite subdued and then the in the chorus they really go for it with the vocals and the instrumentals.
The song is about not falling apart after someone has walked out even though it is hard to walk and talk without them, the lyrics are really lovely and heartfelt.
This song is very passionate and the lyrics are rather suggestive. The beat to the song is great and there is some kind of electric guitar jam session towards the end of the song which is insanely good.
I love the pitch of Adam Levine's voice in this song, it really shows off his vocal capability. This is definitely one of my favourite songs on the album just for the feel good factor.
11. Better That We Break
This is an Adam Levine ballad at its finest. I say ballad but in Maroon 5 terms this still has a rock edge to it. Adam sings about being in pain and how things are harder every day but maybe it is better that we break.
I love listening to this song when I am driving as it is one that you can really listen to over and over. It tells a story of heartbreak, as do a lot of Maroon 5's songs, however this song is memorable mainly due to Adam's amazing vocals.
12. Back At Your Door
The final song has a jazz ballad feel to it. You can imagine Maroon 5 performing this live when you hear it with a big band. Adam Levine's voice sounds divine as he sings about not being able to stay away and winding up back at your door.
This song is a perfect way to end the album, I like it because it is relaxed and chilled yet there is a lot of emotion in the song which can be felt through the big notes and dramatic instrumentals.
I just wish there were more tracks!
I love this album. I can listen to it no matter what mood I am in or what time of day it is and it will always brighten me up. I love how Maroon 5 write all of their own songs and you can really tell through the passion in their lyrics. The songs are so polished and as a fan I feel like so much effort has been put into making this album what it is.
I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of good music. When I went to see them in concert recently there was such a range of people there, from children to grandparents. This just shows that their music reaches out to so many people and anyone can like it.
You can download the album from iTunes and other music download stores for no more than £10. Alternatively you can pick a copy of the CD up in a supermarket or music store for around the same price.
Thank you for reading!
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Summary: A thought-provoking, magnificent album.