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  • Sep 28, 2010
I have never made this statement before, but here I go: Maroon 5 is the spiritual successor of The Beatles.  Yes, the sounds of different.  I don’t make this claim lightly nor do I make this claim because they have a sound that reminds me of the greatest band of all time.  I say this because never before have I heard a contemporary band make so many popular hits while always challenging themselves musically.  I admit I wasn’t completely won over with “Songs About Jane” but there were enough standout tracks to keep an eye on them.  Their follow-up album “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” was a masterpiece, instantly becoming a favorite of mine (minus one track that I leave off my iPod).

Now we have “Hands All Over,” easily their most mainstream effort but still containing their unique sound.  Of course this probably helps when you team up with legendary producer Robert “Mutt” Lang, who I hear ordered more rewrites and retakes then any other producer the band had worked with.  The result?  Another album that has multiple single potential.  Heck, this may be the first album since Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” (another Lang produced album) produced so many number one hits.  With tracks like “Stutter,” “Never Gonna Leave This Bed,” and “How” are all lyrically poetic and musically catchy.  These are all radio friendly songs that have pretty deep lyrics for pop recordings.

If there is a downside to the album it’s the final track “Out of Goodbyes” with Lady Antebellum.  I guess it’s a sweat enough track but it comes off as rather boring in comparison to the rest of the beat heavy tracks on the album.  For those with a couple extra bucks there is a deluxe edition that features some acoustic cuts and a new song “Last Chance,” which is the song the regular edition should have ended on instead.  But if this is the worst aspect of the album than I don’t care.  This is a much needed relief after Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” failed to really catch on with me.  Hopefully Lang will return to produce another Maroon 5 album sometime in the future.  He seems to really understand what they are about and how to make them accessible to the mainstream.  And despite what fans of indie music will claim that is not a bad thing.

Grade: ***** stars

If You Can Only Buy One Song Consider: "Stutter," "Never Gonna Leave This Bed," "How"

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January 10, 2011
I Love Maroon 5, they are such a unique band. Their music is very calming and relaxing. Your review makes me want to go out and get the album! Thanks for your input!
October 09, 2010
I bought this album last week - but haven't even had a chance to listen to it. I've been nervous as to wondering if it'll be good or not. Your review is giving me some actual hope for my first listen tonight.
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Album Review: Maroon 5's 'Hands All Over'
   It's been about three years since Maroon 5 released their last album 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long' and the time off seems to have done them well. The first thing I noticed about their new album 'Hands All Over' that's set for release on September 21, 2010, is that it feels a lot more inspired and peppy than their last album. The last album, in my opinion, felt too big, too unfocused and overall not too interesting. This album however reminds me a lot of …
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DELUXE EDITION - Includes 5 Bonus Tracks
Maroon 5
is back with its third studio album entitled Hands All Over, produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Foreigner, The Cars). The album, a killer hybrid of rock, pop, funk, and R&B, showcases the band's considerable strengths: buoyant, unforgettable melodies, sleek, stylish grooves, charged lyrics about turbulent relationships, and crisp, dynamic performances. Band member Jesse Carmichael comments on the new album, "Mutt really helped us play to the best of our ability. And it drove us to be bigger and better than ever. Everything he does is huge." Huge is a great way to describe Hands All Over, starting with the hard-rocking title track that is heavier than anything Maroon 5 has ever done. Says Valentine, "It doesn't sound like anything we've ever done." Another stylistic departure for the band is "Out of Goodbyes," a stunning country ballad that features musical and vocal contributions from Nashville chart-toppers Lady Antebellum. "We've always loved country music", Levine says, "and they brought that necessary twang to it with the lap steels, ambient guitar, and Hilary Scott's pretty voice. Other highlights include the deeply groovy "Don't Know Much About That," the propulsive "Stutter" ("a great showcase for Adam's voice," notes Valentine), and "Misery," which will thrill long-time Maroon 5 fans...

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