One More Night is beautifully produced in an Ace of Base bubble-gum reggae fashion by Max Martin, the man behind Beautiful Life, but as glitzy as the track is, it's far too slow for Friday night gyration. On the other end of the spectrum we have Lucky Strike, with beats so fast that we have to take a quick dose of mdma before heading to the sorority house for some white girl high kicks. Speaking of back in time bands, Doin' Dirt features sliding synths heavily reminiscent of ABBA, also known as the gay man's Beatles. This is the one truly danceable track on the record, so even though it's not the best song ever, it's quite enjoyable. The dancing queen that I am, Doin' Dirt quenches my need for a fix.
Some of the songs are just so so beautiful. Daylight possesses a chorus worthy of high school nostalgia. Adam's voice soars and loops as he sings, "And when the daylight comes, I'll have to go, but tonight I'm gonna hold you so close / 'Cuz in the daylight, we'll be on our own, but tonight I need to hold you so close." Sad is a sugary sweet piano ballad, that, like Daylight, is perfect for that transitory time between the end of August and the start of September, when everyone mourns the end of summer and anxiously anticipates the (weather and life-related) changes autumn will bring.
Though the album itself is of mixed quality, I still love how unapologetically POP it is. ;) Not since Katy P's Teenage Dream have we seen such synthilicious froth. Adam was never a Marina, anyway. He never wrote material on his own; he was ALWAYS a collaborator, even on Maroon 5's gorgeous debut, Songs About Jane. Therefore, we're not missing out an opportunity to hear some beautiful artistry by having Maroon 5 lean in a more mainstream direction. That opportunity never existed to begin with.
What do you all think of the record? Do you appreciate Maroon 5's new sound? Do you despise it? Do you not care?