by Maroon 5Maroon 5


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Maroon 5 settled into a cleanly contoured blue-eyed soul groove on 2010's Hands All Over and were rewarded with a clear commercial stumble -- a situation somewhat forgotten in light of Adam Levine's 2011 elevation to superstardom via his judgeship on The Voice. Levine didn't abandon his band once he became a TV star. Just as the first season finished, Maroon 5 recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera, "Moves Like Jagger," a single far more modern than anything on Hands All Over and, not surprisingly, a much bigger hit than anything from that 2010 LP. All this set the stage for 2012's Overexposed, its title a smirking allusion to Levine's ubiquity, its sound a reflection of how dearly the group wishes to retain the large audience they won once again with "Moves Like Jagger." Electronic rhythms easily overshadow acoustic rhythms, with even the natural swing playing as somewhat sequenced; each song gets a brittle, multipurpose surface, as easily adaptable for adult contemporary radio as it is for the club. Hooks stab with a steely confidence but they just break the skin; they prick instead of pierce. It's the productions that count, not the songs. What matters is the their cool, sleek sound, the glassiness of the ballads, the cold glint of the dance-pop that dominates this record. Maroon 5's soft swing as a band is pushed to the background -- a bonus closing cover of Prince's "Kiss" makes that shift apparent, as the band reworks it into a rockabilly shuffle worthy of Elvis' stage show -- and it's missed, but not greatly. Even if Levine's voice sounds a trifle thin in these cool, crisp settings, the band -- with the assistance of such guaranteed hitmakers as Max Martin, Shellback, and Ryan Tedder; Levine's usual co-writer and lead guitarist James Valentine only has four credits here -- is adept at navigating modern pop waters, creating a record that feels briskly contemporary. They've bent with the times instead of attempting to have the fashion follow them, which may be a wise move after the general disregard paid to Hands All Over -- Overexposed may not hold together as well as that album, but it's sure to keep the audience won over by The Voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
Label: A&M / Octone
UPC: 0602537083800
catalogNumber: 001712902
Rank: 8734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maroon 5   Primary Artist
Adam Levine   Guitar,Vocals
Brian West   Guitar
Max Martin   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Benny Blanco   Keyboards
Sam Farrar   Keyboards
Noel Zancanella   Keyboards
Mickey Madden   Bass,Vocals
James Valentine   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ryan Tedder   Keyboards
Dan Keyes   Background Vocals
Brie Larson   Vocals,Background Vocals
PJ Morton   Keyboards
Z. Berg   Background Vocals
Matt Flynn   Drums
Shellback   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Noah Passovoy   Keyboards
Nathaniel Walcott   Keyboards
Vanessa Long   Background Vocals
MDL   Keyboards
Dan Omelio   Guitar,Keyboards
Ammar Malik   Guitar,Vocals
Savannah Buffet   Vocals

Technical Credits

Adam Harrison   Management
Adam Levine   Composer,Producer
Brian West   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Chris Maguire   Management
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Sam Farrar   Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Noel Zancanella   Composer,Programming,Producer
Robopop   Additional Production
Mickey Madden   Composer
James Valentine   Composer,Programming,Producer
Chris Dalston   Booking
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jordan Feldstein   Management
Linda Carbone   Publicity
Bradford Smith   Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Brian Manning   Booking
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Noah Passovoy   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nathaniel Motte   Composer
Smith Carlson   Engineer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
Mason Levy   Composer
MDL   Programming,Producer
Dan Omelio   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Chris Sclafani   Engineer
DJ Kyriakides   Additional Production
Matthew Rappold   Additional Production
Marius Moba   Composer
Jonathan Mann   Engineer
Carleen Donovan   Publicity
Darcy Gilmore   grooming
Rod Macsweet   Booking

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