V makes number one album
BY RICE VAN COUTREN ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
V, the Roman numeral for five and a letter in the English alphabet. The meaning of the letter V has changed. “V” is the title of the recently released fifth album of Maroon 5, a successful pop band. This album has 14 new songs including its hit single, “Maps.”
Just like Adam Levine’s voice, the songs on this album vary. They range from heart-wrenching to exciting to everything in between. “V” has songs that anybody would enjoy listening to. “V” will have you pumped enough to want to wrestle a bear, but in the next three minutes, you could be crying on the floor of your bedroom wondering who hurt Levine so much.
Maroon 5 has been in the music industry for a very long time, so of course their style of music will have changed since they first formed their band in 1994. In their last album, “Overexposed”, the band moved to a more computer generated sound of music. All of Maroon 5’s older albums focus more on Levine’s voice and instruments to create their distinct style of music. In this new album, Maroon 5 goes back to their classic instrumentals for most of the songs. The songs like “Lost Stars” and “Sugar” showcase how the old school instrumentals sound much better than the new age “pop” sound. Even though Maroon 5 is moving back to their older style of music, they still have a couple songs like “Feelings” that have a more computer generated sound.
Maroon 5 announced their new album with their single “Maps.” The band released other songs from the album like “It Was Always You” and “Animals” consecutively. These songs got me pumped and excited for this album because of their upbeat tempos and huge bass. When the album was released, I listened to it all in one sitting. At first, I was disappointed with the songs on the album after the first three. The album, for the most part, loses its fast paced tempo. I had expected the album to be all fast paced, but that was completely illogical. When I listened to it again, I discovered that all of these songs are quality.
Maroon 5 has put together an A+ album that is worth the buy. Levine utilized his wide belt to create some smash hits, including my personal favorites “Sugar” and “Animals.” This whole album can be listened to on repeat. I have been doing this since its release. Look for the big V on iTunes and download the album. It is vvvvvvvvvvvery good.