Hands All Over
Rs 395,rating: **
When in 2002,Maroon 5 released their first album,Songs About Jane,they re-invigorated pop music with a good dose of talent and spunk. The album went multi-platinum,with supremely radio-friendly songs like This Love and She Will Be Loved. The Los Angeles quintet repeated the feat with It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.
The trouble with their third album,Hands All Over,is that the band has not made any progress. Legendary producer Robert Mutt Lange is on board this time and he has given the band a clean pop sound,tightly controlled,with no scope for cutting loose. And given the subject of the songs,a bit of cutting loose would’ve helped. Vocalist Adam Levine gives it his all,but his trademark falsetto cannot break through the cliches.
The opening single,Misery,is the best the upbeat music almost fools you into believing that the title is an ironic joke. The lyrics tell another story: I am in misery/ There ain’t nobody who can comfort me/Why won’t you answer me/The silence is slowly killing me. The crunching guitars on Hands All Over works well,and soft-rock Never Gonna Leave This Bed is pleasing,although it has a She Will Be Loved vibe. The weakest link is the acoustic cover of Queens Crazy Little Thing Called Love a bad idea to end on such a note.