It Won't Be Soon Before Long

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Maroon 5's 2002 debut album, Songs About Jane, was the kind of hit that doesn't happen often in the new millennium -- a genuine word-of-mouth hit whose popularity grew steadily after its release, largely due to the sweet, sunny hit "This Love," a song sly and catchy enough to stay on the adult pop charts for years without wearing out its welcome. It also was catchy enough to engender years of goodwill. Five years of goodwill, in fact, as the band toured heavily while slowly tinkering away on their second album, finally delivering It Won't Be Soon Before Long (its title perhaps a pun on the gap between records, perhaps not) half a decade after Songs About Jane. ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Maroon 5's 2002 debut album, Songs About Jane, was the kind of hit that doesn't happen often in the new millennium -- a genuine word-of-mouth hit whose popularity grew steadily after its release, largely due to the sweet, sunny hit "This Love," a song sly and catchy enough to stay on the adult pop charts for years without wearing out its welcome. It also was catchy enough to engender years of goodwill. Five years of goodwill, in fact, as the band toured heavily while slowly tinkering away on their second album, finally delivering It Won't Be Soon Before Long (its title perhaps a pun on the gap between records, perhaps not) half a decade after Songs About Jane. If that delay sounds like a symptom of sophomore jitters, that's not exactly true, since during that long stretch between albums Maroon 5 worked Songs About Jane and, in a sense, that album wasn't strictly their first album, either. Maroon 5 evolved out of Kara's Flowers, a post-grunge pop band whose 1997 debut never took off, not even when their debut was reissued in the wake of Maroon's success, but it did provide the group with the foundation for their success; it's where they paid their dues and learned how to be a pop band. Traces of Kara's Flowers could be heard in Maroon's rockier moments on their debut, but under their new name, the group began to develop an infatuation with blue-eyed soul-pop, which they wisely develop on It Won't Be Soon Before Long. More than develop, they modernize it, borrowing elements of Justin Timberlake's stylized synthesized soul, but Adam Levine is wise enough to know that he's no young colt, like JT. He knows that he's a pop guy, somewhat in the tradition of Hall & Oates, but he isn't trying to be retro, he's trying to fill that void, making records that are melodic, stylish, and soulful, which It Won't Be Soon Before Long certainly is. In every respect, It Won't Be Soon is a bigger album than its predecessor: hooks pile up one after another, there's not an ounce of fat on the songs, the production is so immaculate that it glistens. If there were lingering elements of Maroon 5's alt-rock past on Songs About Jane -- primarily in its lazy, hazy vibe -- they're gone now, replaced by the sleek, assured sound of a band that's eager to embrace its status as the big American mainstream pop band of the decade. But Maroon 5 isn't desperately grasping at the brass ring, they're playing it smart, building upon the core strengths of their debut and crafting a record that's designed to appeal to many different listeners, from teens crushing on Nelly Furtado's R&B makeover to adults looking for something smooth and melodic. It Won't Be Soon Before Long appeals to both audiences with an ease that seems effortless, but like any modern blockbuster, this album was shepherded by several different teams of producers, all brought in to emphasize a different personality within the group. The bulk of the record was cut with Spike Stent and Mike Elizondo -- Stent worked with U2, Oasis, Björk, and Gwen Stefani, while Elizondo had produced Fiona Apple and Pink -- but Queens of the Stone Age producer Eric Valentine was brought in for a couple of cuts, as was Mark Endert, who mixed "This Love." There may have been three different sets of producers, but the album is streamlined and seamless, never seeming calculated even if it was clearly made with an eye on mass appeal, and there are two reasons for that. First, Maroon 5 has gelled as a band, developing a clean, crisp attack that may bear traces of its influences -- there are knowing references to Prince, the Police, even OutKast sprinkled throughout (the keyboard on "Little of Your Time" is a direct nod to "Hey Ya") -- but it's a sound that's instantly identifiable as the band's own signature. Nowhere is that more evident than in how they can give soulful grooves like "If I Never See Your Face Again" a rock edge -- or how they can suddenly explode into shards of noise as they do on the coda of "Kiwi" -- or how when the electronic instruments dominate the production, the music still breathes like the work of an actual band, not like something that was constructed on a computer. But like with any good blue-eyed soul, the reason that this album works is the songs themselves. Even the flashiest production-driven tracks here -- the opening one-two punch of "If I Never See Your Face Again" and "Makes Me Wonder" -- aren't about feel; they're about the songs, which are uniformly tight and tuneful, sounding better with repeated plays, the way any radio-oriented pop should. If some of the ballads aren't as distinguished as the livelier tracks, they nevertheless are as sharply crafted as the rest, and the end result is that It Won't Be Soon Before Long is that rare self-stylized blockbuster album that sounds as big and satisfying as was intended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: A&M / Octone
  • UPC: 602517331068
  • Catalog Number: 000891702
  • Sales rank: 8,346

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maroon 5 Primary Artist
Lenny Castro Percussion
Gary Grant Horn
Jerry Hey Horn
Dan Higgins Horn
Mark Endert Keyboards
Adam Levine Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Mike Elizondo Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Sam Farrar Keyboards
Jesse Carmichael Keyboards
Mickey Madden Bass
Ryan Dusick Musical Direction
James Valentine Guitar
Adam MacDougall Keyboards
Matt Flynn Drums
Technical Credits
Tony Adams Percussion Technician
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug Johnson Digital Editing
Mark "Spike" Stent Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Eric Valentine Producer, Engineer
Mark Endert Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Audio Production
Adam Levine Composer
Len Peltier Art Direction
Mike Elizondo Producer, Audio Production
Ross Garfield Drum Technician, Percussion Technician
Eric Gorfain String Arrangements
Sam Farrar Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Maroon 5 Producer, Audio Production
Jesse Carmichael Composer
Mickey Madden Composer
James Valentine Composer
Jason Lader Contributor
Jordan Feldstein Management
Eric Swanson Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    maroon 5 has done it again

    i mean im just a kid but i love this band so much their catchy toons and their great slow songs and i dont care if they say the f word its great music its not that innappropiate but these songs are gonna get you hooked once you listen to them you CANT STOP buy it people buy it its so awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not quite like their first

    Personally, for me, when I first heard Songs About Jane, there was something unique there that I had never heard in any other band before. Their lyrics seemed to reach out to me. The same goes for It Won't be Soon Before Long. The catchy tunes of Makes me wonder, Wake Up Call, and Can't Stop reach out to a new audience, and songs with the same great lyrics that are found in SAJ appeal to their old fans. Such songs as Not Falling Apart, Back at you Door, Better that we Break and Nothing lasts forever have great lyrics and even though they aren't in the same style as Sweetest Goodbye and Sunday Morning, these songs are just as loveable. But I hope in their next album that they incorporate some of the style of Sweetest Goodbye and Sunday Morning into atleast a few songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was just mediocre

    I desperately loved every song on "Songs About Jane," so I bought this CD without even listening to some of the samples, and I was pretty disappointed. Perhaps I am simply not the right audience for their new style. The album seems over-produced and a bit too flashy. I preferred the more honest and simple lyrics of their previous work. Maybe if I listen to it some more it will grow on me, but that's not what I'd hoped from a Maroon 5 album, particularly one for which I'd waited so long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They've Done It Again

    Just when you thought "Songs About Jane" couldn't be topped, Maroon 5 has proved everyone wrong. "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" has got everything from Prince-esque rock to cheeky ballads. "If I Never See Your Face Again", "Makes Me Wonder", and "Can't Stop" are some of the more upbeat moments on the record that make you want to dance and sing along while "Won't Go Home Without You", "Nothing Lasts Forever" "whose chorus comes from Kanye West's "Heard 'Em Say", which Adam Levine sang", and "Goodnight, Goodnight" will definitely appeal to those "who seem to be females for the most part" that are touched by Adam Levine's warm, yet soothing voice when it comes to ballads. This set of songs establishes Maroon 5 as a band that will continue to tear up the pop charts while bringing the upbeat tunes that keep listeners dancing along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another spectacular addition

    This is yet another wonderful album by Maroon 5 that of course may not be as great as Songs about Jane, but it definitely is not dissatisfying. The only song where there is profanity is "Makes me Wonder" but other than that the other songs are 'clean.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maroon 5: Their best album yet!

    Maroon 5 has done it again with another amazing album! All of the songs are good, but my favorite is Makes me wonder. It is so catchy and it never gets old to me! Way to go Maroon 5- you have done it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This CD has ONE HIT...and it's terrible..and OVERPLAYED! Not worth buying because you can hear the one good song on any radio station just once every hour. Chances are that MTV and Clearchnnel something are playing it right now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    The songs on this album are okay, but the lyrics are horrible!! DON'T BUY THIS! "Makes me Wonder" says the f word in every chorus! VERY bad songs that are not appropriate for kids and aren't good for older people either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Maroon 5 never marketed themselves as a child-friendly band, so the reviewer who gave the CD a poor rating because of the F word needs to go listen to Barney or the Wiggles, not ROCK AND ROLL if she is so worried about cursing. I have heard some of the CD and I think it's incredibly catchy and memorable. The guys kept us waiting for this one, and it was worth it. VERY funky!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    BUY THIS ALBUM! Ever song on this c.d. is great. But i'll break it down song by song if you only download: 1. "if i never see your face again" this song is 100% prince inspired. Great Party Track 2. "makes me wonder" The first single off their cd, and it's hot! The video is great. 3. "little of your time" Sounds like an okgo song. Funky, happy little song. One of my faves. 4. "wake up call" weird beat. Great song!! Love it. Starts of slow, but becomes fierce with great rifs. 5. "won't go home without you" kind of boring, but good the first few spins. Intrumentals sound like "time after time" during verses. 6. "nothing lasts forever" where have i heard this song? It's really good, but i can't listen to it, 'cause all i can think about is what movie i've heard this in, or whatever. Sad song, but faster beat. 7. "can't stop" Well, to mention Adam Levine touches himself, and "wakes up making love to a pillow..." Creepy song. Kind of stalker-ish ode. Make this a video!! 8. "goodnight goodnight" No, this isn't "kriptonite". Everytime i play this album, this is probably the most boring song. So sleepy, don't drive while listening to this!! 9. "not falling apart" After the last album mostly set to rage against woman, and then sorrow for them, Adam Levine just wants to tell you he's "not falling apart". So, now that you know, skip to the next track. 10. "kiwi" THIS SONG ROCKS!! AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANY CRITICS SAY!! DOWNLOAD THIS SONG NOW!! 80's IS BACK!! 11. "better that we break" This song could be a little more depressing. But it's material James Blunt would cry through. 12. "back at your door" How nice, a happy ending. But why are we at a wedding? He's moving back in with a girl...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen to it more than once before you judge.

    It Won't Be Soon Before Long is not as good as SAJ .. but it's still a great album. I just finished listening to it for the first time as I am writing this, and to be honest, almost half the songs I liked immediately. True, it's disappointing they don't have that same "rhythm or feel" we fell in love with in their previous album, and no one expected a change this big, but I'm not disappointed with the songs themselves. Most of them I wouldn't mind hearing over and over again (example: back at your door, AMAZING) Trust me, people. After listening to the album a few more times, everyone will fall in love with it eventually. If this were their debut album, no one would be complaining about the songs or music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Maroon 5 lovers rejoice! The sound on their sophmore album is different, as it should be, since the release of Songs About Jane was 5 years ago. The style of lyrics hasn't changed, they are still full of meaning and soul. The sound has changed and progressed with a harder edge. True Maroon 5 fans will be able to love the album from the first second to the last. Maroon 5 is in a select group of bands/artists where every song is given equal play and the same amount of love. I can't listen to anything else. This album was well worth the wait!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing, I love it so much

    This album is seriously amazing. I've been waiting a long time for this album, and now thats its here, for me, it was well worth the wait. I love each song, particually "Little Of Your Time" and "Can't Stop". I havent stopped listening to this since I got it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    B&N employee that has nothing better to do...

    This CD is very funky and dance pop...but awesome. It is a lot like their first album. You shouldn't ask yoursel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! OH WOW!

    You'd be a fool not to buy this CD! Every track is amazing and the production is crisp. They have crafted their sound to perfection. It's a creeper...you like it the first time you run it through, then you just can't put it down. "Makes Me Wonder", "Little of Your Time" and "Kiwi" are in my ear but honestly I can run the whole CD and not go forward or go back because the production is sooo tight. They made a song from the chorus of their Kanye West combo of "Heard 'Em Say" and it made a nice song. Just get the CD you won't be dissappointed. They're on top of their game right now. It was well worth the wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different, but still catchy

    I've been waiting for this album for such a long time, and I was so excited to go out and buy it. I agree with what someone said before, the more you listen to the album, the more you love it. It really is a fantastic album with catchy beats such as on "Wake Up Call", "Can't Stop", and others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I love Maroon 5's older stuff "including songs from Kara's Flowers", and after waiting years for "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" I was sorely disappointed. While I agree with the critics that Maroon 5's new album has broad market appeal, I feel they betrayed their core fan base with disappointingly superficial lyrics, and an overly-polished pop style. Having said that, my favorite tracks are: "Not Falling Apart" and "Infatuation". I'm not saying I don't like the album. It's just not what I was expecting.

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