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V

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by Maroon 5
 

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It wasn't noted much at the time, but founding keyboardist Jesse Carmichael sat out Maroon 5's 2012 album Overexposed -- a circumstance that just happened to coincide with Adam Levine capitalizing on his Voice-fueled stardom. Overexposed and over-filled with guest producers and songwriters drafted to compensate for the absent

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It wasn't noted much at the time, but founding keyboardist Jesse Carmichael sat out Maroon 5's 2012 album Overexposed -- a circumstance that just happened to coincide with Adam Levine capitalizing on his Voice-fueled stardom. Overexposed and over-filled with guest producers and songwriters drafted to compensate for the absent Carmichael, rapper Wiz Khalifa, reliable Swedish hitmakers Max Martin & Shellback, and icy OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder gave the group a steely sleekness to suit contemporary charts. Some of this is retained on V, the 2014 record that marks Carmichael's return to the group, partially because all those guests save Khalifa return for a second helping. The absence of the rapper suggests Maroon 5 aren't quite as concerned with sounding youthful as they were last time around, which is generally true. Some tracks maintain the glossy veneer that overwhelmed Overexposed -- not entirely a surprise with Martin billed as the record's executive producer -- and, despite some unnecessary vocal processing on Levine scattered throughout the record, these are largely the ones featuring returning guests: Tedder co-writes and co-produces the album's lead single, "Maps," a song where Levine's Sting mannerisms steamroll the hooks," while Shellback helms "Animals," "In Your Pocket," and "Feelings," with all but the last placing emphasis on brittle beats. Elsewhere, the vibe shifts slightly back to the soulful pop that's remained at Maroon 5's core since the beginning, here given an ever so slight maturation to balance the modern moves heard on the rest of the record. Sometimes, the group achieves a delicate balance between the two extremes -- "It Was Always You," "New Love," and the aforementioned "Feelings" -- but the best moments on V are when Maroon 5 embrace the tuneful, slightly soulful adult contemporary pop band they've always been, as they do on "Sugar," "Coming Back for You," and the Gwen Stefani duet "My Heart Is Open."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
Label:
222 Records
UPC:
0602537957927
catalogNumber:
002149502

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maroon 5   Primary Artist
Mike Posner   Vocals
Adam Levine   Guitar,Vocals
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Sam Farrar   Background Vocals
Luke   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Jason Fields   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Phil Peterson   Strings
Jesse Carmichael   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mickey Madden   Bass
James Valentine   Guitar
Johan Carlsson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
PJ Morton   Keyboards
Matt Flynn   Percussion,Drums
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Shawn Tellez   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Shellback   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ross Golan   Background Vocals
Cirkut   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Ammo   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Aryn Wüthrich   Background Vocals
Travis Leete   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sam Schamberg   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ryan Jackson-Healy   Background Vocals
Ashley Cahill   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Doug McKean   Engineer
Mike Posner   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Adam Levine   Composer,Producer
Max Martin   Programming,Executive Producer,Vocal Engineer
Stargate   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Sia   Composer
Noel Zancanella   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Danny D.   Executive Producer
Luke   Programming,Instrumentation
Maroon 5   Programming,Instrumentation
Jordan Johnson   Composer
Nate Ruess   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Johan Carlsson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer
Linda Carbone   Publicity
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer
Rocwell   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Todd Russell   Art Direction
Astma   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Noah Passovoy   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Jason Evigan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Joshua Coleman   Composer
Henry Walter   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Ross Golan   Composer
Ozgo   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Oscar Görres   Composer
Artie Smith   Instrument Technician
Tobias Jimson   Composer
Andre Lindal   Composer,Producer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Stefan Johnson   Composer,Vocal Producer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Marcus Lomax   Composer
Jonathan Sher   Engineer
Chris Sclafani   Engineer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Carleen Donovan   Publicity
Michel Flygare   Composer
Matthew Tryba   Engineer
Ammo   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Monsters & Strangerz   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Isaiah Tejada   Vocal Producer
Sam Martin   Composer,Vocal Producer
Jacob Hindlen   Composer
Jung Lee   Cover Art
Henry Walter   Composer

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V 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album/CD is as awesome as all of their previous ones! It is rare that I love every song on every album of a favorite singer/group. But such is the case with every Maroon 5 release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
musicloverKD More than 1 year ago
This album is good, but not great.  I like their earlier music better than this CD or the last Overexposed.   It just seems to me they have lost the sound that attracted me to their music in the first place.
NordicMyth More than 1 year ago
I really like Maroon 5's music but am a bit disappointed with this CD. It seems a little too slow compared to their previous CD's