It Won't Be Soon Before Long

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Lyrics are a bit more sexual than band's first CD.
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Positive Messages

Too whiny to have any kind of valuable message.

Violence

One song describes a violent reaction to an unfaithful lover.

Sex

There's a fair amount of sexual innuendo and a few explicit lines: "So give it up, and don't pretend/And spread your arms and legs across the bed" and "Struggled to memorize/The way it felt between your thighs/Pleasure that made you cry/Feels so good to be bad."

Language

"F--k" appears in the chorus of "Makes Me Wonder."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the word "f--k" is sprinkled a few times in "Makes Me Wonder." The boys love to sing about sex, although most of the lyrics are poetic enough to pass as innocuous. They do cross the line a few times ("So give it up, and don't pretend/And spread your arms and legs across the bed/And when you shake, you won't regret" and "Struggled to memorize/The way it felt between your thighs/Pleasure that made you cry/Feels so good to be bad," for example). One song talks about catching someone cheating on someone and shooting the secret lover. The rest is pleasant, safe (if whiny), cute-boy pop.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byMommieMolly April 9, 2008

It's not that bad... goes over young kids heads.

I'm a huge maroon 5 fan. They have talent. Most people sing about sex now, so it's not unusual. This cd is wonderful for kids around 12 and up.
Adult Written by040557 April 9, 2008

Offensive

I love the beat to most of the songs but once I read the lyrics, I was upset. I don't think there was an "explicit lyrics" warning when I purchas... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bywerewolfgirl February 23, 2010

AWESOME!

Maroon 5 rocks! they're the best! Adam sings really really good.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLightLittleLamb June 25, 2013

An outstanding album. For mature listeners only.

This is a great following to Maroon 5's debut Songs About Jane, but it's also far more mature. Sexual lyrics are frequent and so is swearing. Personal... Continue reading

What's the story?

Maroon 5's pleasant pop leans heavily on breakup songs on IT WON'T BE SOON BEFORE LONG, with one track after another addressing love gone sad. Whether wistful (\"You don't cry, you don't care anymore since you walked out the door\" on \"Not Falling Apart\"), resigned (\"It really makes me wonder if I ever gave a f--k about you\" on \"Makes Me Wonder\"), or vengeful (\"I had to shoot him dead so he won't come around here anymore\" on \"Wake Up Call\"), the band's perky delivery is at odds with its message. \"Wake Up Call\" has the most questionable content, about finding another man in your lover's bed and then shooting him. Other songs describe feelings that range from outrage to denial to apologetic acceptance after rejection -- and after a while, honestly, it gets a little tedious.

Is it any good?

Even though the band borrows heavily (if superficially) from a rich legacy of soul and R&B, there's no passion, soul, or spirit in these songs. The songs are ostensibly about the challenges of either maintaining or ending romantic relationships, but the glossy production and cute, hook-filled melodies make the less-than-clever lyrics sound as though they were phoned in. Teens going through their own breakups might find solace in these lyrics, others may simply find them whiny. Either way, this is not a "first-date" CD -- its bleak lyrics, coupled with the band's apathetic delivery, will inspire just about anything but romance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issue of romantic or sexual jealousy as described in the song "Wake Up Call." How do you handle feelings of jealousy, or breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend? Is it possible to get through the pain and become friends?

Music details

  • Artist: Maroon 5
  • Release date: May 22, 2007
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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