It Won't Be Soon Before Long

 
Lyrics are a bit more sexual than band's first CD.

What parents need to know

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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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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byLightLittleLamb June 25, 2013
age 13+
 

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. Personally, I don't mind it. Great music is great music. And I actually appreciate it when they carry some meaning. You know, sometimes nothing is more empowering and honest than a curse word. That's why I very often prefer explicit versions to clean ones. However, I do have to keep in mind that I don't share the same opinion with everyone. If you are a teen (or even an adult) who is not comfortable with heavier content, maybe this is not for you. I would never give this to a young listener without supervision. But I wouldn't want this kid to be completely devoid of this amazing work as well. If you are a parent, how about letting your not so mature child listen to tracks such as the heartfelt "Won't Go Home Without You"? You can take a look at the album and take out whatever you feel like it's too much. But one track I would most definitely skip is "Kiwi". Although I guiltily love it, it's probably the dirtiest song Maroon 5 has ever written. It won't be that hard to find lyrics as bad as "Sweet Kiwi/Your juices dripping down on me", which is part of the chorus.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bywerewolfgirl February 23, 2010
age 10+
 

AWESOME!

Maroon 5 rocks! they're the best! Adam sings really really good.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old December 23, 2012
age 10+
 

Grail, but too much sex!

Good classic album. The only questionate song is "Makes Me Wonder" for heavy explicit language. "D**n, f**k" appear in the song. But they are murmured and hardly heard. The entire album has a secondary story about living with a bad relationship.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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