A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Maroon 5's SONGS ABOUT JANE is a rock & pop hybrid, a fusion tried by other artists with varying degrees of success. These guys pull it off nicely. The songs are formulaic with catchy hook lines, making liberal use of boy-band-style vocal harmonies and some arrangements that may come off as feeling a little too predictable. But there's also a solid, funky rhythm section and some wonderfully soulful, retro-style instrumental tracks. Most notable are Adam Levin's lead vocals, expressive and feisty, soaring and soulful. With the band's tightly structured musical support, they are impressive without sounding self-conscious.
Is it any good?
There's nothing groundbreaking on this album, but excellent vocal performances and a terrific rhythm section carry the day. Finally catching on after a couple of years on the record store shelves, Songs About Jane is worth a second listen. The guys in Maroon 5 sound like they're having a blast, and that's a wonderful thing for any young music fan to hear.