Songs About Jane

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Not groundbreaking, but a solid listen.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

It's all fine.

Violence

No violence here.

Sex

A bit of very mild innuendo; nothing explicit.

Language

Nothing offensive.

Consumerism

No obvious commercialism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing to speak of.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's no extraordinary songwriting here, but also nothing to offend. The bit of mild sexual innuendo will fly right over the heads of kids who aren't ready to hear it.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMmickeymyheroV April 9, 2008
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Yum,

Man, you guys need to open your eyes. Adam Levine even says it himself, this is an extremely sexual album. But as you can see from the kids' reviews, it... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byErin_aimeee March 9, 2014

Great band and album

I think parents should know that in Harder to breathe Adam drops the f-bomb in the first part of the song. The rest of the songs are good for teens. Catchy song...
Teen, 14 years old Written byesmith015 January 7, 2013

Songs About Jane

Adam Levine is a great singer and is very enthusiastic about is music. Although if you listen closely to one of the songs, one of them has 1 pretty strong cuss... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how listening to enthusiastic performers can be contagious to the listener. Does this add to the success of a CD?

Music details

  • Artist: Maroon 5
  • Release date: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Octone
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 31, 2015

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