A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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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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.