Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long

December 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM | Posted in Maroon 5 | Leave a comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long

1. If I Never See Your Face Again
2. Makes Me Wonder
3. Little Of Your Time
4. Wake Up Call
5. Won’t Go Home Without You
6. Nothing Lasts Forever
7. Can’t Stop
8. Goodnight Goodnight
9. Not Falling Apart
10. Kiwi
11. Better That We Break
12. Back At Your Door
13. Infatuation

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It Won’t Be Soon Before Long is the second album by American band Maroon 5, released on May 16, 2007. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling around 430,000 copies in its first week and, as of 2011, approximately 5 million copies worldwide.

The album opens with If I Never See Your Face Again, the solo version without Rihanna that is. It instantly shows the funkier side of the rock music they’re pursuing for this album. I knew the version with Rihanna before I heard this one so I had to get used to the lack of synths in this version, but they made it more pop than it’s supposed to be anyway. I really like this song and it’s the first of many favorites on this album.

The next one follows immediately: Makes Me Wonder, which is probably also one of their best songs ever. What I like best here is the catchy guitar riffs throughout the track and Adam’s amazing vocals in the chorus. I love his unique voice anyway so the guy can do no wrong tbqh. Whenever this song plays, I put it on full volume. Fun fact: it’s another great example of their ‘borderline porn lyrics’: ‘The way it felt between your thighs | Pleasure that made you cry‘…

Little Of Your Time is the fastest song on the album, and although its chorus is very simple, catchy and memorable I wouldn’t say this is one of my all time favorites on the album. It’s also the shortest track so it won’t give you much time anyway. The chorus is the highlight when it comes to the perfectly layered vocals with Adam singing the lines in one pitch and an exact octave higher, very nice. Some of the lyrics are probably about sex again but WHO CARES at this point, haha.

Wake Up Call is the bad-ass song on the album, with Adam singing about how he shot the guy his girl was sleeping with behind his back. ‘Six foot tall, came without a warning | So I had to shoot him dead‘. Very happy, right? Still, it’s one of those tracks that can give you goosebumps even though it has ‘melancholy’ written all over. Another favorite on the album to be honest, although I’m probably not gonna make you guys buy it now but you really gotta give it a try if you don’t know the song yet.

Wikipedia is telling me Won’t Go Home Without You is a ballad, but since I’m pretty stubborn I’m gonna tell you: it’s not. It does have emotional lyrics, I have to hand it to Adam. Too bad the song just drops right in without an introduction but it doesn’t take longer than a couple of seconds to really get into the song. Once you’re into it, it sounds pretty good. Not a ballad, but okay, a very good midtempo pop/rock track then.

When I heard  the chorus of Nothing Lasts Forever for the first time, I instantly recognized the lyrics and melody from the Kanye West song ‘Heard ‘Em Say’, which features Adam Levine (what a coincidence). Then again I would always pick the Maroon 5 version over that one because this is so much more appealing (and the melodies are less flat and dead). Adam’s voice comes out way better in this version as well, I don’t think he should ever get involved with hiphop again haha.

Can’t Stop is like Little Of Your Time: a short and fast song with lots of attitude. When it comes to the latter it beats Little Of Your Time by far, but you have to admit the tracks have certain things in common. The electric guitar playing the same melody over and over again in the background is very catchy and the first thing that you will remember about the track (besides the ridiculous lyric ‘…making love to a pillow‘). Verses and choruses flow seamlessly into each other together they make for a pretty good track.

If I have to pick one track that is my least favorite one on the album, it has to be the fifth single Goodnight Goodnight. It’s a heartfelt song that could’ve easily been a leftover track from their first album ‘Songs About Jane’. Although the lyrics are very emotional (‘I’m sorry, I did not mean to hurt my little girl | It’s beyond me, I cannot carry the weight of a heavy world‘), I’m gonna have to say I’m not really touched or anything. Still, I’m not saying it’s a bad track. Just making comparisons here.

Not Falling Apart on the other hand is again one of the best tracks on the album. Also not one of the happiest tracks on the album, it touches me more than Goodnight Goodnight did. ‘Now I can’t walk, I can’t talk anymore | Since you walked out the door | Now I’m stuck living out that night again | I’m not falling apart‘. The way Adam sings the title words, that’s exactly my favorite part of the song. One of the most perfect examples of a heartfelt uptempo Maroon track.

Aaaaahhh it’s Kiwi! That deliciously controversive track with the lyrics that crack you up every single time! ‘Sweet kiwi, your juices dripping down my chin‘, like… ew. STILL, it’s very enjoyable and quircky, and it has a very nice arrangement. It’s a little heavier than in some of the other tracks on the album, especially when the electric guitar solo comes along in the bridge (goosebump alert) and it also makes it very memorable. But nothing can beat those lyrics, right?

From wet erotics to a piano ballad. Better That We Break is still battling with Makes Me Wonder to be crowned as the very best track on the album, but after a couple of years I still haven’t found a winner so let’s make it a joint first place shall we. As the first real ballad on the album, the thing that captures me most is the amazing piano melody by Jesse Carmichael. Maroon has a lone ballad on every album and I’m lucky this is one of their best yet. Definitely worth a recommendation.

Back At Your Door also gives a unique twist to the album. In fact, it seems as if the entire second half of the album features several different musical styles. From sexy to emotional, to this bluesy showstopper. It’s the only song on the album that hasn’t been written or co-written by Adam, but has been the work of Jesse only. He did a very good job putting together this amazing standout track, and it proves that Maroon 5 can do more than just catchy pop/rock.

As a bonus track we have Infatuation, and it took its time to grow on me but now I really like it. It has this amazing ‘question and answer’ part in the bridge, with Adam singing his lines and an electric guitar playing its great solos as an answer. It’s not a very catchy song or anything, but it has that sensual slow tempo and great vocals by Adam that makes it hard to forget.

I just had to review this album because I’ve had it on repeat this week and I just can’t stop listening to it ❤  It’s still Maroon 5’s best album and I’m so glad I have an original CD version with booklet and everything, I’m so addicted to this album. And I’ve only been listening to it for a year, while I knew some of the songs before. Guess it never occured to me that this album was filled with great songs that brought out the best in Adam, Jesse, Mickey, James and Ryan. They did an amazing job on all the songs. Adam’s vocals and songwriting (together with Jesse), James’ lead guitar and the instrumental backup by Mickey and Ryan never fails to amaze me when put together. These guys have come a long way, I’m curious about their fifth studio album!

Favorite tracks: If I Never See Your Face Again | Makes Me Wonder | Wake Up Call | Won’t Go Home Without You | Nothing Lasts Forever | Can’t Stop | Not Falling Apart | Kiwi | Better That We Break | Back At Your Door | Infatuation

OVERALL RATING
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5 stars

*EDIT*: OMFG you guys I just bought tickets for their Overexposed concert tour, CAN I FANGIRL ABOUT THIS PLEASE <333

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