Genres, International, Pop, Rock

Maroon 5’s ‘Love Somebody’: Interesting, Cold Play-ish but Not Quite.

When Maroon 5 came out with their first album Songs about Jane in 2002, I knew that this band would be bigger in the coming years. And I was right.

Their most recent offering is Overexposed, the album which also contains Payphone which reached #2 on Billboard and One More Night. Their fourth single is Love Somebody, the one which reached #9 on its release. Yes, it’s the one with the abstract-like artsy, music video.

And on that note, I would suppose that the video is a bit out of the ordinary and quite interesting. But everything else fell flat for me.

The lyrics may strike some chord because it talks about considering the idea of falling head over heels in love, finally, after years of being scared of commitment.

“But if I fall for you, I’ll never recover
If I fall for you, I’ll never be the same”

That part of the first verse is very romantic, I’m sure a lot of girls are swooning somewhere. The words are so straightforward, I thought it was brilliant. But it was completely ruined by:

“I really wanna love somebody
I really wanna dance the night away”

Dance? Where? That was something which, for me, did not jive with the rest of the lyrics. I realize, of course, that the background music used here is very techno which means that this song can actually be played and danced to in clubs. But I just didn’t get it.

Which brings me to my next point: Maroon 5 seems to be really having fun with techno. Yes, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ was fun and all but this song might have worked so well if it were simpler and more laid back. Now, Adam’s high range in singing just seems unnaturally high-pitched.

I’m not the only one who noticed that this sounds quite like the type of music that the British band Cold Play makes. But it is just so pop which somehow ruined it all.

But from someone like me who thinks ‘Sunday Morning’ was ingenious and ‘Sweetest Goodbye’ was the sexiest song ever, ‘Love Somebody’ is some follow up on their “This Love”. It just didn’t work quite as well.

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