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Rock meets dance and soul, in this accomplished breakthrough album for the fine LA combo of good hearts that is Maroon 5.

The fun track 'Harder To Breathe' starts things off, followed by the very catchy, Randy Newmanesque 'This Love', with a very impressive soul-filled vocal by Adam Levine. Then the rocking 'Shiver' is notable for some superb guitar work by James Valentine.

The fourth track, the fantastic ballad, 'She Will Be Loved', with Levine's soaring vocals and inspirational music, make it the best song on the album, and 'Tangled' then keeps up the high standard. 'The Sun' has a good groove, with some psychedelic nuances, and 'Must Get Out', with its stomping rhythm from Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden, delicate touches, and interesting lyrics, make it one of the best tracks on the album.

Jazzy piano from Jesse Carmichael and Levine's crooning vocals at the beginning of 'Sunday Morning' give this song a 1940s feel, but it cleverly changes direction, though it's still the weakest song on the album. 'Secret' begins moodily and takes a while to get going, but the Levine/Rashida Jones vocal interaction works well. 'Through With You' is a lively rocker, and is followed by the strains of Carmichael's synth opening up a live version of 'Not Coming Home'. A good performance of a good song. The final track is 'Sweetest Goodbye' - a pleasant ending to a fine album.

The standard of songwriting on 'Songs About Jane' is high, with hardly any chaff. Even for the best and most experienced bands that's unusual, let alone a band who were just 'making it', like Maroon 5.

- Paul Rance/

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Songs About Jane [Australian Import] Classic Albums - Reviews

The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Beatles - Revolver
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles - The Beatles/The White Album

Blur - Parklife

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
David Bowie - Outside
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Doors - The Doors
Green Day - American Idiot
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Maroon5 - Songs About Jane
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

PIL/Public Image Ltd. - Flowers Of Romance
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Queen - A Night At The Opera

Stereophonics - Performance And Cocktails
10cc - How Dare You
Travis - The Man Who
The Verve - Urban Hymns 1990s to Contemporary Music Index


'Songs About Jane' Track Listing

Harder To Breathe (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
This Love (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
Shiver (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
She Will Be Loved (A. Levine, J. Valentine)
Tangled (A. Levine)
The Sun (A. Levine)
Must Get Out (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
Sunday Morning (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
Secret (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
Through With You (A. Levine, J. Carmichael)
Not Coming Home (A. Levine, J. Carmichael, R. Dusick)
Sweetest Goodbye (A. Levine)

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