Video Review: Maroon 5, ‘Animals’

IMG_3811If Adam Levine is not on the set of a Criminal Minds episode then he sure is great as acting as a creeper. The video concept matches the song perfectly although some might find it gory. The video is set around Adam Levine who is a butcher, how appropriate hence the title of the song, ‘Animals’. It begins with this lady (Adam’s wife, Behati Prinsloo) walking into the butcher shop, receiving her order, and Adam looking on like a creeper (yes! a creeper). The video shows visions of him stalking her, following her into a bar, getting into her home, taking pictures, and eventually having sex with her. The scene that took the cake, aside from Adam seining on a butchered animal, was the he and his leading lady DRENCHED in ‘blood’. Again it might be a bit gory for some. Overall, I appreciate the concept and thought put into the video, BUT stalking is a real issue. I know, I know, it’s just a video, but hey you never know who’s watching.

Check out the video below:

New Music: Maroon 5 x J. Cole, ‘Animals (Remix)’

I recently posted that Maroon 5 had teamed up with Big Sean for the ‘Maps’ remix and now they are teaming up with yet another rapper for their remix to ‘Animals’. I absolutely LOVE it and the element that J. Cole adds to it. Be sure to click the links below to the latest Maroon 5 posts.

Listen to the remix below:

‘Maps’ Remixed

Maroon-5-Maps-Reflex-Remix-feat.-Big-Sean-2014Maroon 5’s lead single to their 5th studio album, V, has been remixed. The first remix features Big Sean and a dub step type beat. From first listen I didn’t really think I’d like it, but it works. It has that hard hitting bass feel that sounds a lot like what’s on urban radio. It slows down to that dragging beat, then moves back into that club beat style. Overall, I like it. Listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/igapromotion/maroon-5-maps-remix-big-sean

 

Maroon-5-Maps-Rumba-Whoa-Remix-2014-LQThen there is the Rhumba Whoa Remix which is more true to the original beat. There’s really nothing different about it, they sound EXACTLY the same. The only noticeable difference is that ‘you’ and ‘do’ is skipped instead of sung repetitively. The J. Balvin feature which comes in at 2:34. Compared to the other remix, eh, I’m not really a fan. It did nothing for me.

Listen below:

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Maroon 5 & Meghan Trainor Top The Charts

1408483776000-AP-MEGHAN-TRAINOR-PORTRAIT-SESSIONS-66344664After weeks of surging up the Billboard Hot 100, Meghan Trainor has taken the #1 spot with her platinum track, ‘All About That Bass’. After Taylor Swift‘s 2 week  reign for ‘Shake It Off’, ‘All About That Bass’ takes over the spot after spending 9 weeks on the chart. She’s also released new music as well with her EP, TitleOf course her smash is featured along with three other tracks. That review will come soon.

Elsewhere on the Hot 100 Nicki Minaj’s, ‘Anaconda’ sits tight at #3 with another track of hers ‘Bang Bang’ (with Jessie J & Ariana Grande) in at #4. Holding the 5th slot is Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Black Widow’ featuring Rita Ora. In at #6 is Sam Smith’s, ‘Stay With Me’, which is followed by previous #1 spot ‘Rude’ (Magic!). Ariana Grande’s, ‘Break Free’, remains on the Hot 100 in at #8, with Maroon 5’s ‘Maps‘ moving back into the top 10. Closing out is Sia’s, ‘Chandelier’,in at #10.

maroon 5 vOver on the Billboard 200 Maroon 5 scores their 2nd #1 album with their 5th studio album, V (CLICK HERE for review). The album sold 164,000 copies in its first week making sales less than its previous effort, Overexposed

In at #2 is Young Jeezy’s latest album, Seen It All: The Autobiographywith 121,000 copies sold. For 3-10:

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Album Review: V (Deluxe Edition)


maroon 5 vMaroon 5 released their 5th studio album, V, September 2nd as the follow-up to their 2012 album, Overexposed (CLICK HERE for that review). features 12 tracks on the standard edition with lead singles: ‘Maps’, ‘Animals’, and ‘It Was Always You’. The deluxe edition features three additional tracks: ‘Shoot Love’, ‘Sex and Candy’, and ‘Lost Stars’ from Begin Again. 

The album is available online via iTunes ($9.99 standard; $12.99 deluxe), Amazon ($11.99; deluxe), and retailers Walmart and Target. There are various Walmart specials one in particular, the V ZinePak ($17.88), features two additional tracks, ‘Maps (Slaptop Remix)’ and ‘Maps (Remix)’ featuring Big Sean. Target retails the album for $19.99, deluxe, and $13.00 for the standard. You can catch them on sale for $14.99 and $9.99, respectively. As always, get the deluxe, it’s more for you buck.

Moving on to the review. I will say after listening to the album in its entirety I love it way more than I did Overexposed. I’ve been a Maroon 5 fan since I first heard ‘Harder to Breathe’. Read my Then & Now Thursday (V.): Maroon 5 for all my thoughts on my favorite band. I wasn’t a fan of Overexposed to be honest. It was just so much on that album that from first listen I could do without. Of course it spawned commercial hits, but that’s just it; Maroon 5 was commercial.

My Top 5:

  • ‘Maps’
  • ‘Animals’
  • ‘Leaving California’
  • ‘New Love’
  • ‘Feelings’

My favorite out of those 5 would have to be ‘Feelings’. I was expecting more of their collab with Gwen Stefani (track 11), ‘My Heart Is Open’. It has grown on me as I’ve listened to the album multiple times, but I was honestly expecting more. I was expecting an upbeat or hard hitting bass track similar to their collab with Chrisitna Aguilera. Not that upbeat, but again not a ballad. It’s not my favorite on the album.

Another track that caught me off guard was ‘Unkiss Me’. The beat reminded me of Usher’s, ‘Love In This Club’. It’s not a song that I would expect on a Maroon 5 album, but as the beat went on I started to get into it. Out of the three bonus tracks, while I do like ‘Lost Stars’ my favorite
is ‘Shoot Love’.

Lyrically the album is like a tit for tat of being in love. One minute he’s trying to get back with her (‘Maps’) then they’re head over heels for each other (‘Animals’) and they cement their love (‘It Was Always You’). Then he’s over the whole relationship (‘Unkiss Me’). So and and so forth. Whether the album was meant to be a story the tracks all connected in someway. Not including the bonus tracks.

Overall I give the album a 4/5. My favorite track from the entire album is ‘Feelings’ and I hope it’s released as a single which of course comes with a visual. I still can’t wait to see the visual for ‘Animals’. Aside from wanting to hear ‘Feelings’ on the radio I could see a push for ‘My Heart Is Open’, although ballads aren’t really played on the radio as much. I would also like to hear ‘New Love’ and ‘In Your Pocket’ (track 7) seems simple enough to be radio friendly.

Stream the album below (via Spotify):