Maroon 5

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Average User Rating 9.46
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Maroon 5 begins tour a on strong note
Venue/Date: TD Banknorth Garden (Boston, MA)
Concert Date:  
October 13th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.23

Maroon 5 enchants crowd with high-energy pop

By Lauren Carter
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Updated 16h ago

By Monday night at the TD Banknorth Garden, a few things had changed: Lead singer Adam Levine’s faux-hawk had meandered into mohawk territory, the lanky frontman had eliminated the twirls from his dance repertoire, and there was enough room onstage to plant a giant M there, giving Levine plenty of room to dance.

But even in a less intimate setting, the pop-rock quintet was just as enthralling.

Levine was scruffy, gelled-up and chiseled, working the protruding legs of the stage to maximum capacity. Guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer Matt Flynn and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael deserve much of the credit for the well-oiled machine that is Maroon 5, but they let Levine play the star and remained mostly in the smoky shadows onstage.

It’s understandable. Levine’s voice is a rare instrument, and his swagger is undeniable. He may have been slightly out of breath from all the running on “This Love,” and seemingly overtaxed on the demanding “Shiver,” but you could easily forgive him. He more than compensated for it with impressive guitar work and radio-readyvocals throughout the night, plus a drum solo leading into “Little of Your Time.”

The band’s 80-minute set opened with “If I Never See Your Face Again,” off its 2007 sophomore effort, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.” That led into the disco funk of “Makes Me Wonder,” when Levine put down his guitar and began working the stage in earnest..
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Maroon 5 are Back!
Venue/Date: The Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)
Concert Date:  
June 14th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.68
Music Review: Maroon 5 at Bowery Ballroom
BY J. EDWARD KEYES
Special to Newsday
June 12, 2007

"This is an intimate venue," announced Adam Levine, lead singer for the Los Angeles group Maroon 5 from the stage of the Bowery Ballroom Monday night. "So we're gonna have an intimate night." From any other singer, this would be a welcome invitation. But Levine's intimate nights have a way of ending in tumult.

Maroon 5's 2002 debut, "Songs About Jane," was essentially an album-length breakup on which Levine adopted a curious kind of persona: one part eager Lothario, two parts bitter ex-beau. "Does it kill, does it burn, is it painful to learn/That it's me that has all the control?" he seethes before the record is even five minutes old. He does not say whether the question is rhetorical.

That character gets a bit more play on the just-released "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," a record of immaculate and generally airless pop that in its best moments recalls Stevie Wonder in the '70s and in its worst recalls Stevie Wonder in the '80s. There are also nods -- long, sustained nods -- to The Police and Hall & Oates, sparkling set dressing against which Levine can break both hearts and promises.

Sure enough, the tumultuousness eventually arrived on Monday, but it came not from Levine's words but from the band's surprising ferocity.

For much of the evening they exuded a veteran's comfort, letting songs roll out long past their endpoints and ratcheting them up to thundering conclusions. "Sunday Morning" fitfully pitched and rolled, Levine's swooping vocals arcing high above the band's churning funk.
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