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Maroon 5 return with It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, the follow-up to their hugely successful Songs About Jane. The sound may be similar, with lead singer Adam Levineâ€šÃ„Ã´s distinctive vocals set to catchy, radio-friendly pop rhythms, but this time theyâ€šÃ„Ã´ve got a swagger. It makes sense: With their sound, their youth and Levineâ€šÃ„Ã´s movie star looks they set hearts and sales afire with their debut and theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re enjoying the fame.Maroon 5 is a little more world-wise, and while many songs are about love theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re tinged with cynicism. Levineâ€šÃ„Ã´s soulful falsetto belies an edge, but the feel is more naughty than dark as he sings, â€šÃ„ÃºFeels so good to be bad.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Confidence is in full bloom on the synth-heavy dance track â€šÃ„ÃºIf I Never See Your Face Again,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a detached take on a doomed relationship: â€šÃ„ÃºYouâ€šÃ„Ã´re with another man / I wonder if heâ€šÃ„Ã´s half / The lover that I am.â€šÃ„Ã¹
The upbeat â€šÃ„ÃºMakes Me Wonderâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is the type of song thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s nearly impossible not to sing along to. Never mind that itâ€šÃ„Ã´s about losing hope, with Levine singing, â€šÃ„ÃºGive me something to believe in / because I donâ€šÃ„Ã´t believe in you anymore.â€šÃ„Ã¹
There are a few heart-on-their-sleeve songs like â€šÃ„ÃºMiss You, Love Youâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºNothing Lasts Forever,â€šÃ„Ã¹ which provide a good balance to the id thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s embraced on most of the CD. The spirit is much more earnest and the tone, nicer. “Better That We Breakâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is touching as Levine sings â€šÃ„ÃºIâ€šÃ„Ã´m not fine / Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m in pain / Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s harder everyday.â€šÃ„Ã¹
Maroon 5 deliver with It Wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t Be Soon Before Long. Their sound hasnâ€šÃ„Ã´t changed much, with mostly danceable and highly enjoyable tracks, although thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s a little edge with Levine playing the bad boy and heartbreaker. Heâ€šÃ„Ã´s right: It feels good to be bad.