The Bottom Line
Maroon 5 continue their journey into perky, mainstream pop territory. This time they adopt a reggae beat for summer pop radio. It is all cheerful, upbeat and fun to hear. However, "One More Night" does sound a bit formulaic. Will we get bored with this version of Maroon 5 soon?
- Catchy reggae-drenched musical production
- Adam Levine's confident pop vocals
- A tendency to sound formulaic
- Written by Adam Levine, Shellback, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha
- Included on the album Overexposed
- Released June 2012 by A&M / Octone
Guide Review - Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
From the first "Ooo ooo" chorus out of Adam Levine's mouth to kick off "One More Night," mainstream pop fans will know they are about to be hooked once again by today's extremely pop friendly version of Maroon 5. It is underlined by a reggae beat, and you can almost feel the warmth of the sun. There is a bit of a disconnect when the lyrics kick off with, "You and I go hard at each other like we're goin' to war," but the catchiness of the music is irresistible. Adam Levine may sing words that say he is miserable in a dysfunctional relationship, but you can't tell it by the mood conveyed in the music.
Swedish producer and songwriter Max Martin has the surest touch in the music industry today when it comes to making hit records. He is overseeing the Overexposed album project, and "One More Night" bears his unmistakable musical fingerprints. There is no doubt that "One More Night" has pop hit written all over it. It should have no difficulty following in the footsteps of the hits "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone." It is quite easy to like "One More Night," but I'm not convinced it is easy to love.
What is the problem? Maroon 5 are beginning to sound not only Overexposed, as the title of their album suggests, but also a bit forced and predictable. Adam Levine's singing about being guilt-ridden over his part in relationship hell above a sunny musical production is feeling somewhat like formula. However, for now, enjoy the song's simple charms, and there will be much more to examine when the album Overexposed hits stores.