Newly Married Adam Levine Hasn’t Changed His Tune on V

Christa Banister

Artist: Maroon 5
Title: V
Label: Interscope

In what’s surely the celebrity universe’s version of the Apocalypse, not one, but two notorious playboys who vowed to never, ever settle down have done just that in 2014.

While actor George Clooney is slated to get hitched later this month, Adam Levine, the frontman of Maroon 5 who got a great big fistbump from the masses from being a coach on “The Voice,” actually married one of the many, many models he’s dated back, namely Victoria’s Secret alum Behati Prinsloo, in July.

But if anyone thinks that Adam “putting a ring on it” has changed much about Maroon 5’s music, think again. Any sort of perspective from the newly committed isn’t evident on his band’s latest album V. It’s just more of the same, musically and lyrically speaking.

Thanks to veritable ubiquity on Top-40 radio ever since its debut, Songs About Jane released back in 2002, Maroon 5 has carved out a pretty comfortable niche. Now with the follow-up to Overexposed, the guys are clearly employing the whole “if it isn’t broke, why fix it?” mentality.

From the predictable span-the-genres electronic pop instrumentation they choose for the accompaniment to the catchy hooks that punctuate every chorus to the clichéd, faux-confessional ruminations on lost love, new love and sexuality, it’s exactly what you’d expect from Maroon 5—and nothing more. One can’t help wondering how long the party will go on with listeners when Maroon 5 simply maintains status quo, but for now it seems to be working.

What has ramped up significantly, however, the blatant references to sexual acts on V. While the band has done plenty of alluding to these outside-of-marriage encounters in the past with provocative its lyrics and album art, V significantly ups the ante. From explicit talk of affairs in “In Your Pocket” to the suggestive discussion of copulation in “Animals” to talk of casual sex, certain bedroom preferences and affairs in “Feelings,” V doesn’t exactly do much for the cause of monogamy. If anything, it’s another reminder of how empty superficial relationships are.

*Published 9/16/2014