By Maddison Young
THE PERISCOPE (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
Maroon 5 knows what’s “Best 4 U” as their new album shows.
Red Pill Blues, Maroon 5’s new album, displays failed romance consistently throughout the entire album. The 15-song album lasts a little over an hour with each song a little over 3 minutes.
Although failed romance is a pretty consistent theme, this isn’t the end of its importance. Signs of successful love are also present. Red Pill Blues has a softer upbeat tone to it and more melancholy feel.
The album includes songs like “Bet My Heart,” which has an electronic sound but also has great acoustic.
Many of their old albums include instruments such as guitar, drums, bass, all vital inclusions of the new album. This helps to make not only their albums consistent but also their unique musical style.
Red Pill Blues features artists such as SZA, Kendrick Lamar, Future, A$AP Rocky, and other current chart-toppers, leading to an all-around immersive experience.
Although this album has many upsides to it, it also has its downsides. In the song “Closure,” there is an extremely long instrumental part. Instrumental sections are great additions to a song but in “closure” the instrumental overtures dimish the meaning expressed through the lyrics. The Instrumental also drags on past the point of enjoyment and led me to skip the middle portion of the song.
In addition to this, there are a couple of songs that are rather repetitive. These songs include, “Don’t Wanna Know,” and “What Lovers Do.” Despite the repetitiveness, I have found myself attached to their refrains and chorusing the main beats with friends and family.
The album also includes explicit songs such as “Denim Jacket” and “Cold (ft. Future)”. There are only two songs that are explicit which makes it family friendly for the most part considering that the explicit songs are limited.
The album cover includes a rather interesting take on what’s popular today. It includes all seven of the members wearing a different Snapchat filter. Since Snapchat is extremely popular within teens, the album cover appeals to teens and gets them curious as to what it is about and want to listen to the album.
Red Pill Blues is definitely an album worth listening to. It has a variety of styles of music all within one album and features popular artists that many teens like.