Celebrating 10 years since its release, Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane - 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
contains a two-CD set of original song demos, including previously unreleased songs such as “Take What You Want,” “Woman” and “Chilly Winter,” as well as “Rag Doll” and an alternative mix of “The Sun.”
The second disc provides access to a pair of videos on maroon5.com when inserted into a computer, including unreleased in-studio footage of the making of Songs About Jane
as well as the official electronic press kit for the album.
Maroon 5 aren't the first band to fuse R&B and rock, but they're certainly one of the most convincing. On Songs About Jane
, one can almost hear Stevie Wonder
's beaded dreadlocks clattering in time to their deep, funky grooves. At best, the band conjure up latter-day Motown, complete with a shuddering organ and hyperbolic vocals; at worst, they sound like a stylised boy band, with all the attendant close harmonies and dramatic pauses. Despite these musical schisms, Maroon 5 are a thoroughly engaging outfit, thanks to throbbing basslines, hooky songs and lead singer Adam Levin's swaggering delivery. --Jaan Uhelszki