Adam Levine has gone from singing about stereo hearts to public telephones, via Maroon 5's lead "Overexposed" single, "Payphone," a catchy pop jam that features Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa and aims to be a "Moves Like Jagger"-like smash.
Levine has said this is the band's poppiest album yet (it was executive produced by Max Martin, after all), and "Payphone" certainly underscores that statement.
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Hear the full "Payphone" at RyanSeacrest.com
Following a bit of a commercial fumble with third LP "Hands All Over," Levine has spent the past year honing his pop sensibility by serving as a coach on "The Voice," pairing up with Gym Class Heroes for "Stereo Hearts" and Christina Aguilera for the megahit "Moves Like Jagger."
All of those influences are evident here on the extremely Top 40-friendly "Payphone," which finds the singer utilizing his soaring tenor on the catchy chorus and sharing vocal chores with Khalifa.
It's uncertain if the song will indeed spark a rise in the use of payphones throughout the world. But, at the very least, it should cause a rise in the cranking up of speaker knobs.
What do you think of Maroon 5's new single? Is it a smash hit or a total miss?
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Great song - would've been better without the Rap portion of it... but it's all good.
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