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Adam Levine featuring Maroon 5
For the past twenty-one years, Maroon 5 has been epically thriving and amplifying in the music business. Maroon 5 originated in Los Angeles, California. The group was known as Kara’s Flowers in 1994, and then became Maroon 5 in 2001. This was not the only change for the sprouting band; their sound went from grunge to lively pop rock. Maroon 5’s most well-known artist, Adam Levine pours his heart and emotions into the album that sky rockets their career. Songs about Jane was based on Adam’s tragic love story with his high school sweetheart, Jane. Adam says in an interview with MTV News, “there was at least one line in every song about her (Jane).” Just within the top four singles we see two different sides Adam has with his heartache. We see an angry and vengeful side through “This Love” and “Harder to Breathe” but with the other two popular singles “Sunday Morning” and “She Will Be Loved” we see a sensitive and romantic side to Adam. Adam Levine was not always the “sexiest man alive” (People’s magazine) or a legendary rock star, he was a normal guy going through a devastating heartbreak. In the song “This Love”, Adam writes “I was so high I did not recognize / The fire burning in her eyes” (1-2); Levine was so high on love he didn’t recognize that his lover had other ideas and her own passions. This song shows how Adam felt comfortable in his relationship with Jane, even though she had surpassing plans than their relationship. When Adam writes “the fire” (2) he got lost in his own ego and self-assurance of their relationship while Jane’s intentions or “fire” were ignited somewhere else. The upbeat and jazzy sounds of the song leaves you feeling that he is very vengeful or angry with the relationship. Adam shows he is vengeful not only with the high intensity of the beat but also with the lyrics “This love has taken its toll on me/ She said Goodbye too many times before/ And her heart is breaking in front of me” (6-8). Adam Levine is exhausted by his relationship with this woman and hates being with her. She leaves constantly but guilt trips him into to letting her come back, which is the main reason why Adam was vengeful when he wrote this song.
Adam goes from being vengeful to romantic with the single from Songs About Jane, “Sunday Morning.” In this song, it opens with Adam and this girl enjoying some great cuddling weather with it being cold and rainy outdoors, nice and toasty indoors; “Sunday morning, rain is falling/ Steal some covers, share some skin” (1-2). Adam then turns very whimsical and writes “And I would gladly hit the road, get up and go if I knew/ That someday it would lead me back to you” (5-6). He would happily get up from bed as long as he knows he’ll eventually end up back with his lover. Adam most likely wrote this while thinking about the memories of Jane and him still together. The song is slow and beautiful to put emphasize on how happy he was at one point in their relationship. Adam uses great imagery and symbolism in the lyrics “Back and forth we sway like branches in a storm/ Change the weather, still together when it ends” (12-13). Adam is trying to express that their relationship has its ups and its downs, much like many other relationships. This is representing the sway of the trees in the storm, uneasy and unstable. But, when times get a little better and ‘skies look clear’ they’ll be together in the end; through the difficult times (storm) they’ll still stick together. Adam Levine uses this technique of comparing it to a storm, to make it sound more romantic and exotic. "Harder to Breathe" made the “top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts” (About.com) and the singles charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, becoming the number one single on the album Songs about Jane. “Harder to Breathe” really brings in an angry or irritated aspect to Adam’s heartache with its ‘rock and...
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