Red Pill Blues

Red Pill Blues

by Maroon 5

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Overview

Set aside the unforced error of the title Red Pill Blues, an allusion to The Matrix that has also been co-opted by Men's Right Activists -- a group whose combative sensibility is the polar opposite of the perpetually smooth Maroon 5. Set aside, too, the album cover, where the group -- who now number seven -- are all decked out with Snapchat filters, a gambit that suggests the group is a bit too sensitive about their veteran status. Taken on its own musical terms, Red Pill Blues is a sleek, assured affair, one that sustains a seductive neon-streaked mood from beginning to end. Embracing their essential identity as a blue-eyed soul band, Maroon 5 update their sound through a bevy of producers, spearheaded by executive producer J Kash. Unlike its 2014 predecessor V, a generally fine album undercut by a slight brittleness in the Max Martin production and a desperation highlighted by the vulgarity of added single "This Summer," Red Pill Blues glides easily -- so easily that the extent of its EDM-inspired digital collage production isn't immediately apparent. One of the reasons the modern sheen doesn't blind is that every track pushes the groove front and center, but behind the rhythm there are strong song foundations. As such, Red Pill Blues doesn't play like a collective rhythmic and melodic hook in search of an ear: each cut unfolds with its own internal logic, with the different textures playing nicely off each other. Everything comes to a head on "Closure," an extended 11-minute smooth-funk jam that throws all the album's strict structure out the window. Its presence not only draws attention to how Maroon 5 can vamp, it also highlights the discipline behind the rest of Red Pill Blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602557618099
catalogNumber: 002674002
Rank: 7759

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maroon 5   Primary Artist
John Ryan   Vocals
Adam Levine   Guitar,Vocals
Sam Farrar   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jesse Carmichael   Guitar,Keyboards
Mickey Madden   Bass
James Valentine   Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Julian Bunetta   Keyboards
PJ Morton   Keyboards,Vocals
Matt Flynn   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
King Henry   Guitar
Shawn Tellez   Percussion
Noah Passovoy   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Jason Evigan   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jacob Kasher   Vocals
Julia Michaels   Vocals
Cirkut   Keyboards
Matt Farrar   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Phil Shaouy   Vocals
Ben Billions   Keyboards
Ricky Reed   Guitar
LunchMoney Lewis   Vocals
Charlie Puth   Vocals
Victoria Evigan   Vocals
Gian Stone   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Ryan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Adam Levine   Composer,Executive Producer
Sam Farrar   Producer,Additional Production
Jesse Carmichael   Vocal Producer
James Valentine   Vocal Producer
Diplo   Programming,Producer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Julian Bunetta   Composer,Programming,Producer
Teddy Geiger   Composer
Ben Diehl   Composer
Travis Schneider   Art Direction
King Henry   Programming,Producer
Eric Frederic   Composer
Andrew Haas   Composer
Eric Eylands   Engineer
Henry Allen   Composer
Phil Paul   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Noah Passovoy   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer,Additional Production
Jason Evigan   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jacob Kasher   Composer,Executive Producer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Alexander Izquierdo   Composer
Phil Shaouy   Composer
Ian Franzino   Composer
Ben Billions   Programming,Producer
Ricky Reed   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Tinashe Sibanda   Composer,Cover Art
Gamal Lewis   Composer
Solana Rowe   Composer
Charlie Puth   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Henry Walter   Composer
Starrah   Composer
Gian Stone   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Hector Delgado   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Additional Production

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