Maroon 5 Releases New Single, The Vamps sing with Demi, and John Legend Goes Country?

Singles, singles, singles. The summer is here and everyone is dropping new music! From newcomers The Vamps to veterans Maroon 5 there is no shortage of band love, and John Legend goes Country?

“Maps”-Maroon 5

Maroon 5 Teases fans for new single "Maps"
Maroon 5 Teases fans for new single “Maps”

Maroon 5 released their newest single “Maps” yesterday and I instantly fell in love. The single is the leading single off of the band’s upcoming fifth album, V.

There are a few things about this song that make it work for the band. For one front man, Adam Levine, has this really great voice. I have always been a fan of his vocal ability. It’s sweetly delivered and possess great emotion and texture when he sings.

I actually like that he sings in a higher register because it’s something different that stands out among other artist in the game right now.

On top of that, if you actually sit and listen to the lyrics of a Maroon 5 song, they are very deep and relatable. I think the only thing that distracts from actually listening is the fact that most of the time the lyrics are placed on top of a dance or weirdly uptempo beat.

Maroon 5's new single "Maps" is available for download on ITunes.
Maroon 5’s new single “Maps” is available for download on ITunes.

“Maps” is just another example of that. The beat makes you want to dance and just has this “feel-good” quality to it that is infectious. Yet it is a bit distracting to the lyrics, also Levine’s annunciation is hard to follow sometimes.

But aside from that this song is very beautiful, and beautifully constructed. Those sweet high notes and playful delivery of some lines really keeps a listener intrigued for the whole song.

I am really enjoying this feel, but am a bit scared that a lot of their recent songs are starting to all sound the same. Yet, I am excited to see what the boys come up with next.

The single is now available for download on ITunes, get yourself a copy and get ready for their new album V.

“All of Me” (Country Version)

I realize this is a late review, but I just found this song.

John Legend's "All of Me" Country Single.
John Legend’s “All of Me” Country Single.

I’m not quite sure why, but lately country and R&B/Pop artist have been collaborating a lot. From Nelly and Jason Derulo to Ludacris and now John Legend?

Earlier this month Legend released a version of his current number one hit, “All of Me,” featuring Country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes.

The Ballad contains the same stripped down piano melody, only this time — played over it — are guitars and banjos.  Also the song no longer has the soft, melancholic feel, instead the song is sped up a bit towards the middle of the song.

Now I didn’t here Hunter Hayes’ voice throughout the song, so I’m assuming he got credit for playing the guitar during the song.

My problem with this version of the song is that now it just kind of has a different vibe. It, to me, lacks the same emotion and raw feeling that the original version possessed.

John Legend performs "All of Me" with Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes at the CMT Awards.
John Legend performs “All of Me” with Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes at the CMT Awards.

While I will say that all three do a great job at collaborating and making the song work for them, it didn’t quite work for me as a listener, or as a fan of all three artist.

Now I’m not opposed to the idea of mixing genres, in fact most of the time it works out pretty well, but I think there are a lot of differences that could be made with this version.

The harmonies are beautiful and the voices matched very well, but I think it was a bit awkward for me because Nettles doesn’t possess as soulful of a voice as Legend. Also I’ve never really been a fan of the nasally quality in her voice when she belts.

I think the song could have benefited from having a different female country singer on the track. Also the arrangement really is eerie to me. I would say stick with just a piano and two beautiful voices. Just because it’s country doesn’t mean “pull out the banjos and acoustics.”

In any case, take a listen below and tell me what you think of the song.

“Somebody to You”-The Vamps (Ft. Demi Lovato)

The Vamps' Newest single "Somebody to You"
The Vamps’ Newest single “Somebody to You”

British band The Vamps, are making their way into the United States music scene and they are doing it in a great way. Their new single “Somebody to You” is the title track of their upcoming EP set to be released on August 5th.

The song features pop superstar Demi Lovato and a catchy hook with a popish beat. The song is one of those songs that is very catchy and will get stuck in your head after you’ve heard it. That seems to be the thing to do now a days though.

Now I do like the song, and I like the way it sounds, but I feel like it just sounds too much like fellow bands such as One Direction and Emblem 3. Yet Lovato’s huge voice and beautiful belts definitely make this song work for a listener.

There isn’t very much spectacular about the song, but I feel it’s going to do great on the summer charts and I am kind of interested to see what else the group brings to the table on this EP.

Take a look at the video below. It’s very summeresque and very adorable.


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