It Won't Be Soon Before Long - 6514

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Amazon.com Sometimes it's O.K.--even important--to put aside your reluctance to embrace artists who make teenage girls scream. It happened in 2006, when Justin Timberlake scraped the sludge off pop and left something shiny behind, and it's happening again in 2007 with Maroon 5. It Won't Be Soon Before Long, the L.A. band's sophomore studio disc, rode in on a crest of hype and crumpled expectations--fan reports had it that Adam Levine & Co. scrapped their signature pop-soul sound for something harder and darker. Not so. Shades of Prince, Hall & Oates, and Sting still color the Maroon sound (check out the spectacularly fizzy "Little of Your Time," as well as the first single, "Makes Me Wonder," a song catchier than fire), but they're made ever fainter here by the clamping down of five guys on what is essentially the most distinctive pop sound to emerge from a single band since the Bee Gees squealed into the mid-'70s. It Won't Be Soon squares hip-hop sensibilities ("Wake Up Call") with rock ones ("If I Never See Your Face Again") and stormy moods ("Can't Stop") with bittersweet ballads ("Better That We Break"). It's a disc destined to defy detractors and go on to greatness, elevating the credibility of teenage girls for years to come. --Tammy La Gorce Product Description Global neo-soul rock superstars and Grammy Award winning band Maroon 5 are back with their much anticipated sophomore album, IT WON'T BE SOON BEFORE LONG. The follow up to the 10 times platinum SONGS ABOUT JANE. Produced by Mike Elizondo, Mark "Spike" Stent, Mark Endert and Eric Valentine. Features the hit single "Makes Me Wonder." From the Artist So it's been five years since we put out Songs About Jane, and a lot has happened since then. Things have changed in our lives, in your lives, in everyones lives all around the world. As I'm writing this we're in Milan, Italy... playing some European shows before the album comes out... and I'm sitting here remembering the long road that we took to be here right now... thinking about all the shows we played during the three and a half years we spent touring... and then the six months we spent writing these new songs, living in Houdini's haunted house in Laurel Canyon making demos with a producer and old friend named Jason Lader... and then the year long process of recording in Los Angeles. We really took our time to make sure that everything felt right about the songs. The first bunch of songs was recorded with a team of producers who had never worked together before, Mike Elizondo and Spike Stent. Mike was a long time collaborator with Dr.Dre, as well as an excellent musician, and he had just produced the Fiona Apple record Extraordinary Machine... and Spike was a sonic genius who had produced and mixed masterpieces for U2, Bjork, Massive Attack, Madonna, and many other high class artists. So in March of 2006 we dug in at one of our favorite studios... a place we had recorded the demo songs that got us signed to Octone Records back in 2001. We'd been waiting for a long time to be recording again, so it was a real joy to see this new material come to life. There were ups and downs and disagreements about how things were supposed to sound, and just like the first record, that conflict pulled things in unexpected directions. After six months we had the core of the album done, and we decided to get some fresh ears to help work out a few remaining songs. So we went into a new studio with Eric Valentine, who we loved for his work with Queens of the Stone Age. We cut two of the more rock and roll tracks on the album with him ("Can't Stop" and "Little of Your Time"), and then decided to get one more new perspective from a producer named Mark Endert. Mark had mixed our song "This Love" from the first record, and so we were excited about working on some songs from scratch with him. At this point of course, we were stir crazy and delirious (there's only so many times you can listen to the same songs while you're making them),
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