Maroon 5's JORDI - What You Need To Know
The pop juggernaut that is Maroon 5 return today with a new album, JORDI, and here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
Maroon 5 began their career, as you’d expect, as a five-piece. They then expanded in 2014 to become a six-piece, then again in 2016 to become a seven-piece, before in 2020 they returned to six with the departure of longtime bassist Mickey Madden.
The years between now and the release of their 2017 LP Red Pill Blues have been eventful for reasons good, bad and heartbreaking.
At the end of 2017, not long after the album had dropped, the band’s manager and Adam Levine's childhood friend Jordan Feldstein, died of a heart attack aged 40. Naturally, that put the brakes on everything for a long while and it is to him that the new album is both dedicated and named for.
When the band felt able to get back on tour, the live shows in support of Red Pill Blues were a smash, with their biggest shows to date and an appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show. They were due to continue the party into 2020 with some huge shows booked, but the tour was cut short as the world began to fold in with the Covid-19 pandemic.
It proved the start of a difficult period for the band as bassist Madden was arrested in Los Angeles in June 2020 on an allegation of domestic violence and stood down from the band. Madden, who was a founding member of the group and their earlier grungey incarnation Kara's Flowers, has taken no part in sessions for the new album.
After regrouping, the band have since focused on sessions for their new album, the result of which is JORDI, which is out now.
Who’s producing it?
As with all of Maroon 5’s recent LPs, the album features a glittering array of songwriting and production talent.
The Monsters & Strangerz, whose recent credits include struggling artists like Camila Cabello, Halsey, Zedd, Rihanna and Nick Jonas, are key players, as is Andrew Goldstein, whose written for Katy Perry, 5 Seconds Of Summer and All Time Low, is across much of the album too.
Any special guests?
We could be here for some time as this album is stuffed with guest appearances from a diaspora of genres. First of all, you’ve got Megan Thee Stallion, who helps out on lead-off single and album opener ‘Beautiful Mistakes’.
Stallion isn’t the only rap star on there, Nipsey Hussle and YG are on album closer 'Memories', while Juice WRLD features on 'Can't Leave You Alone' and Zimbabwean rising star Bantu is on 'One Light'. On the LP's deluxe edition, you're also treated to 'Lifestyle', Levine's collaboration with Jason Derulo and 'Button', which features Puerto Rico rappers Anuel AA and Tainy.
Switching genres a little, Florida rap-rockers Blackbear is on 'Echo', while soulful singer H.E.R offers up a guest appearance on 'Convince Me Otherwise'.
Finally, a total change up and an icon in the shape of Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, she guests on 'Remedy'. And breathe...
What does it sound like?
As you might surmise from the array of guests, this is an album that is sonically all over the place and an awfully long way from the soulful guitar band who wrote and recorded Songs About Jane. The band flirt with psychedelia, tropical house, multiple shapes of hip-hop and folky tinges, all while sticking to their funky pop formula.
Does it deliver?
As fitting with the way Maroon 5 have evolved, this feels more like a singles collection than an album with a real cohesion, but there are still plenty of bangers...