Dammit Adam Levine Experience...I thought after the relative commercial flop of 'Cold', you'd just fade away and leave me alone.
As you can tell, I'm not a fan of the Adam Levine Experience aka Maroon 5. The unfortunate part is that I was a fan at one point.
As I've stated in my reviews of Don't Wanna Know' and 'Cold', both terrible sellout pop R&B laziness, Maroon 5 had a cool original pop-rock sound with some funk elements mixed into their first three albums. The songs were catchy, the instrumentation was tight and lead singer Adam Levine had a sense of swagger that made the lyrical nature of the early hit songs work.
Then came 'The Voice' and pretty much everything since then musically has become part of the pop corporate machine. And that doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. But the band lost its originality and became all about Levine and his increasingly annoying falsettos, hence the Adam Levine Experience.
|SZA features on the song.|
And I will give 'What Lovers Do' some credit. It's by far better than 'Cold' and 'Don't Wanna Know.'
Yes, the production has a spacey R&B feel to it, but at least it has a groove. It has a pulse, which is critical. And you can hear some guitars and bass on the track. Sure it's hidden in the back of the mix, but it's evident and it is refreshing. The drums sound processed as hell, but hey I'll take what I can get.
Lyrically, it's a love jam. And yeah while some more details in the relationship between the two singers would've been nice, Levine's not complaining about his girl like he did in the previous two songs. SZA comes across with a confident personality that declares she's gonna stay at Levine's level, if not better. Levine sounds improved on this song vocally, even if the falsetto can be grating at points, but SZA is just oozing with personality and charisma that really brings the track to a solid height.
'What Lovers Do' is no 'Harder To Breathe' or 'This Love' or 'Makes Me Wonder'.
But you know what? It's the best single the 'band' has released since 'Sugar' in 2015, so that's a victory in itself. And if this makes SZA more popular in the mainstream, then I'm all for it.
RATING: 3 Out Of 5 (***)
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