Radio friendly rockers Maroon-5 are making a comeback…with new single Misery. Sounds a little dark and brooding, doesn’t it? No need to worry though! This is classic upbeat and funky Maroon-5 which is either a good or bad thing depending on your preference for the Adam Levine fronted group. The track is the lead single from the band’s third studio album Hands All Over which is set for release on 21st September.
According to Artist Direct.com, the album will be released via A&M/Octone and will feature production duties from Mutt Lange (Def Leppard, AC/DC). The album will boast 15 tracks including a country tinged ballad which features the latest ‘it’ country band Lady Antebellum. Other musical acts rumoured to be appearing on the album include melancholy electro artist Owl City, former American Idol winner Kris Allen and British soul singer VV Brown. Hmmm, interesting.
As for the single itself. I’m a bit meh. The song is enjoyable enough but doesn’t see the band move to far outside the box with their sound. In fact, this sounds like Makes Me Wonder 2.0.
At least Adam acknowledges this by stating:
“Misery is about … the desperation of wanting someone really badly in your life but having it be very difficult. Kind of what all the songs I write are about,” Adam told MTV. “I’m not treading on new ground, but I think a lot of people — including myself — deal with that all the time. Relationships are difficult, and it’s good therapy to write about them.”
The music video for the single has already been filmed and has been directed by Joseph Kahn, who has recently directed videos Kylie Minogue’s All The Lovers and Katy and Snoop’s #1 smash California Gurls.
The video was filmed in downtown Los Angeles with Adam’s real life girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna playing the leading lady. Here’s what Adam has to say about the video:
“I thought it was really amazing,” he commented on the treatment Joseph works for the clip. “Because it kind of turns the whole idea of the sexual energy between two people – a guy and a girl, a music video, you’ve seen that a million times – that exists in this video, but it’s turning it on its a** and having the girl be the more domineering one who’s trying to kill me. We decided to focus on violence instead of sex this time around.”
Sounds like it will be a fun video. For now though, you’re going to have to watch this mimed fanmade video of the song below.