Single Review: Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera – ‘Moves Like Jagger’

“Maroon 5 have inadvertently – even with all their simple pop philosophies still intact – become Scissor Sisters”

3 STARS

Digital Release: August 14, 2011

Physical Release: N/A

In the second – this time most likely intentional – tribute to a certain Rolling Stones member to be released this year, we see the united forces of two of the judges from US TV show The Voice, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera. Both acts haven’t enjoyed the best of successes of late, with Aguilera’s D.O.A. fourth album ‘Bi-On-Ic’ and Maroon 5’s more-of-the-same third album ‘Hands All Over’, so is this peculiar accolade to Mr. Jagger’s dance moves as interesting as it’s title and credits suggest?

The song starts with phase shifting instrumentation; a predictable step-by-step construction of synthesiser and drum machine, with a novelty whistle providing the main melodic hook. The way each individual element of the production takes it in turn to present itself only heightens how simplistic and not at all effective it is. It’s soon joined by Levine who sings of his inability to impress a female; the band should be commended as they try to make best of the electro-glam rock production – which provides a fittingly flirtatious and catchy chorus. They seem most contented when Levine’s unmistakable voice is flitting in and out of teasing falsetto with sleazy, albeit senseless, lyrics – “Take me by the tongue and I’ll know you”; it fails to carry much water and when sung to the wrong audience can simply offend, but Maroon 5’s musical sensibilities resonate throughout the song despite cavorting about in an electropop disguise; even Aguilera’s contribution allows her to stamp her own style on ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

The downside is that Maroon 5 have inadvertently – even with all their simple pop philosophies still intact – become Scissor Sisters, with their camp, skipping choruses and lascivious lyrics (“Kiss me till you’re drunk and I’ll show you/You want the moves like Jagger”), only you get the persistent underlying notion telling you over and over that Maroon 5 simply aren’t as good at being Scissor Sisters as Scissor Sisters are. But whilst Aguilera, Levine and the gang have a lot of genre-hopping fun, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ suffers from the constricting fog of clunky electropop typicalities, at the expense of any defined personality or real fun.

 

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