The floating heads of Maroon 5 are clearly going for some sort of beamed-in look here, like they’re trying to simulate the electronica-ness of the “remix” concept visually. Someone needs to fiddle with this cover’s rabbit ears, because it looks like they’re being printed on one of those crappy free Lexmark printers that you get when you buy a new computer–you know, the one that runs out of ink after thirty pages? I used to have one of those free printers, and it ran almost completely out of ink after three print jobs or so. It only printed in grayscale, and even then all of its printouts were a sallow pea green. I was in grad school, and I was too cheap and/or lazy to buy new ink, so I started changing the default color in my Word documents to that green color to justify my inaction. (Yeah, I know.) Eventually, as the print cartridge sputtered and coughed and scraped its poor insides for me, everything it printed came out in a depressing, faded, striated pattern that rendered even 24 point Helvetica completely illegible.
The band’s faces here recall those pitiful printouts of 2003.
PS–Can we put a moratorium on this band being called cute or hot? I think they maybe rise to the level of “a’ight.”