Adam Levine has gone from singing about stereo hearts to public telephones, via Maroon 5‘s lead Overexposed single “Payphone”, a catchy pop jam that features Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa and aims to be a “Moves Like Jagger”-like smash. Levine has said this is the band’s poppiest album yet (it was executive-produced by Max Martin, after all), and “Payphone” certainly underscores that statement. Head below to dial it a up!
Following a bit of a commercial fumble with third LP Hands All Over, Levine has spent the past year honing his pop sensibility by serving as a coach on The Voice, pairing up with Gym Class Heroes for “Stereo Hearts” and Christina Aguilera for mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger”.
All of that is influence is evident here on the extremely Top 40-friendly “Payphone”, which finds the singer utilizing his soaring tenor on the catchy chorus and sharing vocal chores with Khalifa.
It’s uncertain if the song will indeed spark a rise in the use of payphones throughout the world. But, at the very least, it should cause a rise in the cranking up of speaker knobs.
What do you think of M5′s new single? Is it a smash hit or a total miss?