The moment has arrived: Maroon 5‘s highly anticipated, Sia-penned collaboration with the one and only Love. Angel. Music. Baby. diva Gwen Stefani is upon us.
The V ballad, due out on the band’s fifth studio album next week (September 2), sees The Voice‘s Adam Levine and newbie judge Stefani trading off heartfelt, melodic verses above a simple piano melody and sweeping cinematic strings, recalling A Great Big World‘s vulnerable “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera.
“I know you’re scared/Oh, I can feel it/It’s in the air, I know you feel that too,” Levine tenderly croons off the top of the track. And then, in comes the No Doubt frontwoman: “It won’t take me long to find another lover but I want you,” she swoons. It’s been forever since we last heard Gwen crooning a ballad to us, but just as with “4 In The Morning” or “Early Winter,” she’s still good at giving us full body chills.
It’s a gorgeous collaboration and, considering the loud rumblings about Gwen’s upcoming solo work on the way, an enticing indication of what’s still to come. Listen to “My Heart Is Open” after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »