Maroon 5 Says Adam Levine Is 'Exploring the Lower End' of His Voice on 'Red Pill Blues'
publish date: 2017-11-09
"It's using a lower part of Adam's voice, which he's really loving exploring right now," Valentine notes. "He's known for his really high, reedy tenor in, like, 'Makes Me Wonder' and anything like that, and on this album he's exploring the lower end of his range, which he's just really enjoying singing. So he's gravitating towards those sorts of keys and that sort of vibe."
Overall, Valentine -- who co-founded Maroon 5 during 2001 as the group switched from its previous incarnation as Kara's Flowers -- sees Red Pill Blues as logical step forward from 2014's V, collaborating with hot producers and songwriters in order to keep Maroon 5 "part of the conversation of what's going on in contemporary music. We've been that way since the beginning, so we're continuing that. It's the same sort of approach, which was let's get together some of the best producers, all the best producers in the world. If you look at the track listing there's a lot of different and really talented people. That was the approach on V, and it was kind of working, so why change." Red Pill Blues was executive produced by J Kash and marks Maroon 5's first album with longtime cohort Sam Farrar as a full-fledged band member.