Maroon 5, "Misery"

77 Billboard Rating

Maroon 5 is back and in strong form with "Misery," the first single from its upcoming third album, "Hands All Over." The band's collaboration with reclusive producer "Mutt" Lange (Def Leppard, AC/DC, Shania Twain) has proved to be a fruitful one--in its first week, "Misery" is already one of the most-added songs at top 40 and hot AC radio. The production anchors Adam Levine's soulful inflections with a bit of funk, while delivering the kind of inescapable pop/rock hook for which both Maroon 5 and Lange are best-known. The lyrics find Levine pleading for another chance with his love. "So let me be, and I'll set you free," he croons, in a melody that would feel right at home in an R&B song. "I am in misery . . . the solace is slowly killing me." Sure to be one of this summer's radio staples, "Misery" is anything but. --Alex Vitoulis

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