Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe
Some times it takes a little longer for some than it does for others. A year after the release of their debut single in the US, Harder To Breathe, Maroon 5 found themselves in the top 5 airplay chart. Following the release of the follow-up album, Songs About Jane, Maroon 5, if it matters to you, have a pack of celebrity fans following their live shows and the album has sold upwards of 500,000 copies in the US.
Still, what does it sound like? Given that Songs About Jane has been produced by Matt Wallace, previously known for Faith No More, it should be no surprise that Harder To Breathe is funk/rock straight from that earlier band or, for those a little to young to remember the stories of Mike Patton dumping turds into milk cartons, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The guitars are big, the rhythm is white-boy funk, too tense to be as smooth as Parliament, and the vocals by Adam Levine are some way between rap and rock.
Hyped up as being well placed to become one of the most talked-about bands of 2004, there's no real reason to see why this might not be the case given that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been increasingly successful over the last few years. With Kirstin Dunst and Natalie Portman hanging out at the Viper Room to see the band, who'd disagree with them?