Maroon 5 once again works with producers Shellback and Benny Blanco to come up with their latest single Payphone, the first single from the band’s upcoming album Overexposed to be released on June 26, 2012.
Maroon 5 also worked with producers Shellback and Benny Blanco for their previous hit single Moves Like Jagger from the band’s 2010 album Hands All Over.
You thought that collaboration with Christina Aguilera was Maroon 5 at their poppiest? Well, you must not have listened to Payphone yet. If anything, Payphone just takes the new Maroon 5 sound further into the current pop trend. The pop flavor of this new single isn’t too far from what Katy Perry or boybands would be releasing.
In fact, if I weren’t familiar with Adam Levine‘s unique voice, I could’ve sworn that this song was from a new boyband. I have to admit, I could care less for Wiz Khalifa’s rap verse in the song. No, I don’t hate it. I just don’t think it’s necessary to put in a rap verse. That’s the song’s most boring part actually.
The new pop ditty from Maroon 5 is very enjoyable and has a high replay potential. I can easily imagine Payphone remixed into a dance record. As it is, Payphone is actually easily more danceable than Moves Like Jagger. The chorus has a melody that’s easy to get stuck in your head. Some people will also relate well to lines like “if ‘happy ever afters’ did exist, I would still be holding you like this / all those fairy tales are full of shit / one more fucking love song, I’ll be sick.”
You can also check out a comicbook-style lyric video of Payphone here.