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Red Pill Blues

Maroon 5

Red Pill Blues

Sixth LP from the LA pop rock group, with producers including John Ryan, Noah Passavoy and OzGo Phil Paul

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  1. 7.0 |   All Music

    Taken on its own musical terms, Red Pill Blues is a sleek, assured affair, one that sustains a seductive neon-streaked mood from beginning to end
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  2. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Whether skating over house beats on "Plastic Rose" or cruising through a ballad like "Denim Jacket," Levine proves himself a pliant star of Jacksonian ease and Stingly self-assurance
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  3. 6.0 |   The FT

    Smooth high vocals and catchy tunes give the songs a degree of charm. Deft production lends depth to the slick music
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  4. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Superstar rap guest spots can’t disrupt the torpor that too often becomes a default setting
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  5. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The overall impression is one of a band best enjoyed in microdoses
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  6. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    All ‘80s nostalgia, electro-sheen minimalism, the kind of artfully machined simplicity we’ve come to know and expect from modern Top 40 mercantilism
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  7. 4.8 |   Pitchfork

    Adam Levine’s band return for their sixth album of smooth, professional, antiseptic soft-rock, which somehow also features Kendrick Lamar, Future, and A$AP Rocky
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  8. 4.0 |   The Independent

    There’s something irredeemably lo-cal about Maroon 5, a quality that enables their bland pop to slip smoothly into the charts without leaving any trace
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  9. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    It's still a latter-day Maroon 5 album, which means it also has more than its share of bland, underachieving grist for suburban shopping centers and “rhythmic pop” radio
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  10. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The hook-drenched Red Pill Blues is sure to be another super-smash, which means we’ll be trapped in the Maroon 5 matrix for some while yet
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  11. 2.0 |   The Skinny

    An album full of bewilderingly bad chart hits
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