10 years ago Maroon 5 released their hit album Songs About Jane and 10 years ago, I bought that album as a teen. Man, I feel old. I was a young teen then, of 13 years, and I can still remember vividly buying this album and listening to it on several different devices as the music world evolved from cd’s to mp3’s to must having an iPod. It is hard to believe that is has been a decade since the band burst into the music scene with their meaningful lyrics and soulful songs that took the world by storm.
So when the 10th Anniversary edition of that album was released, I was lucky enough to get a copy. I was excited because I had lost my copy of that album probably 5 years ago. I spent a weekend listening to all the tracks on the 10th Anniversary re-issue and concluded that I still love that album as much as I did 10 years ago (still feels weird to say that). Fans of the band should definitely pick up a copy of this re-issue because all they added to it, makes it feel like a brand new album all over again.
As with most people, I love the songs that made them famous. “Harder to Breathe,” “This Love” and “She Will be Loved,” are all fantastic songs that bring back some great memories from the summer of 2002 and subsequent months of listening. It is hard to talk about Maroon 5 without mentioning any of these songs, but despite their popularity, it should be noted that the rest of album is just as worthy of attention.
The 10th anniversary edition included a couple previously unreleased singles. One that I enjoyed the most was “Take What You Want.” I wish that song had been released earlier because I think fans of the band would have appreciated it.
I think it is important to point out that one of the reasons why this album was so popular and remains so popular is how relatable it is. As mentioned before, it has been TEN YEARS since the album came out and all the songs are STILL relatable. I can apply the songs now to my life and feel something completely different than what my 13 year old self felt so long ago. I can hardly think of any pop songs, let alone an entire album that remains relatable and popular so many years later.
I have a feeling that Maroon 5 has made their mark in a way that few have over the years as their music to transcends past the decade mark and continues forward.