Artist: Maroon 5
US chart peak: 7
Release date: November 27, 2012
Writers: Adam Levine, Max Martin, Sam Martin, Mason Levy
Producers: Adam Levine, MdL, Max Martin
Quintessential Max moment: The song-making middle eight
Video synopsis: Crowd-sourced fan ‘love in’ shot on beautiful low-res
In 2005 the Backstreet Boys released one last gem of a single, the Max and Dr Luke collaboration, ‘Just Want You To Know’.
Let’s listen to that now actually:
While it peaked inside the Top Ten in the UK, in the US it stalled outside the Top 70, which is a travesty up there with Meghan Trainor’s Grammy win for Best New Artist. Featuring one of Max’s best choruses, the song’s ignored brilliance must have rankled with him slightly because he re-used bits of it on Maroon 5’s (ultimately inferior) ’Daylight’. Basically the intros are both very similar, with ‘Daylight’’s squiggly synth riff just a slightly sped up version of the one used on ‘Just Want You To Know’. While the latter erupts into a near comical mega-chorus, ‘Daylight’ keeps things relatively Coldplay with its best bit.
In fact, Coldplay are a pretty good reference point for ‘Daylight’, especially in the song’s admittedly lovely middle eight and in the “woah woah woah” bits that have since become Coldplay’s default setting. Apparently this is Levine’s favourite song on ‘Overexposed’, which is actually saying quite a lot considering the album’s just basically loads of massive singles.
To be honest, I don’t have a lot to say about this song. It’s literally fine. The lyrics are fairly typical Maroon 5 – let’s enjoy this night we have together because in the morning I’ll be gone (not sure where as yet) – and it all trundles along quite nicely. If it came on the radio you’d go ‘oh this is…You know…thingymebob’. You’ll like it if you like Maroon 5 and if you don’t then you won’t.
Maroon 5 are basically OneRepublic aren’t they? Come up with some nice songs every now and then but you don’t actually know anyone who likes them.
SONG FACT: It was co-written by David Guetta fan Sam Martin who ‘scored’ a Number One single in the UK with ‘Lovers On The Sun’.