River's Review: 'This Summer's Gonna Hurt' Is Pop Pureness
Maroon 5 began teasing their new song "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherfucker" earlier this week and with high expectations for the single, following it's release earlier today (Friday, May 15), it surprisingly did not sit well with most of Maroon 5's most loyal and hardcore fans. In fact, a poll on iHeartRadio displays that the song has 62% dislikes over likes and it's lyric video on YouTube is nearing 1,000 dislikes. If you are starting to feel a little déjà vu from the new song and it's overwhelmingly negative responses, you may be feeling what you felt back in 2011 when Maroon 5 surprised fans and music lovers alike with their disco-inflicted pop hit "Moves Like Jagger." "Jagger" was not received well whatsoever within the first few months of it's debut on contemporary radio and surely didn't garner digital download sales or requests off the bat, but the Shellback produced track later collected over 900,000 download units on the iTunes Store, jumping from 4-1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the United Kingdom's best-selling singles of all time. "Jagger" officially crossed Maroon 5 over from their sweet-and-shy pop rock and alternative rock bubble to a completely different world of music and broadened their horizons.
@adamlevine @iTunesMusic @Vevo Meh. Expected better. Thought it would be my new jam. It's not. #ThisSummerM5— Estrela Da Silva (@Estrela_DaSilva) May 15, 2015
Five years ago, I would have been STOKED about a #new @Maroon5 #song! Today, not so much. #ThisSummerM5 #ThisSummersGonnaHurt— Jaimee Banks (@iamladycash) May 15, 2015
The beat's very nice, I'm not sure about the vocals, especially in the chorus... I'll probably warm up to it but for now... #ThisSummerM5— Morgane B. (@LittleMoOh) May 15, 2015
"This Summer's Gonna Hurt" is a easily one of the catchiest tracks Maroon 5 has ever put out as a single. It's predecessor "Sugar", which was hands down the catchiest song on Maroon 5's latest studio effort, V, doesn't come remotely close to how pop-perfected "This Summer" is. But "Sugar" kept an empowering sound that incorporated all instruments from the band members including percussion, guitar, bass, and piano, which is something fans missed this time around.
The title alone, "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherfucker", struck fans as complicated and quite ill-mannered. Upon your first listen of the song, the first time you hear Levine belt out the cuss word "fucker" in the opening chorus, you're actually drawn in with it's rather heavy emphasis. The clean/radio edit to the song doesn't stray far from the words "motherfucker" and "fucker", replacing the words with an "Ah-ha" sound (or possibly just "fucker" reversed?). My point is either you are immediately attached to the song's catchy and empowering chorus or you are left disgusted and somewhat uncomfortable. For me, personally, I was drawn in and thought it was quite the crossover from their previous single's sweet and polite premise to this single's harshly-put lyric choice.
Sonically, "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" is a funk song with influences from 1980's post-disco and pop. You can hear the muted guitar licks throughout the song (most prominent in the second verse and so forth) that are reminiscent to something Chic used to do back in the day. Overall, the song is a synth-pop extravaganza that's infectious and will become the ear worm in the your head all summer long. Vocally, Adam Levine slays. A beautiful falsetto, that man has.
Whether you like it or not, we have another monster hit on our hands and will be on the radio quite often throughout the next few months.
Maroon 5 is set to perform "This Summer's Gonna Hurt" on NBC's hit show The Voice on it's season 8 finale on Tuesday, May 19th and I am excited to see how the song will be debuted live for the first time. This isn't the first time Maroon 5 debuted a song live on The Voice; back in 2012 the band premiered "Payphone" with it's guest vocalist Wiz Khalifa on stage and also the same a year prior with "Moves Like Jagger" with fellow-coach Christina Aguilera.
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