The Vanderbilt Hustler | Maroon 5’s “Jordi” lacks the band’s characteristic creativity
Have you ever experienced the overwhelming disappointment when you wake up hungry for coffee only to find that you are completely exhausted? Yes, me too, except that I was listening to the last and seventh Maroon 5 album, “Jordi”. With touches of dark florals and hints of vivid color, the cover and album attempt to paint a tender, layered tribute to the late band friend Jordan Feldstein, or “Jordi” as they affectionately nicknamed him. But, unfortunately, the album is more of a “Beautiful mistake” than an artistic triumph.
“Jordi” captures the many emotions involved in a complicated and passionate relationship through a unique combination of rap and electro pop with moody and psychedelic undertones. It unequivocally expresses the raw suffering of the relationship and eventual heartbreak, although I personally have struggled to identify with some songs. Combined with weak flow and abrasive rhythms, this lack of relativity means the album wobbles without the signature creativity, soul, and poise of Maroon 5. Let’s take a look at each of the 14 songs on the album. ‘album:
“Beautiful mistakes “
It sounds like a classic breakup song, but it’s a bit of a letdown. The lyrics seem to be thrown together at random, and the first verse has minimal artistic sense in the context of the chorus. Rap also seemed out of place. The song lacked fluidity and harmony – potentially to express the hopelessness and confused state of a newly single individual, but that would be overkill.
Each verse was repetitive and almost monotonous despite the beat, conveying with some precision the reality of being truly “lost” after a breakup. The song’s upbeat initial tempo is misleading, given the inherent sadness of the lyrics. I felt the song’s sound was overdone, common, and dull; there was no creative novelty here.
As far as the breakup trope goes, this song expresses the passionate state of turmoil that follows the end of a relationship, but in a tired and weirdly psychedelic way – it gave me “Never Be the Same” by Camila Cabello. vibrations. The echo effect layered over itself adds to the song’s kaleidoscopic feel, but it gets old fast. Rap is average too, both in terms of the banality of the lyrics and the sound, and it was too rushed compared to the rest of the song. The tension that builds towards the end of the song is not resolved due to the abrupt and unsatisfying ending. Imagine a roller coaster that stays at the top of the track just before the iconic big drop, perpetually suspending its victims in the air – an apt metaphor for this song.
“Sick of love”
This track captures one of the warmest interactions and emotions within the otherwise tumultuous relationship with Jordi. He has more of a techno-beat than the others before him and a similar psychedelic feeling to “Echo “to mimic the feeling of being in love or, literally, sick with love. It was clearly lighter than the previous songs, complemented by the soft” oh oh “in the background.
I was really confused with this one. “Remedy“ is a poorly constructed mosaic of different scenes from the relationship that fall somewhere between depressing and nostalgic. The beat is faster to overcompensate for being the shortest song on the album. Ironically, although the song is called “Remedy,” the pain only seems to affect the singer more and more throughout the song.
Interesting way, “Seasons” is to move forward without actually moving forward (again, ironic). Phrases like “turn the page” and “no more summer madness” imply some sort of emotional resolution, but the other songs on the album do not corroborate it. This song was definitely more conversational than the others on the album. I didn’t like the repetition of the word “weekend”, it just seemed unnecessary.
The main premise of this song is that the world is unbearably dark but the singer’s lover is his “one light”: a cute feeling but, let’s be honest, we’ve heard it before. Rap nicely reinforced the familiar metaphor. The song on the whole was okay but lacked similar novelty to the other songs on the album.
“Convince me otherwise”
Holistically, this piece delineates a sweet fight between two lovers that gains in intensity as the music progresses to its climax towards the end. The female role of the first verse marks a clear artistic disparity between this song and the others. I enjoyed the musical and emotional interaction between the two characters in the relationship, but it’s true that I still won’t add this song to my playlist as it lacked artistry.
“No one’s love”
This song was actually released in July 2020 as a preview of the new album. After further research, I discovered that the song was written with the coronavirus pandemic and the protests in honor of George Floyd in mind. I respect Maroon 5 for taking the opportunity to acknowledge the atrocities of the past year, but the message remains vague. The lyrics seem to be more about a lost love (of the romantic kind) than about racial injustice or the pandemic; maybe the message is meant to be subtle and discuss the pain of losing any kind of loved one, but it’s certainly not clear.
“I can’t leave you alone”
Starring the legendary Juice Wrld, this song captures the confusion and pain of unrequited love. The emotion rings raw and palpable, urging listeners to sympathize with the singer’s pain. The pace is slow and relaxed as if the singer is begging her lover to tell him how she feels. The tone, music and rhythm reinforce each other to shape the melancholy mood of the room.
“Memories” and “Remix Memories”
“Memories “was originally released in September 2020 as another preview of the album. Although it is one of the album’s earliest releases, it actually portrays one of the last stages of grief and loss. heartbreak: acceptance. The song does the best job of conveying the album’s intended message: love for Jordan Feldstein. The line “I’ll carry those torches for you that you know I’ll never let go” resonates strongly throughout the song.
The song’s remix was released over a year later and fits more into the album than the original. Early on we can hear a darker tone to the music which paints the song gray and dark. While the old version emphasized a fond remembrance of loved ones and an appreciation for what is, the new song alludes to the singer’s false facade of acceptance that masks the crippling pain and darkness below. . Both versions represent different aspects of a grief that are both equally realistic and important.
In many songs, the physical aspects of a relationship are often emphasized over the emotional, a defining characteristic of Maroon 5. However, most of “Jordi” tracks did the opposite and focused on the emotional rather than physical. “Button” stands out as the only song on the album to strictly discuss the lewd side of the singer’s relationship. On another note, the rap was in Spanish, an interesting and unexpected touch.
“Way of life”
The last song on the album is honestly pretty hit and miss. Derulo’s sound is quite unique and distinct, making the song stand out like a sore thumb from the rest. The disconnection and disharmony within the album itself is noticeable to say the least. With this song, listeners get an upbeat and airy glimpse into the singer’s love life while the other tracks portray the darkness and longing for the relationship. The song also seemed to discuss the bouncy early stages of a relationship and a courtship, which runs counter to the album’s timeline given that this is the final song.
“Jordi” is a confusing group of songs that just like the band members each have their own unique sounds, rhythms and messages. While some tracks have good recognizable qualities, the album as a whole suffers from a serious lack of creativity and depth. Maroon 5 released a lot of great music over the course of their run, but this album just doesn’t make the cut.