Red Pill Blues

Maroon 5 - Red Pill Blues
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #887 / 898
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Based on 322 ratings
2017 Ratings: #641
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Entertainment Weekly

The R&B- and funk-laden Blues, their best and most cohesive set of the decade, is actually worth some appointment listening.


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.

Rolling Stone
On the sixth M5 LP, Adam Levine nuances a role he plays well: the Top 40 old-soul navigating whatever the pop-music moment throws his way.
The Guardian

Singer Adam Levine has said this is the group’s R&B album, and so it is, though not in any remotely experimental way: superstar rap guest spots can’t disrupt the torpor that too often becomes a default setting.


It’s this utter lack of libido that ends up making Red Pill Blues so difficult to even finish.

The Independent

Moments after hearing “Best 4 You”, with its slimline groove and sleek falsetto chorus, I can’t remember a trace of its melody or theme: it was just there, and then not there. It’s an experience repeated throughout Red Pill Blues.

Slant Magazine

Red Pill Blues has moments that recall other, superior pop music—including the group's own 2002 debut, Songs About Jane—but 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.

The Skinny

With Red Pill Blues Levine and co have managed to produce an album that is uninteresting and unexciting; at best this is background music, to be listened to on very, very low volume, or even better, not at all.

The artwork of this album sums up the whole project itself.....
Christ that album cover is aids inducing. Run while you can.
And the award for the worst artwork this year goes to...
Remember kids, if you see an album cover with Snapchat filters, you run far and you run fast.
Hey Adam, could you pass me some of those pills, I need something for this goddamn headache your giving me right now.

This album fucking sucks. And not in the same way that, say, "Overexposed" or "V" sucked, no, this is genuinely one of the worst pop album of the 2010s in my honest opinion. Basically almost every song just screams not to pay attention to it, or to give it any attention for that matter. Just the sheer not caring anymore on tracks like "What Lovers ... read more
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Added on: October 6, 2017