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Red Pill Blues

Album by Maroon 5
2018, 11 tracks, 48 mins 14 sec

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May 24, 2019

A confusing title, yet a highly successful album

The American pop-rock band Maroon 5 released their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues in November 2017 through 222 Records and Interscope Records. The title came up from the science fictional concept of red pill and the blue pill that originated from the 1999 film “The Matrix”. This was their first release where they featured their multi-instrumentalist band member Sam Farrar. The standard album has a total of ten tracks that runs for an overall approximate time length of forty two minutes. However, there are five bonus tracks, adding which the time length becomes approximately sixty one minutes. The album received mixed reviews from the music critics and listeners, with an overall average rating of 58 on Metacritic. AllMusic and Rolling Stone magazine rated the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, while Financial Times and The Guardian rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Other publications like Siant Magazine and The Times rated it 2 stars. Entertainment Weekly described it as the “best and most cohesive set of the decade". Taylor Weatherby of Billboard described the album as the most electronic production that the band has ever seen and they have managed to use that in their classic Maroon 5 fashion. Financial Times praised the smooth high vocals and the catchy tunes. Pitchfork provided an average rating of 4.8 out of 10, describing the album as “smooth, professional, antiseptic soft-rock, which somehow also features Kendrick Lamar, Future, and A$AP Rocky”. However, some internet sources say that Maroon 5 later regretted having the album title as Red Pill Blues which also happened to be the name of a very controversial Men’s rights activist movement. A significant number of guests were featured in this album within production, songwriting, instrumentals and vocals. The album received significant commercial success. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 and Billboard Canadian albums, and at number one on Gaon music chart (South Korean International albums). Other than this, the album was featured in many music charts across the world and reached within the top ten positions in countries like Australia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and Slovakia. The artwork concept of the album is also very interesting, which shows all the seven members of the band pictured on Polaroid photographs with Snapchat filters, which have become a mainstream social media culture. Overall, being a mainstream pop album, it can be said that it has already received significant success.

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Album Info

"Red Pill Blues"

Artist

Released

  • Jun 15, 2018

Genres

  • Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
  • Contemporary Pop/Rock
  • Pop

Label

  • 222
  • Interscope

Producer

  • John Ryan
  • Noah Passavoy
  • OzGo
  • Phil Paul
  • Sam Farrar
  • Jason Evigan
  • Julien Bunetta
  • Afterhrs
  • Ben Billions
  • Charlie Puth
  • Diplo
  • King Henry
  • Ricky Reed
  • Cirkut
  • TMS
  • Benny Blanco
  • The Arcade
  • Louie Lastic
  • Ryan Ogren
  • Nick Bailey

Studio

  • Conway Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

About

Red Pill Blues is the sixth studio album by American band Maroon 5. It was released on November 3, 2017, by 222 Records and Interscope Records. This is the band's first release to feature multi-instrumentalist Sam Farrar, as an official member after he became a touring member in 2012. The title of the album refers to the science fiction term of taking the red pill or the blue pill, which originated from the 1999 sci-fi film The Matrix. The album is the follow-up to their fifth studio album V (pronounced: "five") (2014) and features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Julia Michaels, SZA, ASAP Rocky, LunchMoney Lewis and Future.
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