Oh, Maroon 5. Here’s the thing, I used to love them so much, back when I was like 14…I think I was 14. And it wasn’t because I was 14, so much as they were actually a fantastic band. I trust my 14 year old judgment a lot. Because you have to, even if you regret certain discoveries, you were developing a taste in your earlier years, and any music aficionado nowadays has to relish in their earlier years. Regardless of what you think about the bands that you loved back then, today, you deserve credit because if you call yourself a music aficionado, you probably know what you’re talking about. You sought out different music, tasted different flavors, and discovered which musical outfit suited you best. And that’s bold when you’re a teenager. It’s really easy to just give in and listen to what’s on the radio. I think what set me apart as a music nerd was my obsession with a song that would eventually lead to my obsession with the band. I did a lot of exploring if I fell in love with one song. A lot of people are like this, they find one song by a new band and have to hear everything that band has ever produced. This is what happened with me when I first listened to Maroon 5.
Maroon 5 in their earlier years of work produced music that I followed avidly. I was happy to come across this remix; while it didn’t remind me of their earlier work, it didn’t necessarily remind me of their present day work either. It was spun out in a totally different direction, that is in turn adorable and fun. Despite what friends might say about Maroon 5, I stand by my previous comments about their earlier music. That discovery happened for me at a pivotal point in my musical life, and credit must be given for that reason. And I do have to admit that they make music that is really fun to remix, as it seems their music has just enough bounce as it is to match a dance beat. This song brings me back to the happiness and emotions that I felt when I used to listen to Songs About Jane in the most nostalgic and present way. Penguin Prison brings no surprises with the tunes here, as I’ve come to expect great remixes from this tastemaker.