It Won't Be Soon Before Long

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It Won't Be Soon Before Long.
Studio album by Maroon 5
Released May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
(see release history)
Genre Electro-funk, blue-eyed soul[1]
Length 40:32
Label A&M/Octone
Producer Maroon 5, Mike Elizondo, Mark "Spike" Stent, Mark Endert, Eric Valentine, Sam Farrar
Maroon 5 chronology
Live – Friday the 13th
(2005)
It Won't Be Soon Before Long
(2007)
The B-Side Collection
(2007)
Singles from It Won't Be Soon Before Long
  1. "Makes Me Wonder"
    Released: March 27, 2007
  2. "Wake Up Call"
    Released: July 17, 2007
  3. "Won't Go Home Without You"
    Released: November 19, 2007
  4. "If I Never See Your Face Again"
    Released: May 2, 2008
  5. "Goodnight Goodnight"
    Released: November 3, 2008

It Won't Be Soon Before Long. is the second studio album by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released on May 22, 2007. The name was inspired by a phrase the band adopted to keep themselves motivated while on their tour. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling around 430,000 copies in its first week[2] and, as of 2011, approximately 5 million copies worldwide. Former drummer Ryan Dusick was credited as "Musical Director".[3]

Background[edit]

It Won't Be Soon Before Long has 12 songs, plus 6 bonus tracks. The band stated in interviews that the album has a different feel to it from the Songs About Jane. The songs are not all based on one specific relationship, as in Jane; and also have a different sound than their first album, being more electric and drawing inspiration from such artists as Talking Heads, Michael Jackson and Prince. A review written prior to the album's release described the songs as having a very retro feel.[4] Adam Levine explained that this record is a little more self-confident and powerful lyrically: "...you can dance to it, there's a little more attitude."[5]

According to Levine working with other artists had influences on the album: "Kanye West and Alicia Keys are amazing talents, in totally different ways. Just seeing such amazing people working in the studio. I definitely took things away from them."[6]

The chorus of "Nothing Lasts Forever" is the same used in the Kanye West single "Heard 'Em Say", which features Adam Levine with exclusion to the line, "...the distance between us makes it so hard to stay..."[7] The song has also featured in a trailer for the movie Definitely, Maybe.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[9]
Digital Spy 5/5 stars[10]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[11]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[1]
Stylus C+[12]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[14]
The Times 3/5 stars[15]

Initial critical response to It Won't Be Soon Before Long was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 66, based on 14 reviews.[16]

Allmusic rated the album 4.5 stars out of 5, commenting that the production of the album "is so immaculate that it glistens".[8] Billboard rated it 4.5 stars. This album was #32 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[17]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Makes Me Wonder" was released as the lead single from the album on March 27, 2007.

The second single, "Wake Up Call", was released on July 17, 2007.

"Won't Go Home Without You" was released as the third single on November 19, 2007.

"If I Never See Your Face Again" was re-recorded to feature singer Rihanna, and released digitally on May 2, 2008 as the fourth single to promote the June 2008 re-issue of the album, impactng mainstream radio stations on May 15, 2008.

The music video for the fifth and final single, "Goodnight Goodnight", was released on August 21, 2008. On November 3, 2008 the single was released in Brazil.

Despite not officially being released as a single, "Nothing Lasts Forever" managed to chart at number 23 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which is equivalent to #123 on the Billboard Hot 100.[18]

Performances[edit]

  • Maroon 5 performed a small six-date club tour in June. They hit small venues in Boston (May 30), San Francisco (June 1), Los Angeles (June 2), Minneapolis (June 7), Miami (June 9) and New York (June 11).[19]
  • March 31 - Maroon 5 introduced their first single "Makes Me Wonder" at the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards where they performed it live, although edited for younger audiences.
  • May 16 – Maroon 5 performed on American Idol Semi-finals Result Show.
  • May 18 – Maroon 5 performed at the Nassau Coliseum.
  • May 19 – Maroon 5 performed on Saturday Night Live. They performed "Makes Me Wonder" and "Won't Go Home Without You".
  • May 21 – Maroon 5 performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They performed their lead single "Makes Me Wonder" and "This Love".
  • May 23 – Maroon 5 performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Ellen. They performed their lead single "Makes Me Wonder". Then, Ellen interviewed Adam Levine.
  • May 29 – Maroon 5 performed on TRL. They performed "Makes Me Wonder" and "Won't Go Home Without You".
  • June 12 – Maroon 5 performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. They performed "Makes Me Wonder". They were the musical guests, which means no interview.
  • June 22 – Maroon 5 performed the songs "Wake Up Call", "Makes Me Wonder" and "This Love" at T4 on the Beach in Weston Super Mare, England, to promote their album in the UK.
  • July 1 – Maroon 5 performed on the Australian show Rove Live, as a musical guest. They performed "Makes Me Wonder". No interview with the band was made.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

All songs written and composed by Adam Levine, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "If I Never See Your Face Again" (Adam Levine, James Valentine) 3:21
2. "Makes Me Wonder" (Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Michael Madden) 3:31
3. "Little of Your Time" (Adam Levine) 2:17
4. "Wake Up Call" (Adam Levine, James Valentine) 3:21
5. "Won't Go Home Without You" (Adam Levine) 3:51
6. "Nothing Lasts Forever"   3:07
7. "Can't Stop" (Adam Levine, James Valentine) 2:32
8. "Goodnight Goodnight" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell) 4:03
9. "Not Falling Apart"   4:03
10. "Kiwi" (Levine, Valentine) 3:34
11. "Better That We Break"   3:06
12. "Back at Your Door" (Levine, Carmichael and feat. string arrangements by David Campbell) 3:47
Total length:
40:32

Korean/Australian Limited Deluxe Edition[edit]

Reissue[edit]

It Won't Be Soon Before Long was reissued in expanded form on June 29, 2008 in Australia and July 8, 2008 for the rest of the world via A&M/Octone. The package included a bonus DVD with four music videos and a full concert recorded on June 13, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The reissue contained the original 12 tracks plus five B-sides: "Infatuation", "Miss You Love You", "Until You're Over Me", "Story" and "Losing My Mind". Also added onto the track list is "If I Never See Your Face Again", Maroon 5's then-newest single featuring Rihanna.[21] The Australian and UK versions included one more track, a remix of "Wake Up Call" by Mark Ronson featuring Mary J. Blige.

In Australia, the CD was only available as the "Special Edition", and the DVD was not included as the Limited Edition featured a DVD. The UK version also does not include the DVD.

CD
  • Standard 12 tracks
Worldwide edition
No. Title Length
13. "If I Never See Your Face Again" (featuring Rihanna) 3:18
14. "Infatuation"   4:25
15. "Miss You Love You"   3:11
16. "Until You're Over Me"   3:17
17. "Story"   4:33
18. "Losing My Mind"   3:21
DVD

Special version[edit]

No. Title Changes Length
1. "If I Never See Your Face Again"   Preceded by Levine's as and sung with Rihanna 3:50
2. "Makes Me Wonder"     3:34
3. "Little of Your Time"   Changed the introduction instrument 2:20
4. "Wake Up Call"   Changed the dynamics 3:27
5. "Won't Go Home Without You"   Backing vocals by the public 3:49
6. "Nothing Lasts Forever"     3:08
7. "Can't Stop"     2:35
8. "Goodnight Goodnight"   Changed the dynamics 4:08
9. "Not Falling Apart"     4:03
10. "Kiwi"   Length of the introduction notes 3:39
11. "Better That We Break"   A little reduced[22] 2:59
12. "Back at Your Door"   Changed the tonality 3:29
13. "Until You're Over Me"     3:20
14. "Infatuation"   Followed by Levine's thankings 4:58
15. "Figure it Out"     3:00

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
Australian Singles Chart[65] 32
US BillboardDigital 200[66] 1
Chart (2008) Position
Australian Singles Chart[67] 71

Release history[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

Country Date
Japan May 16, 2007
Belgium May 18, 2007
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Switzerland
Australia May 19, 2007
France May 21, 2007
United Kingdom
Canada May 22, 2007
United States
South Korea
Sweden May 23, 2007
Brazil May 24, 2007
Germany May 25, 2007
South Korea (Limited deluxe edition) February 19, 2008
Taiwan (Deluxe edition)[20] March 7, 2008
Australia (Deluxe edition)[68] March 15, 2008

Re-issue[edit]

Region Date
Australia June 29, 2008
United States July 8, 2008

Personnel[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Minutes to Midnight by Linkin Park
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 3, 2007 – June 9, 2007
Succeeded by
Double Up by R. Kelly
UK number one album
May 27, 2007 – June 9, 2007
Succeeded by
Good Girl Gone Bad by Rihanna