Songs About Jane

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Songs About Jane
Studio album by Maroon 5
Released June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)
Recorded Rumbo Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Pop rock,[1] alternative rock,[2] blue-eyed soul[3]
Length 46:06
Label Octone, J
Producer Matt Wallace, Mark Endert
Maroon 5 chronology
The Fourth World
(1997)
Songs About Jane
(2002)
1.22.03.Acoustic
(2004)
Singles from Songs About Jane
  1. "Harder to Breathe"
    Released: July 9, 2002
  2. "This Love"
    Released: January 27, 2004
  3. "She Will Be Loved"
    Released: July 27, 2004
  4. "Sunday Morning"
    Released: December 2, 2004
  5. "Must Get Out"
    Released: April 5, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
PopMatters (unfavorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice (favorable)[1]

Songs About Jane is the debut studio album by American pop rock band Maroon 5, released on June 25, 2002 by Octone and J Records The album became a sleeper hit with help of five singles that attained chart success, including the Billboard hit "Harder to Breathe" and international hits "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved". The album was re-released on October 14, 2003 and at the end of 2004, the album reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 chart. Songs About Jane had sold nearly 2.7 million copies by the end of 2004, and over 5 million copies in the U.S. as of April 2014.

Background[edit]

All but one member of the band had been members of a previous Los Angeles band called Kara's Flowers which released an album called The Fourth World in mid-1997 on Reprise Records with little success. Kara's Flowers left Reprise Records in 1999 and with the addition of guitarist James Valentine became Maroon 5.

The band played show case gigs in New York City and Los Angeles. Singer and guitarist Adam Levine credited the interim with influencing the band's new style in an interview with VH1. "During the time between our record deals, I spent a lot of time in New York where I was exposed to an urban and hip-hop culture in a way that had never happened to me in L.A. It turned me on to an entirely new genre of music which has had a profound impact on my song writing."

The band signed with Octone Records, a New York independent label with distribution through BMG and an artist development deal with Clive Davis' J Records. The band recorded Songs About Jane at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with producer Matt Wallace,[7] who had also produced with Train, Faith No More, and O.A.R.. Production was handled primarily by Wallace, with Mark Endert mixing with additional production for "This Love"

All the songs on the album were either written or co-written by Levine while he was living in New York. Much of the lyrics for the album are inspired by Levine's relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jane. Levine confirmed this, saying there was at least one line in every song about her.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

The album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions. After the release of the album in mid-2002, the band toured with Michelle Branch and Nikka Costa. They also toured with Matchbox Twenty and Sugar Ray during some of their shows in 2003. In March 2004, the album had reached the top 20 of the Billboard 200, and had reached the top 10 by the end of the year. Songs About Jane also eventually topped the UK and Australian album charts. Songs About Jane was the seventh best-selling album of 2004 in the U.S., with about 2.7 million copies sold.[9] In Australia, the album did not chart on the End of Year Charts until 2004, where it reached No. 6. As of April 2014, the album has sold over 5 million copies in the United States.[10]

The album was generally well received by music critics. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone praised the album for its "vaguely funky white-soul stylings, tunefulness and vocals" and mentioned "Must Get Out" and "This Love" as the album's standout tracks.[3] Allmusic's MacKenzie Wilson called the album an "impressive rebirth" from Kara's Flowers' "indie outfit", stating: "Songs About Jane is love-drunk on what makes Maroon 5 tick as a band ... they've got grit and a sexy strut, personally and musically."[4] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian commented that the album "isn't as useless as one would hope ... Songs About Jane is pitched at the Busted market, for which their guitar-mashing and surging harmonies eminently qualify them."[11] PopMatters's Jason Thompson, however, panned the album, criticizing Levine's likeness to Jay Kay of Jamiroquai. Calling the album "limp at best", he further added: "There’s simply nothing here to get excited about. And what about that soul that these guys are boasting about, anyway?"[6]

Singles[edit]

The first single "Harder to Breathe", released a month after the album, slowly started to pick up airplay which helped spur sales of the album. "Harder to Breathe" had also made the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts and the singles charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.[12]

The second single from the album "This Love". The song won the band their first Grammy Award, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and the 2006 Grammy Awards. In March 2004, two years after being released, the song reached the top 10 of the Australian and United States singles charts, as of March 2004. The music video had to be edited to avoid being banned from MTV.[13]

"She Will Be Loved", the third single from the album, also reached similar chart success, topping the Australian and Belgian charts and peaking at No. 5 in the United States.[12]

"Sunday Morning" was released as the fourth single from the album. It did not reach the chart success of the previous singles but nevertheless garnered positive reviews from critics. It was reported that this single was what got the band signed to Octone Records, with its executive Ben Berkman calling it "genius".[13]

The fifth and final release from the album "Must Get Out". The single failed to chart in the US, and just made the Top 30 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand.

Other songs[edit]

"Sweetest Goodbye" was featured in the 2003 British romantic comedy film Love Actually.

"Secret" was featured in the 2005 American romantic comedy film The Wedding Date.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition

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

No. Title Length
1. "Harder to Breathe"   2:53
2. "This Love"   3:26
3. "Shiver"   3:01
4. "She Will Be Loved" (Levine, James Valentine) 4:17
5. "Tangled" (Levine) 3:19
6. "The Sun" (Levine) 4:10
7. "Must Get Out"   3:59
8. "Sunday Morning"   4:06
9. "Secret"   4:57
10. "Through with You"   3:03
11. "Not Coming Home" (Carmichael, Dusick, Levine) 4:23
12. "Sweetest Goodbye" (Levine) 4:31
Total length:
47:06

* The version of "She Will Be Loved" on Disc 1 is the Radio Mix that is used in the music video.

** Bonus tracks on the import release of Songs About Jane, manufactured for and distributed by BMG New Zealand Limited in 2004.

*** In 2012, along with the release of their fourth album, Overexposed, the band released a 10th Anniversary Edition of Songs About Jane in distribution of Universal Music.[15]

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Songs About Jane adapted from Allmusic.[16]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[46] Platinum 40,000x
Argentina (CAPIF)[46]
Re-release
2× Platinum 80,000x
Australia (ARIA)[47] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold  
Belgium (BEA)[49] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[50] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[52] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[53] Gold 19,571[53]
France (SNEP)[54] 2× Gold 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[55] Platinum 300,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[56] Gold 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[57] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[58] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[59] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[60] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[61] Gold 25,000*
Portugal (AFP)[62] Gold 20,000x
Russia (NFPF)[63] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[64] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[65] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[66] Gold 20,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] 6× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[68] 5× Platinum 5,000,000[10]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[69] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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