The Fourth World (album)

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The Fourth World
Studio album by Kara's Flowers
Released August 19, 1997
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, power pop
Producer Rob Cavallo
Kara's Flowers chronology
The Fourth World
Songs About Jane

The Fourth World is the unofficial debut album by the Los Angeles-based pop rock band Maroon 5, released under the name Kara's Flowers. The album contains 11 tracks plus one bonus track on the Japanese edition.

The band signed with Reprise Records and released the album on August 19, 1997.[1] However, the band had little success with the album and parted with the record label two years later.

This was the second album released, though it was the only album officially released by a record label by the band under the name of Kara's Flowers. The band continued to explore different musical styles until finally coming together again with James Valentine to form Maroon 5, who released subsequent albums thereafter.[2]


The only single released from the album was "Soap Disco", released July 22, 1997. A music video was produced for the single, depicting the group walking through a park and performing in an orange and green room. A storm appears at the end of the video.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Giving the album a B+, Tom Lanham with Entertainment Weekly said the "optimistic, lyrically awkward kids spend 10 more happy tracks turning the tables on lethargic slacker cynicism, with Green Day producer Rob Cavallo bridling all that youthful zeal."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, except where noted.

  1. "Soap Disco" – 2:40
  2. "Future Kid" – 4:44
  3. "Myself" – 3:05
  4. "Oliver" – 2:38
  5. "The Never Saga" (Levine, Carmichael) – 3:58
  6. "Loving the Small Time" – 3:32
  7. "To Her, With Love" – 2:52
  8. "Sleepy Windbreaker" (Levine, Carmichael) – 3:05
  9. "Pantry Queen" (Levine, Carmichael) – 3:46
  10. "My Ocean Blue" – 3:11
  11. "Captain Splendid" (Levine, Carmichael) – 5:59
  12. "Buddy Two-Shoes Wilson" (Levine, Carmichael) – 2:19 (Japanese bonus track)


Kara's Flowers

Additional musician



  1. ^ Kara's Flowers Artist Page Accessed August 18th, 2007.
  2. ^ allmusic: Kara's Flowers Accessed August 18th, 2007.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Lanham, Tom (1997-08-15), "The week". Entertainment Weekly. 392:74