It Won't Be Soon Before Long

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It Won't Be Soon Before Long
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
Recorded2005–2007
Studio
Genre
Length40:32
LabelA&M Octone
Producer
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: August 21, 2008

It Won't Be Soon Before Long is the second studio album by the American pop rock band Maroon 5. It was released in May 2007 by A&M Octone Records, as the follow-up to their debut album Songs About Jane (2002). 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[5] and, as of 2011, approximately 5 million copies worldwide. It is the first feature drummer Matt Flynn. The band's former drummer, percussionist and background vocalist – Ryan Dusick, who officially left the band in 2006 due to serious wrist and shoulder injuries, was credited as the "Musical Director".[6]

The band embarked on It Won't Be Soon Before Long Tour (2007–2008) in support of the album.

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 their 2002 debut album 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.[7] 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."[8]

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."[9]

The chorus of "Nothing Lasts Forever" is the same as the one 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..."[10]

Commercial reception[edit]

It Won't Be Soon Before Long debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 429,000 copies in its first week of release. It Won't Be Soon Before Long sold 102,000 copies digitally, breaking a record set last week when Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) moved 84,000 via that format to debut at No. 1. The latter album slips to No. 2 this week with 198,000, a 68% sales decline.

In the UK, it became his second album to reach the number one spot, but their first to debut atop the UK Albums Chart. In Australia, peaked at number five, lower than their first studio album Songs About Jane which peaked at number one in 2004. It peaked at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart and New Zealand. At number three in Ireland, Japan and Mexico, at number five in Australia and Taiwan, and number six in Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

It Won't Be Soon Before Long was certified Gold in Ireland, Italy and New Zealand, platinum in Australia, Canada, Japan and the UK. 2x Platinum in the US, and 3x Platinum in South Korea. It was certified Diamond in Colombia and Mexico.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[12]
Blender3.5/5 stars[13]
Entertainment WeeklyB[14]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Now3/5[15]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[17]
Spin3.5/5 stars[18]
The Times3/5 stars[19]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[20]

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.[11]

AllMusic rated the album 4.5 stars out of 5, commenting that the production of the album "is so immaculate that it glistens".[12] Billboard rated it 4.5 stars. This album was #32 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[21]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Makes Me Wonder" was released as the lead single from the album on March 27, 2007. It became the band's first number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Dance Club Songs charts. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 50th Grammy Awards, their second song to win the award. The song was among the most successful of 2007, and was their biggest hit until the release of "Moves like Jagger" by the band in 2011. It also reached number one in Canada and Hungary.

The second single, "Wake Up Call", was released on July 17, 2007. It peaked at number three in the Belgium region of Flanders, at number six in Canada, and eight in Italy. It became a top-twenty hit, peaking at number nineteen in Australia and the United States.

"Won't Go Home Without You" was released as the third single on November 19, 2007. It peaked at number 48 in the Billboard Hot 100. As of June 2014, the song has sold 1,647,000 copies in the US. The song became the first Maroon 5 single to fail to chart in the UK top 40, only peaking at number 44 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was nominated for Best Pop Performance from a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 51st Grammy Awards, though this award went to Coldplay for their song "Viva la Vida".

The fourth single, "If I Never See Your Face Again" was re-recorded to feature singer Rihanna, and released digitally on May 2, 2008 to promote the June 2008 re-issue of the album, impacting mainstream radio stations on May 15, 2008. It achieved moderate chart success on singles charts around the world. In the United States, the song peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on July 26, 2008. It peaked at number 10 on the Adult Pop Songs chart; number 30 on the Pop Songs chart and 21 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. The song was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 51st Grammy Awards.

The fifth and final single of the album "Goodnight Goodnight", was released on August 21, 2008.[22]

Other songs[edit]

"Nothing Lasts Forever" charted at number 23 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which is equivalent to #123 on the Billboard Hot 100.[23]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."If I Never See Your Face Again"3:21
2."Makes Me Wonder"
3:31
3."Little of Your Time"Levine
2:17
4."Wake Up Call"
  • Levine
  • Valentine
3:20
5."Won't Go Home Without You"Levine
  • Elizondo
  • Stent
  • Maroon 5
3:51
6."Nothing Lasts Forever"Levine
  • Elizondo
  • Stent
  • Maroon 5
3:07
7."Can't Stop"
  • Levine
  • Valentine
 2:37
8."Goodnight Goodnight"Levine
  • Elizondo
  • Stent
  • Maroon 5
4:03
9."Not Falling Apart"Levine
  • Elizondo
  • Stent
  • Maroon 5
4:06
10."Kiwi"
  • Levine
  • Carmichael
  • Elizondo
  • Stent
  • Maroon 5
3:34
11."Better That We Break"Levine
  • Elizondo
  • Stent
  • Maroon 5
3:07
12."Back at Your Door"
  • Levine
  • Carmichael
  • Endert
  • Maroon 5
3:47
Total length:40:32

Sample credit

  • "Nothing Lasts Forever" contains an interpolation of the 2005 song "Heard 'Em Say" by Kanye West featuring Adam Levine.


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.[25] 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.TitleLength
13."If I Never See Your Face Again" (featuring Rihanna)3:22
14."Infatuation"4:27
15."Miss You, Love You"3:10
16."Until You're Over Me"3:17
17."Story"4:27
18."Losing My Mind"3:21
DVD

Special version[edit]

No.TitleChangesLength
1."If I Never See Your Face Again"Preceded by Levine's as and sung with Rihanna3:50
2."Makes Me Wonder" 3:34
3."Little of Your Time"Changed the introduction instrument2:20
4."Wake Up Call"Changed the dynamics3:27
5."Won't Go Home Without You"Backing vocals by the public3:49
6."Nothing Lasts Forever" 3:08
7."Can't Stop" 2:35
8."Goodnight Goodnight"Changed the dynamics4:08
9."Not Falling Apart" 4:03
10."Kiwi"Length of the introduction notes3:39
11."Better That We Break"A little reduced[26]2:59
12."Back at Your Door"Changed the tonality3:29
13."Until You're Over Me" 3:20
14."Infatuation"Followed by Levine's thankings4:59
15."Figure it Out" 3:00

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) Platinum[61] 70,000
Canada (Music Canada) Platinum[62]
Colombia (ASINCOL) Diamond
Ireland (IRMA) Gold[63]
Italy (IFPI) Gold[64]
Japan (RIAJ) Platinum[65]
Mexico (AMPROFON) Diamond+2×Gold[66]
New Zealand (RIANZ) Gold[67] 7,500
South Korea (MIAK) 3× Platinum[68] 14,804+[69]
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum[70] 413,451[71]
United States (RIAA) 2× Platinum[72] 2,000,000


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

Credits and personnel[edit]

Maroon 5
Others
  • Ryan Dusick – musical director
  • David Campbell – strings, horns (arrangement and conducting) (track 12)
  • Mike Elizondo – bass and additional piano (track 11), additional guitar (5), additional keyboards (1, 6 & 9)
  • Lenny Castro – percussion (tracks 1-2 & 10)
  • Bill Reichenbach – horns (track 10)
  • Daniel Higgins – horns (track 10)
  • Gary Grant – horns (track 10)
  • Jerry Hey – horns (track 10)
  • Rashida Jones – additional vocals (track 10)
  • Adam MacDougall – additional keyboards (track 7)
  • Matt Teal – additional keyboards (track 4)
  • Mark Endert – additional keyboards (tracks 1-2 & 4), audio mixing (1-2 & 4), recording engineer (1-2 & 4), music arranger (4), drum machine (1-2 & 4)
  • Mary J. Blige – vocals
  • Rihanna – vocals

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)[24] March 7, 2008
Australia (Deluxe edition)[73] March 15, 2008

Re-issue[edit]

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

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