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The first time I heard Maroon 5, I thought I was listening to Justin Timberlake backed by a jazzy Memphis rock trio. Their music was funky. It was eminently listenable. Lead singer Adam Levine’s voice was a silky as Timberlake’s, but it had an edge. An edge that comes only with years of labor in obscurity.Maroon 5 had existed, in some form, for nearly a decade before they won the Grammy for in 2005. Though their first album under the name Maroon 5, Songs About Jane, debuted in 2002, it wasn’t until 2004 that the band finally popped into the national and international scene. Their sound was different than anything else on the pop or rock airwaves. With Levine’s crystal pipes at the forefront, their music had an incredible smoothness. But behind Levine’s vocals was real musicianship. There was an unmistakably sexy funk in the present but not overbearing drumming. And more importantly the wah-pedal infused, blues-riff guitar was just as much a tentpole of the band’s sound as its frontman’s vocals. Songs About Jane proved Maroon 5 was original, captivating, and versatile. The tracks on the album ranged from the stripped down “Tangled” to the arena-worthy “Not Coming Home”. All the songs on the were about the complications of love, which isn’t a unique premise, but when combined the band’s novel sound, it made for one of the .