Sounds Like Another Mistake…
Maroon 5 have collaborated with another dominating female rapper for a new single. “Beautiful Mistakes” is like a successor to “Girls Like You”, only Megan Thee Stallion takes the heavy role that was once for Cardi B. On the other hand, that’s not saying much about Maroon 5.
The new single tells the story of a breakup from two opposing sides. One being Adam Levine, who’s in a melancholic mindset, while the other is Megan Thee Stallion, holding her ground as an independent individual.
The two vocalists’ styles foil each other in a way that fits the theme of the song. The entire song tackles the idea of a couple broken up and their lives afterwards. One will be sad and regret it, while the other thrives with their newfound independence. It’s this paradox that echoes through some of the word play, such as “broken dreams” and the title of the song itself.
Stallion brings an aggression that a woman furious about a breakup would embody. The line “The only way I’m comin’ back to you is if you’re dreaming, lucid,” sums up the character Stallion takes on in the single.
Meanwhile, Levine seems to be the one who questions whether it was the right thing to do, even though he tries to “… keep (himself) from lookin’ soft”. The idea that it’s the male figure who’s the most defeated twists the gender boundaries. This inverted approach to gender roles rhyme each other as much as the poetry in their respective verses.
Maroon 5 lost their way over the years because of the evolution of pop music. Their alternative sound has been overthrown by overproduced techno-beats. It’s almost a relief if a live snear is heard in a beat by them. The overall beat brought a calming vibe to the messy idea of a breakup. The guitar chords were gentle and mellow that complimented Levine’s vocals quite well. That doesn’t mean it’s the best guitar work they’ve created in their library, though. The band went from sounding like they had a bone to pick with sexual frustration to cookie-cutter pop music. The song heavily relies on today’s pop music to sound somewhat relevant instead of original.
The torn emotions from him show the sadness that comes with many Maroon 5 songs. The lyrics were well-written for both Levine and Stallion, but it may get lost in the current pop era of the Maroon 5 discography.
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) March 3, 2021
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