The group hasn’t been a rock outfit for many years—and that’s just fine with Adam Levine
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Maybe we’ve put too much emphasis on the legacy of Romanticism. Ever since Beethoven, music has been expected to reveal the performer’s true, tortured self. But Maroon 5 make a retro argument for classicism, striving to create perfect, tight melodies–craft for craft’s sake. They don’t want to express themselves–they just want to win pop music.