Maroon 5: Adam Levine (vocals, guitar); Jesse Carmichael (guitar, keyboards); James Valentine (guitar); Mickey Madden (bass guitar); Matt Flynn (drums).
Audio Mixers: Charles Roane; Jaycen Joshua; Ryan West; Dave Pensado; Eric Valentine ; Mark "Spike" Stent; Mark Endert ; Maroon 5; Matt Wallace ; Michael Barbiero; Andrew Wright; Sam Farrar.
Audio Remasterer: Fred Kevorkian.
Audio Remixers: The Cool Kids; Christopher "Tricky" Stewart; DJ Premier; David Banner; Deerhoof; Individuals; James Poyser; Just Blaze; ?uestlove; Paul Oakenfold; Pharrell Williams; Swizz Beatz; Ali Shaheed Muhammad; Sam Farrar.
Recording information: Rob Mounsey Studio.
CALL & RESPONSE: THE REMIX ALBUM will come as a pleasant surprise to anyone who has criticized Maroon 5 in the past for playing it too safe with their radio-friendly adult alternative pop. This isn't to say that the 18 tracks that make up CALL & RESPONSE aren't accessible and pop-minded, but the fresh perspectives brought by the remixers to the project expand the band's usual sonic boundaries considerably.
No one can accuse the album of not being diverse; remixers include ?uestlove of the Roots, Of Montreal, and Pharrell Williams. Of course, Maroon 5's sweet melodies and R&B-influenced grooves are still at the heart of each track, but, thanks to guests as wide-ranging as experimental rockers Deerhoof, electro-pop mavens Cut Copy, and urban contemporary chart queen Rihanna, there's no shortage of new sounds to savor.
Rolling Stone (p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Maroon 5, art rockers? These remixes of the group's hits by indie acts like Of Montreal and Deerhoof make the idea seem oddly plausible."
Billboard (p.45) - "The band enlisted names big and small to get deep into its two-album catalog, and judging from the thoughtfulness of the contributions, they're all pre-existing Maroon fans."
This remix album was quite unnecessary and quite bad, unfortunately. I enjoy remix albums normally, but when this came out and heard it I wasn't too taken to the remixes. I felt that they could've been a lot better. The remix of makes me wonder is a highlight though. Try it, if you like remixes, they're just not my type of remixes.
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