Songs About Jane made a significant mark on Maroon 5. Their debut album reached number 6 on the Billboard 200, and with their pop-rockesque, catchy tunes, went worldwide.
Way back in 1994, they were known as Kara's Flowers, and had the same members except for guitarist James Valentine. Matt Flynn also took over Ryan Dusick as drummer, citing injuries.
I lived with the daily anguish of knowing that it was just a matter of time before my body would give out on me.
- Ryan Dusick, Midnight Miles: On the Road Through 5 Continents & 17 Countries
Songs About Jane (2002) remains the better of their two EPs. It comes through as a sol id effort from the band and delivers a blues/soul sound that's easy on the ears. Lyrically, Songs About Jane is impressive and heartfelt. THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is what a proper pop band should sound like.
After their not as successful album It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2006), Maroon 5 has been missing from the charts and radio waves. The sophomore album lacks the soul and depth of Songs About Jane, and sounds as if it has been put together haphazardly.
So where are they now?
Ever since 2008, Maroon 5 has been working on their third album, entitled Hands All Over. Adam Levine says (from Rolling Stone):
This is more like our debut. We're less interested in moving the machine and more concerned with writing music naturally.
If this album becomes a success, then their "concern with writing music naturally" will actually be "moving the machine". Confirmed tracks from the album are 'I Can't Lie', 'Out of Goodbyes', and 'Give a Little More'.