The great Neil Young once asked the important question as to whether it’s better to burn out or fade away, and today we’re going to be taking a long, hard look at some bands who chose to do one or the other, and how it turned out for them. We’re looking at 10 bands who peaked early and we’ll be speaking on groups who had extremely strong first/second outings before taking a nose dive towards the weaker territory they now occupy (in some cases, this weakness is more extreme than others). And just like Mr. Young, we’ll be asking ourselves (and you, readers) whether it really was better for these bands to burn out and/or fade away, whether they should’ve quit while they were ahead, and whether or not we’re happy they’re still producing (admittedly mediocre) tunes.
10. Maroon Five
There’s few bands on Earth that are more consistently hated than Maroon Five, and for good reason. The Adam Levine-led project has produced some terrifically awful work as of late, with ridiculous songs such as “Moves Like Jagger” becoming so stale and overplayed that they’re best reserved for instances of cruel and unusual punishment rather than casual radio listening. That said, with all the justifiable hatred floating around, it’s easy to forget that Maroon Five’s first creative endeavour, Songs About Jane, was a really, really solid album. Before Levine and company became the vapid, pop-infused meatheads they appear to be these days, they were producing quality soft rock ballads that made good use of Levine’s unique voice, a sharp contrast to the overproduced whine that lets listeners known he’s attempting to make noise in their more recent work. Would it have been better to quit while they were ahead? In light of their recent work, we think it may’ve been.http://frontrowelectronics.typepad.com/my-blog/2015/02/in-concert-maroon-5.html Source: Frontrowelectronics.typepad.com