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Maroon 5 Reaches For More On 'Hands All Over'10:10


Maroon 5 debuted on the music charts in 2002 with its album, "Songs About Jane." Since then, the band has sold more than 15 million records, won numerous music awards and has fans around the world, but they've yet to win over the music critics. Guest host Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael about the group's new and third studio album, "Hands All Over," which is a mix of funk, soul, rock and country.

Lead singer Adam Levine and keyboardist Jesse Carmichael say with their new album, Hands All Over, they're aiming to pull in people unfamiliar with their previous hits, like "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved."

"There's a lot of division in the world right now," Carmichael says. "I think it's so wonderful to try and reach out to people who wouldn't necessarily know our band."

Looking for someone to push their creative selves, the band recruited producer Mutt Lange, a man made famous by his work with a diverse mix of artists, from AC/DC to Shania Twain. His direction led the band toward new sounds and introduced unexpected participants. The track "Out of Goodbyes" finds the band trying on a country twang with some help from Lady Antebellum.

"Mutt helped me orchestrate some higher harmony things that sounded like they could be from a female," Levine says. "We thought, 'Wow, we need a girl to sing this, it sounds like a country duet.' And that's what it turned into."

But make no mistake; Maroon 5 has not gone Western. Motown and funk are just a few of the styles employed elsewhere on the record.

"Our band has always struggled to find an identity," Levine says. "We love so many different styles of music. Stylistically, we just feel like we're so all over the map sometimes."

Despite its diversity, Levine believes Hands All Over is the group's most cohesive album yet. He says he's excited about the possibility of a more diverse crowd at future concerts.

"This is an album, start to finish," Levine says. "It's an opportunity for us to play for a completely different group of people who may not know how we are."

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