Music Review: Maroon 5 ft. SZA – What Lovers do

Maroon 5 shows us how it's done.


The Los Angeles pop/rock band Maroon 5 enlisted the vocals of neo-soul singer SZA for one of their latest singles entitled ‘What Lovers do.’ The song is taken off of their sixth studio album ‘Red Pill Blues,’ which was released on November 3 2017 under the record label Interscope. It is a classic Maroon 5 sing along jam. The single debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart before rising 3 spots to 9th.

Exchanging playful “Say say say, hey hey now baby” with the talented SZA, the pair are entangled in a game of cat and mouse. The first verse opens with Adam Lavine playing the role of an apparently frustrated lover who doesn’t know where he stands. This sets the tone for the chorus, where the lead singer is prepared to put a price on her love (“Tell me, tell me if you love me or not, love me or not, love me or not. I’ll bet the house on you, am I lucky or not, lucky or not, lucky or not?).


The second verse and bridge are more or less done as a duet with SZA echoing Lavine’s questions (“Are we too grown for changing? Are we too grown to mess around?”). Their vocals are complimented by breezy synth pads and digital handclaps.


Maroon 5 have been unfairly accused of being a one man show at times with critics questioning whether the band can take creative decisions without their captain. The band, led by the virtuoso that is Adam Levine, has stood the test of time. While some pop bands
were breaking up and others popped up around them, they kept their heads down and continued to deliver just the sort of timeless music we have come to associate with them.


The composition of this particular one is astonishing. I was pleasantly surprised at how, during the first chorus, the beat is carried out by a robust base guitar only for it to be replaced by the clanging sounds of an electric later on. This certainly made me sit up in the realisation that their creative energy is on another level.

Article By Zimbeni Mphande