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Chatting up Adam

Lots of young women would love to be marooned with Maroon 5's Adam Levine, especially now that he's sexier than ever

Chatting up Adam

Maroon 5 have a hit song called "Wake-up Call", but getting an actual wake-up call from lead singer Adam Levine at 7am proves to be considerably chillier. Phoning in an interview for The Nation from LA, the hunky and usually lively Levine's voice is a quiet monotone.

The chart-topping American pop-and-R&B quintet are coming to Bangkok for a show on March 3, and fans will be forgiven for their screaming fits - along with Levine, there are the equally handsome guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, keyboard player Jesse Carmichael and drummer Matt Flynn.

The band's 2005 debut album, "Songs about Jane", sold more than 10 million copies and earned a pair of Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist. The heartbreaker single "This Love" had Levine bringing all of his romantic pain and frustration to the fore. "It's therapeutic," he says.

Last May, coming off the road as the back-up band for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5 released their much-anticipated second album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long".

The word was that the band was struggling under the pressure to come up with something even better than the first disc, but Levine says he was feeling no pressure at all.

"I feel really good about it," he says of "Won't Be Soon". "I don't have any hang-ups about the first album whatsoever."

He claims the content of the follow-up is "darker" too, but the music video promoting "Makes Me Wonder" from the album has Levine being frisked by sexy female airport staff. His usual plaid shirt is replaced with a jacket and tie.

Levine has become a sex symbol - even if it's of the love-gone-wrong variety.

"Sex, fashion and music - they're all a package," he says, insisting that the best music from everyone from Bob Dylan to Pearl Jam has a "raw sexual energy" to it.

Meanwhile Maroon 5's music is blatantly moving into R&B and hip-hop, with established stars of those genres like Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige showing up for collaborations.

It's not the most original move: The industry is frantically pairing cliques together, but Levine feels positive about what he calls "embracing all the changes that are taking place".

He's not sure where it's all heading, he admits, but he's hoping to bring out the best of every sound.

The new tack seems to be on target. The band just won another Grammy Award - for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for the hit "Makes Me Wonder".

Lisnaree Vichitsorasatra

The Nation

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