By Josh Schonfeld
Here we go again. Yet another hyped up single premiere by a superstar act vying to have the coveted “Song of the Summer” title. Unfortunately for Maroon 5, their entry into the ring is as doomed as Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s try last week. While “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” is not the disaster that “Pretty Girls” was, it pales in comparison to their previous mega-hits such as “Payphone,” “Moves Like Jagger,” and their most recent one, “Sugar.”
It seems as though Maroon 5 has gone for gratuitous shock value with the chorus, “this summer’s gonna hurt like a motherfucker… fucker.” While it is fun to sing along to, it feels like an attempt to be considered “edgy” when it comes off as try-hard. It also doesn’t exactly make sense. Is it a good thing? Do I want to my summer to hurt like a motherfucker? Why is this something my friends and I should be chanting? But alas, nonsense is an integral part of pop music and therefore no need for explanation.
I, for one, am tired of the falsetto trend that seems to have plagued the pop landscape for the past few years. It was cute the first time, but when you bust it out for every single, it can become tiresome. Luckily, the chorus is untouched by the dreaded falsetto, but lead singer, Adam Levine, sneaks a few high notes in the verses for good measure.
Much like “Pretty Girls,” “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” seems to be brimming with syllables and poorly-timed rhythm. The flow between the lyrics and the melody derails multiple times during the verses, making it grating to listen to. It’s a shame because the beat and overall feel of the song is quite nice, especially for the summer months.
It has become clear that these pop acts, such as Maroon 5 and Britney Spears, are trying to artificially design a summer song, instead of letting it flow organically. There has been such weight placed on the summer months for artists that the pressure has become too much to bear for many of them, as they struggle to capture lightning in a bottle for an entire season. “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt” will certainly be played this summer, but will it hold the title of “Song of the Summer?” It’s still too early to tell, but I refuse to place it in the same category as such summer giants as “Fancy,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Party Rock Anthem” just yet.