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Snap judgment: Maroon 5's 'Wake Up Call'

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I’ve got to hand it to Maroon 5: It’s not every day a mainstream pop act releases a single about gleefully murdering a cheating lover’s hulking boy-toy. And while I’m not an advocate for indiscriminate gun violence, somehow “Wake Up Call” plays as good, catchy fun — mainly because the grim lyrical content is paired with the band’s signature combination of jaunty guitars, shiny, happy synth lines, and the kind of melody you want to crank up on the car stereo and belt enthusiastically — even though you’ll probably end up mumbling the verses. True, it’s all a little too CSI: Miami when the sound of a thumping left ventricle answers frontman Adam Levine’s question, “Is his heart still beating?” But so what? If corporate radio is going to insist on playing the same nine songs every hour, they could do a lot worse than “Wake Up Call.” But don’t take my word for it; listen for yourself after the jump, then give your own snap judgment in the comments section below.

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