Maroon 5’s high-profile headlining set during Sunday’s halftime show at the Super Bowl got a review from New York Times critic Jon Caramanica that might leave a mark — even if the band’s performance didn’t.
Calling Maroon 5 “a quasi-soul, quasi-rock, utterly funkless band,” Caramanica writes that the band was “likely the third or eighth or maybe 14th choice for a headliner.”
“In a year in which the Super Bowl halftime show has become a referendum on political mindfulness, in which the N.F.L. has become a staging ground for conversations about racial justice in America, Maroon 5 was a cynically apt choice,” the piece notes. “It is neutral, inoffensive, sleek without promising too much. For nearly two decades, it has been wildly popular without leaving much of a musical mark, as easy to forget as mild weather.”
Caramanica adds: “And the band did no better during its 13 and a half minutes onstage, in a performance that was dynamically flat, mushy at the edges, worthy of something much worse than derision: a shrug. It was an inessential performance from a band that might have lost some moral authority if it had any moral authority to lose.”
And it keeps going. Click on the link above to The New York Times to read the full review.