Best 4 U

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"Best 4 U"
Song by Maroon 5
from the album Red Pill Blues
Format
Recorded2017
Conway Recording Studios
Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length3:59
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Bunetta
  • Afterhrs
  • Noah Passavoy

"Best 4 U" is the first track on American pop band Maroon 5's sixth studio album Red Pill Blues (2017). It was written by Adam Levine, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Alexander Izquierdo, Andrew Haas, and Ian Franzino and was produced by Bunetta, Afterhrs, and Noah Passavoy.

Background[edit]

After extensive touring in support of their fifth studio album, V (2014), Maroon 5 began the writing and recording sessions for their sixth studio album. On October 12, 2016, the band released the tropical house single "Don't Wanna Know", featuring American rapper Kendrick Lamar.[3] Another single, entitled "Cold", featuring American rapper Future, was released on February 14, 2017.[4] The band released the single "What Lovers Do", featuring American singer SZA on August 30, 2017.[5] On October 4, 2017, the group announced their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues.[6]

Composition[edit]

"Best 4 U" is a 3 minute and 59 second synth-funk song with influences of R&B. It was written by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Jacob Kasher "JKash" Hindlin, Alexander "Xplicit" Izquierdo, Andrew Haas, and Ian Franzino. Production was handled by Bunetta, Afterhrs, and Noah "Mailbox" Passavoy. The song is primarily composed with synthesizers and electronic percussion along with guitars, vocals, and synth bass. Billboard compared "Best 4 U" to the works of Canadian singer The Weeknd, stating "Starting out the album with a multi-layered rhythm reminiscent of a Weeknd track on “Best 4 U,” Red Pill Blues takes fans on a rollercoaster ride of melodies and feelings from start to finish."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Taylor Weatherby from Billboard stated that "Best 4 U" was "reminiscent of a Weeknd track".[8]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Adam Levine, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Alexander Izquierdo, Andrew Haas, Ian Franzino
  • Production – produced by Bunetta, Afterhrs, Noah Passavoy
  • Recording – Noah Passavoy

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://ew.com/music/2017/11/03/maroon-5-red-pill-blues-review/
  2. ^ https://www.axs.com/5-best-songs-from-maroon-5-s-red-pill-blues-126274
  3. ^ Brandle, Lars (October 12, 2016). "Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar Share Collab 'Don't Wanna Know': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Wass, Mike (February 14, 2017). "Maroon 5 & Future Drop Icy Break-Up Anthem On Valentine's Day". Idolator. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Maroon 5 Teams Up with SZA on New Single 'What Lovers Do' (LISTEN)". iHeartRadio. August 30, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Iasimone, Ashley (October 4, 2017). "Maroon 5 Announces New Album 'Red Pill Blues': See the Track List". Billboard. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8022329/maroon-5-red-pill-blues-album-review
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8022329/maroon-5-red-pill-blues-album-review
  9. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/song/best-4-you-mt0054897875