Animal by Maroon 5
When love becomes obsession, people might behave unexpectedly, in a brutal way, like “animals”. The song released by Maroon 5 highlights this painful transformation, stressing the idea that the desire to be loved can be toxic sometimes.
The debut of “Animals” reminds viewers of crime investigations or paparazzi news in terms of speed and highlight of evidence, under the form of suggestive photos such as the face of a woman or the places she used to be. Once the viewers are suggested that the subject of the video would be a beautiful woman and the feeling she inspired, they are introduced into an unconventional space, the slaughterhouse or a meat locker.
The association between human body, including human blood and meat is a recurrent one, as if human and animal bodies would behave in the same way, guided by their common primary instincts.
In the case of “Animals”, the instinct displayed is related to the desire of a shy man to draw the attention of the woman he feels attracted to. He attempts as any other animal to get next to her and let her about his intentions, but he is constantly refused.
His attraction becomes obsession, following her on the streets or in the club, staying in the rain just to see her at the window of her house. The shy butcher attempts to express his feelings, but he isn’t taken in account by the beautiful woman. Reality is soon replaced by fantasy, the butcher dreams that he is in her room, even touching and kissing her into an unconventional bloody rain, covering their bodies.
“Animals” was released in August 2014, promoting the fifth studio album of band named “V”. Similarly to the previous songs released by Maroon 5, Adam Levine actively involved in the creation of it. The famous songwriters Benjamin Levin and Shellback, also its producer, contributed to its success. Similarly to Shakira’s “She Wolf”, Adam Levine reproduces sounds performed by wolves, in order to express his feelings.
The video accompanying “Animals” was released in September 2014, being directed by Samuel Bayer, previously responsible for “Payphone”. Recognized for his unconventional and dramatic perspective, such in the case of Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” or Good Charlotte’s “Keep Your Hands Off My Girl”, the American director inserted into “Animals” powerful images such as animals bodies into a slaughterhouse or blood on the bodies of the couple. The heroine in “Animals” is played by Adam Levine’s wife, Behati Prinsloo, a Victoria’s Secret model, explaining in a certain way the sensual attraction existing between the two characters displayed.