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Watch a Series of Bad Choices Unfold in Maroon 5’s ‘Maps’ Video

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(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express)

(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express)

By Courtney E. Smith

For the “Maps” music video, Maroon 5 tell us a story in reverse. Interestingly, it’s the story of a cheating cad as played by Adam Levine.

On its most surface level, this is a video depicting a series of bad choices that lead to the worst possible outcome. That in itself is an engaging enough intellectual exercise, offering a new spin on the “in-reverse” theme for music videos that doesn’t take it down the same road as Coldplay‘s literally in-reverse video for “The Scientist” or Grouplove‘s “Tongue Tied.” Here it is the story line that is done in reverse.

Related: Maroon 5 Announce New Album ‘V’ for September

The concept becomes much more salacious, however, when one factors in real-life cues referenced in the video — for example, Levine’s recent (and recently deniedapology calls to all of his ex-girlfriends in advance of his engagement.

True or untrue, the man he plays in this video rolls right into the public perception of him as a bad boy/bad boyfriend, similar to how he is seen in the new movie Begin Again.

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