The Fourth World
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The Fourth World

November 13, 2003

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Song Title
Soap Disco (Album Version)
Future Kid (Album Version)
Myself (Album Version)
Oliver (Album Version)
The Never Saga (Album Version)
Loving The Small Time (Album Version)
To Her, With Love (Album Version)
Sleepy Windbreaker (Album Version)
Pantry Queen (Album Version)
My Ocean Blue (Album Version)
Captain Splendid (Album Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 19, 1997
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 1997 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001227UUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,598 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Birth of Maroon 5 June 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you are purchasing this album in hopes of hearing "Songs About Jane part one ", you will be disappointed.
Although this is a very good album, it does not sound anything like Maroon 5's debut: SONGS ABOUT JANE.
Kudo's to RHINO for reissuing this Maroon 5 fan favorite.
Until now this album has been difficult to find & very expensive.
The mid 90's were filled with alternative rock bands that recorded maybe one or two good albums and then disappeared.
So it was probably a good decision for Kara's flowers to make the name change to Maroon 5 and go with a differant musical direction so as to not get lost in the shuffle amongst the many alternative pop bands in the mid 90's.
Most of the songs on this album are basically short, catchy, upbeat,straightforward,pop songs.
SOAP DISCO, which I think was the only single released from this album, is the lead song on the album and is an uptempo catchy pop rock song that will have you memorizing the words and singing along with the band.
OLIVER sounds Beatlesque and is a very good guitar driven song.
In my opinion the best song on the album is MY OCEAN BLUE which gives Maroon 5 fans their first introduction of "Jane" with the chorus line "Me and my Darling Jane". (SONGS ABOUT JANE is the name of MAROON 5'S first album)
It is MY OCEAN BLUE that gives listeners a tease of the future sound of MAROON 5. This is a well crafted pop song.
Although not as upbeat & uptempo as Maroon 5's THIS LOVE, the song is just as catchy. It is one of those songs you can play over and over again & not get tired of listening to it.
It would be nice if Maroon 5 would include some of the songs from this album in their setlist, when they play live.
Buy KARA'S FLOWERS today it is a good album to have while you await something new from MAROON 5.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Unbelievable CD! Every song is good! The guys are young on this album (17 years old I think) and their talent is totally infectious!
It doesn't stop here. The band changed it's name to Maroon5 and they are blasting to the top with their album "Songs about Jane" CD. Extremeley talented group and look forward to hearing more from these guys... You want great music? Make sure you get Kara's Flowers "The Fourth World".. Absolutly addicting!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newly Reissued Power Pop Gem / pre-Maroon 5 May 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a new Rhino Records reissue of the previously out-of-print, highly sought-after 1997 debut CD by Kara's Flowers. Presumably, anyone reading this already knows that the band subsequently added one new member, changed their name to Maroon 5, and hit the big time. Kara's Flowers had a pure power pop sound, without the Stevie Wonder soul influence that flowered in their later incarnation. Now that Maroon 5 are stars, many fans have hungered to hear their early recordings, and many have paid some very big bucks on online auctions to locate the original, out-of-print Reprise Records version of "The Fourth World". Rhino has done Maroon 5 fans a big service by reissuing this CD, as you can now own it for a fraction of the typical auction price. I noticed earlier today that news of the reissue still hasn't gotten out to everyone, since the online auctions continue to draw some very big bids, even though often the item being sold is the new (not at all rare) reissue rather than the (very rare) original. By the way, Kara's Flowers recorded a second album called "Stagg Street Recordings" on their own in 1999 when they were without a label deal, but it was never released. Demo copies of "The Stagg Street Recordings" have also become a popular (and pricey) auction item. I don't know if there are any plans to issue that album as an "official" release, but it, like "The Fourth World", is an outstanding power pop album that would most likely be very well liked by most Maroon 5 fans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Soap"ier Maroon 5 June 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD quickly after finding out that this group was the prerequisite to Maroon 5, whose CD "Songs About Jane" I had purchased long before they had become mainstream music. "Fourth World" was considered a collector's item at the time.

In comparison to Maroon 5's rythmic sounds and sexually charged lyrics, Kara's Flowers is by far much bubblier with songs in the vein of their "Soap Disco". But Adam Levine's unique voice is easily recognizable and people who enjoy his latest project "Songs About Jane" will enjoy the lighter sounds of "Fourth World". It's definately fun to compare the two bands and see how their music has evolved through the years.

And now that the prices are reasonable, there should be no reason for you not to buy this classic CD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kara's Flowers - Fourth World November 26, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This has to be the best power pop album I have ever heard. I am always looking for something new, and was blown away when I heard this album. Definitely Beatles influenced, but with a good crunch to them. This band has moved into the top of my list for favorite bands. Although their Stagg Street Recording album is much different and more mellow, I definitely recommend it if you are looking for more quality music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Maroon 5 June 12, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
I have to be totally honest, I really do like Maroon 5. I read something in a magazine article about how they used to be Kara's Flowers. That sparked an intrest. So I looked up the CD, listened to the clips, ended up buying it, and loving it. The style of this CD is very different from Maroon 5, but in a good way, a very good way. They had a very beetles-esque feel/sound that I fell in love with immediately. I now love Kara's Flowers, and think Maroon 5 is OK. Plus, they were a whole lot better looking back then.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
I enjoyed this album. It's not the same style that Maroon 5 is known for. It's a bit more alternative/ punk sounding. Amazon allows you listen to samples. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brandy Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars So young!
I've heard Adam Levine say that this is not a good album, but I would have to disagree. Given their ages and it's the very first thing they had done, it fits the time it was... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ann Carothers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album!
I was skeptical about buying this, I really just wanted it to complete my Maroon 5 album collection. I was however really surprised by this album. I loved it! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ryan V.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Maroon 5 fan - great to add to your collection
I'm use to hearing the stuff they had today, but this album took me back. I remember hearing "Soap Disco" and seeing the video. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nocturne
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cd *-*
Oh Gosh... for me this is my best gift, because i really like then and i dreamd with this cd a long of the years...
Published on December 4, 2011 by Marina
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare and Amazing Cd of Kara's Flowers
If you love Maroon 5 can not miss the chance to have this wonderful cd that preceded the band Maroon 5. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by Victor Burle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I love Maroon 5 so I guess I was locking for more, it didn't live up to their new music
Published on January 14, 2009 by Lydia Godoy Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars Were you looking for Maroon 5?
I was a little upset reading reviews titled, "before maroon5" and "birth of maroon 5". As a Maroon 5 fan, Kara's Flowers is not Maroon 5. And, that's a good thing. Read more
Published on February 7, 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatle-esque -- this is GREAT -- very early Maroon 5 and very...
If you enjoy M5, you will enjoy this tremendously. There are just too many favorites on here to choose (the cheesy 'Soap Disco' kind of grows on you), right now I'm listening to... Read more
Published on August 7, 2007 by Jet City Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars !Fourth World!
Anyone buying this expecting it to be maroon5 style, it is not. in some ways it is better.Adam Levine's voice is different and has obviously matured from this to "songs about... Read more
Published on March 18, 2006 by Nik
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