If I Never See Your Face Again is a song by American pop rock band Maroon 5 from the June 2008 re-release of the groups second studio album, It Wont Be Soon Before Long. It was also included on the June 2008 re-release of Rihannas album Good Girl Gone Bad, the song was originally included on the standard version of the album without the inclusion of Rihanna. It was written by band members Adam Levine and James Valentine, with production of the song helmed by Christopher Tricky Stewart, Mike Elizondo, Mark Endert, Mark Spike Stent and Maroon 5. It was released as an Extended Play in Australia on May 22,2007, If I Never See Your Face Again was originally intended to be a duet with Janet Jackson and appear on her Discipline album, although label problems interfered. The collaboration with Rihanna later came to fruition when Levine asked her to add her vocal to the remix version, If I Never See Your Face Again is a pop and R&B song featuring instrumentation provided by synthesizers and a guitar. The song received a response from music critics, who praised the songs composition but criticized Levine. The songs accompanying video was directed by Anthony Mandler and shot on an indoor soundstage in Castaic. The concept for the video was high-end erotica, If I Never See Your Face Again was written by Adam Levine and James Valentine, two of the five band members from Maroon 5. Production of the song was helmed by Mike Elizondo, Mike Endert, Mike Spike Stent, Christopher Tricky Stewart and it was recorded by Spike Stent at Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA, Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA and Phantom Studios, Westlake Village, CA. The song was intended to be a duet with Janet Jackson and appear on her Discipline album. The singer continued, saying that he asked Rihanna to do some bits and pieces in the recording studio, Levine stated that if there is magic between two artists, then you dont even have to think about it. If I Never See Your Face Again was released as a single in the United States on May 2,2008, If I Never See Your Face Again is a pop and R&B song, which lasts for 3,18. The song was composed using common time in the key of A minor, instrumentation is provided by synths, and a guitar. A reviewer for IGN noted that If I Never See Your Face Again is complete with slinky synth insinuations, whilst Jerome Blakeney for BBC wrote that it is a guitar drenched, alex Fletcher for Digital Spy commented that the song incorporated a jagged use of synthesizers. For the most part of the song, Levine sings in his falsetto register, upon the release of It Wont Be Soon Before Long, music critics commented on the original version of the song, which does not include guest vocals by Rihanna. A reviewer for IGN was complimentary of If I Never See Your Face Again, sal Cinquemani was critical of the song, labeling it as nasty. Alex Fletcher for Digital Spy disapproved of the collaboration between the band and Rihanna, with thoughts on Levine and Rihannas pairing. Fletcher was critical of their performance, writing that their voices clashed with one another
Adam Levine and Rihanna in the music video, where they try to not succumb to each other's temptations.
Image: Maroon 5 feat rihanna if i never see your face again