Yeah, there were some exceptions on Overexposed, as there always are on a Maroon 5 album, but it was still a pretty bad release but that's another story anyway. I think I can understand why your feeling went away (the feeling that Give it Away is the best song on the album) and that's fine, but even when I try to compare it to some other songs (Same as You, oh geez, now that's a horrid number or Keep on Wanting, which is just a recycled "Munich" or "Enough for Now"), the rest of the album still doesn't match to what they did on Give it Away. And PopMatters was even a bit lenient but okay.
I can understand you (I also think Overexposed was horrible, with exceptions). The first time when I listened to Give It Away, I was thinking that it's probably the best track on the album, but that feeling was gone after a minute or two. I agree that it's different compared to the rest of the album.
I just read the PopMatters review, I think it's straight to the point.
I do agree it's their weakest album, but I still stand by the fact that Give it Away is their best song. Yes, you can draw Maroon 5 comparisons mainly due to the guitar riffs and that's fine, but other than that, I don't see too much similarities, especially when it comes to Maroon 5's latest release (Overexposed... which was horrible to say the least). The production is different, yes, but it's fuller, richer and better orchestrated than on most of the songs from Helios.
"Structurally and musically, "Give it Away" is their best track to date". I laughed really hard. Even Maroon 5 is still able to produce better songs on this very low, petty level in a single hour. Overall it's their weakest record to date which is really disappointing since I thought there was a lot of potential a few years ago. I think AllMusic's review is a little too harsh, but I agree it's a petty record.
But in the end, when you get to the album, you've got Hold my hand, Love don't die, Give it away and Hurricane. The rest is boring, forgettable and lacks any kind of proper development. Just flat. I'll give Helios a couple of more listens, but I'm disappointed.