Maroon 5's New Album Overexposed: Solid, Not Superior

06/26/2012 at 05:00 PM EDT

Maroon 5 Overexposed Review
Maroon 5's Overexposed

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Maroon 5's fourth studio album arrives just a few weeks after the 10th-anniversary edition of Songs About Jane, the multiplatinum debut that featured hits like "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" and won the quintet two Grammys (including Best New Artist).

While they have been consistent performers since then, they've yet to make the same kind of big artistic statement. That trend continues with Overexposed – perhaps a cheeky nod to frontman Adam Levine's group-boosting visibility on The Voice – which finds M5 completely embracing the masses who sent "Moves Like Jagger" to No. 1 last year.

Helping the mission are hitmakers like Max Martin, Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco. Not surprisingly, there are some "Jagger"-inspired grooves, from the lightning-paced "Lucky Strike" to the Scissor Sisters-esque "Doin' Dirt."

Elsewhere, they shift into a reggae rhythm on both the opener "One More Night" and the closer "Beautiful Goodbye." The most affecting moment, though, comes on the only pure ballad, the piano-led "Sad," on which Levine achingly exposes his heartbreak.

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