Much like their annoyingly catchy collaboration (which makes a second appearance here), Overexposed is packed to the brim with radio-friendly hits. Each song is loaded with niggling hooks, breezy light-rock choruses and Levine's distinctive tone that's tailored especially for, well, everyone. Lead single 'Payphone' is a shining example as an addictive head-nodder, save a dodgy rap from Wacky Tabacy-puffing wordsmith Wiz Khalifa.
Distinguishing the songs from one another proves tricky in a straight listen, but it's worth unpicking the flashes of brilliance, of which there are several here. Opener 'One More Night' is a bouncy, reggae-flecked midtempo with a chorus that feels reassuringly familiar, 'Lucky Strike' follows the same bells-and-whistles template as 'Jagger', and funk-laden 'Ladykiller' harks back to the best of their earlier work.
But while on the surface they appear to have all the correct parts in place, one component lacking in spades is soul. 'Daylight' and 'The Man Who Never Lied' feel anonymous despite their stadium-sized choruses, while saccharine piano ballad 'Sad' lacks the honest and raw emotion of a 'She Will Be Loved'. The result, as the album title suggests, leaves Maroon 5 dangerously close to committing pop's cardinal sin.
Tracks to download: 'One More Night', 'Lucky Strike', 'Lady Killer'
If you like this, you'll like: One Republic, The Script, Train
Watch the 'Payphone' music video below: