It takes chutzpah for a band to call its fourth album Overexposed, especially when the singer has spent most of the past year zinger-slinging in a comfy red chair on The Voice. You can hear that chutzpah in the blinged-up disco sheen of Maroon 5's new LP, which is why it's their best yet.
They've bent with the times instead of attempting to have the fashion follow them, which may be a wise move after the general disregard paid to Hands All Over -- Overexposed may not hold together as well as that album, but it's sure to keep the audience won over by The Voice.
Overexposed is rather patchy and its highs are countered by some fairly wretched lows.
Love it or hate it, Overexposed sounds ultra-contemporary and is spilling over the brim with plenty of infectious hooks and potential hits (including lead single “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa) for today’s beat oriented downloading musical culture.
No, Overexposed is not a great album, but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. What we’re hearing is the band actually learning to have fun again, and with any luck, they’ll only get better from here.