Maroon 5, Adam Levine get "Overexposed" on new album

Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:45pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine may have charmed TV viewers as a judge on NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice," but music critics have given mixed reviews to the band's latest album "Overexposed," out on Tuesday.

The album is the fourth studio effort from the Los Angeles quintet led by Levine, who shot to fame in 2002 with singles "This Love," and "She Will Be Loved," from its debut album "Songs About Jane."

"Overexposed" sees the band moving away from the alternative rock that influenced their previous records, and embracing pop music whole-heartedly.

The set has already spawned a hit with the angst-driven lead single "Payphone" featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa, and the band is following up with reggae-infused second single "One More Night."

"Payphone" has had 2.7 million digital song sales in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

But reviews for "Overexposed" are mixed, with the album earning a score of 51 out of 100 on review aggregator site

Entertainment Weekly's Adam Markovitz criticized the album's lyrics, saying "verses alternate between horndog rhapsodies ... and bratty put-downs of some Everygirl who always disappoints." He said the "strongest wordcraft" was in the album title.

Levine, who co-wrote each track on the album, stuck to the themes that Maroon 5 is best known for -- love and heartache, with playful innuendos.   Continued...

Singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs with Gym Class Heroes at the 2012 Wango Tango concert at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California May 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni