Maroon 5 are already one of the slickest bands to make frequent visits to the north end of the top-40 charts, so it's crazy to think there's a producer out there who felt they needed a bit of polishing up. But Mutt Lange isn't just any producer, and when he summons you to his Swiss castle/studio, there's a high probability that you'll leave with an album that makes your record label drool.
Hands All Over is hit-laden with singles and no filler. Songs like Misery and Stutter are economically written, no tune goes over four minutes, and the structures are tight and cohesive, because Lange wouldn't dream of angering the pop rock gods by letting a band experiment outside radio's conventional parameters. It's an accomplished record for singer Adam Levine and his faceless group, even if the whole affair sometimes sounds clinical in its approach.
Top track: Out Of Goodbyes