Pop; Cds of the Week

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Pop; Cds of the Week


Byline: RICK PEARSON

MAROON 5 Overexposed (Polydor) **

HAVING started out in the middle of the last decade as a sub-Chili Peppers funk rock band, Maroon 5 rejuvenated their career by dipping a toe in the world of digital pop on last summer's smash hit Moves Like Jagger -- one of the biggest-selling singles of the download era. Understandably, they've dived in for their fourth album, employing Britney songwriter Max Martin as executive producer and developing a sound that is glossy, robotic and well, pretty soulless. Adam Levine's voice, an acquired taste at the best of times, irritates in Auto-Tuned form on the hyperactive thumpers Lucky Strike and The Man who Never Lied. Most depressing of all, this is undoubtedly a huge success in waiting.

DAVID SMYTH

LINKIN PARK

Living Things (Warner Bros) ***

ALTHOUGH rarely on the tip of anyone's tongue, all of Linkin Park's four albums have reached the British and American top five. Album number five, though, finds the nu-metallers' often underemployed DJ Joe Hahn unusually prominent, especially on the sweeping Lost in the Echo and the chunky Burn it Down. Elsewhere, there is crunching guitar to spare, singer Chester Bennington screaming through Lies Greed Misery and crooning on Castle of Glass, where they show a surprisingly deft touch. They may be dated, but for all the hobnailed silliness of Victimized, these secret megastars have genuine bite and, when they take flight on the epic Roads Untraveled and the fast and furious In My Remains, they blow you away. …

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