Label: Interscope Records*
I miss the conversation," Adam Levine croons breezily on "Maps," although this L.A. smooth pop institution soon moves on to simpler concerns: "I can smell your scent for miles." Despite a heavy dollop of '80s studio sheen -- "It Was Always You" and "Coming Back for You" echo with drum machines and synth pulse -- this album rarely sounds sweated over. (You'd never guess they took an entire calendar year to record it.) A smoldering duet with Gwen Stefani ends proceedings on a quiet note, but the highlight comes during the herky-jerk hook of "New Love": "Would it kill you to forgive me?