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Maroon 5, ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’ (Octone/ A&M)

When your first album sells four million copies, you’re bound to try to play out a few musical fantasies with the follow-up, and these modern-pop lotharios are now dabbling in everything from nouveau disco to sleazy funk to big-band balladry. Such diversity suits them well, however, and the only misstep is frontman Adam Levine’s raunchy lyrics, which often examine the joy of knocking boots in such skin-crawling detail that even Prince might tell him to cool it.

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