After so many years of waiting for a follow-up to Songs About Jane, I had lost all excitement about the second Maroon 5 album, so it came as quite a surprise when I found myself absolutely loving it! In fact, Sophie may have already been overtaken as my top pop CD of 2007 so far. I knew they were planning to focus more on their soulful side and less on the rock in this album, but they’ve ended up sounding more like Darin or Christian Walz than any proper urban music – they’ve gone totally pop and it’s a brilliant transformation! The second album was bound to be difficult but for me they have succeeded by taking a different approach, a more light-hearted and very commercial one, which I think will provide them with as many hits as they want. My personal favourites are emotionally pounding Not Falling Apart and danceable Little of Your Time, while Won’t Go Home Without You could be this album’s She Will Be Loved.