Maroon 5 It Won't be Soon Before Long (A&M) The ubiquitous Maroon 5 are one of those bands that one either loves to hate or completely ignore. While their smoky vocals, anodyne lyrics and squeaky clean melodies may be all the rage among the vapid and brainless Paris Hilton-wannabe suburbanites who keep the likes of HMV in business these days, they cut no ice among the downloading hipsters with the black iPods. The Los Angeles-based 5 offer strictly white iPod, Radio 3-friendly dross that your mum and dad would approve of because it is about as threatening as a three-toed sloth with no teeth. While ... Long is their second album it sees them developing no further than their cringe-worthy debut Songs About Jane. From the grating opener, If I Never See Your Face Again, to the closing dirge of Back at Your Door, this is a work of few, if any, redeeming features. Throughout, and particularly on tracks such as Can't Stop and Wake Up Call, the lyrics make as much sense as the instructions manual of a made-in-China hi-fi. 'I live on raw emotion baby/ I answer questions, never maybe/ And I'm not kind if you betray me/ So who the hell are you to save me?' they warble to blank stares from the listener. Maroon 5 are the aural equivalent of blancmange - bland, sickly and thick. Fans will of course argue that any band that can win two Grammys can't be half bad. To that one must respond: they give Grammys to anyone - even Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. If you're a music fan, look elsewhere. Hopefully, Maroon 5's 15 minutes will be up before long.