The band teams up with Mutt Lange for their third album ''Hands All Over''

By Brad Wete
Updated June 25, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

For their third album, Hands All Over (due out in September), Maroon 5 are working with a surprising collaborator: reclusive producer Robert ”Mutt” Lange, best known for huge hits with Def Leppard and Shania Twain (who was also until recently his wife). ”Mutt made it more gigantic, with an arena-rock feel,” says singer Adam Levine, 31. ”He’s got a reputation for being enigmatic, but he’s just a normal, cool guy.” The quintet spent four months recording with Lange at his Swiss studio. ”I guess I can equate it to Lord of the Rings,” says Levine. ”It was a long journey in a faraway land, and required a lot of hard work and focus — two things I’m almost allergic to.” Levine says it’s a ”back-to-basics” album, but fans might be surprised by one tune: ”Out of Goodbyes,” a ballad with country stars Lady Antebellum. ”It’s different,” says Levine. ”People will kind of turn their heads and say, ‘Wow, they did that? That’s interesting.”’