Drew Maher is clearly no run-of-the-mill songwriter. Although a US-based veteran of the rock scene, Maher brings in influences from Spanish and French music making a record that is truly fresh and cosmopolitan in nature. That said, 'Options' isn't the greatest way to start his mission; like a Latino-inflected Linkin Park it's a hip-hop/rock hybrid that is, fortunately, unrepresentative of the remainder of the record. Indeed, Maher's main calling card is a flair for emotionally motivated pop songs ranging from Eastern-flavoured numbers ('India'), to powerful Spanish ballads ('Ya Es La Una') to soaring melodic choruses ('Saturday', 'Tomorrow', 'DMA' and 'Hello' are all strong in this department). There's also time for ambient electronica on 'Maybe Tonight' and 'Room On The Moon' where Maher tones down the passion for a welcome sense of introspection. Overall, it's a multi-cultural and highly tuneful treat which - unlike the album title - won't leave listeners short-changed.