Jonas Brothers
A Little Bit Longer


2.5
average

Review

by Amanda Murray STAFF
August 27th, 2008 | 158 replies | 18,680 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While the record is clearly not intended to draw in adult listeners, you'd be surprised how well it holds up against more mature contemporaries.

Maturation creeps upon us in unassuming ways. There isn't some threshold crossed at the age of majority after which point you can no longer listen to teen pop or read the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids. Yet the passage of time allows for reflection on individual maturation. As a teen, the daily tribulations of Britney Spears seemed to matter. As an adult, the same transformation the world witnesses in Miley Cyrus seems immaterial and invasive. Perhaps then, it explains why the Jonas Brothers phenomenon has passed by me on a level of irrelevance heretofore reserved for Solange Knowles and BBMak, despite the fervour apparent in today's youth. But what does it say if the Jonas Brother's latest release "A Little Bit Longer", is not as alien as expected?

Ostensibly comprised of an Evangelical Christian trio of siblings, the Jonas Brothers were thrust into the international spotlight thanks to pervasive Disney marketing and a boy band void. Known equally for their relationships with under-aged television actresses as for their musical efforts, the trio reached a popularity peak in the summer of 2008, with the release of the made-for-tv Arthur Miller adaptation Camp Rock (possibly untrue), and the fiery single "Burnin' Up".

With the focus apparently on branding through all media imaginable, the Jonas Brothers do little to produce confidence in the musical validity of their third studio album, A Little Bit Longer. Surprisingly, this is not the case. While not a masterpiece, the Jonas Brothers present a cohesive and amusing, if overproduced, summer album. The soaring chorus of "Shelf" could vault it to the top of the charts; mellow "Lovebug" rivals anything written by Jack Johnson. "One Man Show" is an uptempo number, in which lead singer Joe Jonas bitterly snipes, "you can call me but I won't pick up the phone, I'm a one man show". "Video Girl" is a punchy rebuke to talentless famewhores, where Jonas sings, "move to LA, got not talent/not even like you won a Miss Teen Pageant, Daddy pays your bills but you still whine". Their ballads, "Can't Have You" and "Sorry" are whiny and indistinguishable, and the Jonas Brothers' strength clearly lies in uptempo numbers - namely, the funky lead single "Burnin' Up". Though its rap bridge is gratuitous, and not in a good way, the song holds merit to being the best of the summer, helped by its surprisingly original lyrics: I'm stepping into the lava, but I'm trying to keep from going under", sings lead vocalist Joe Jonas, "who turned the temperature higher, 'cause I'm burning up for you baby". Simply put, the Jonas Brothers present an unexpected number of quality pop songs, even if the slower tracks are dull.

Lyrically the Jonas brothers are unremarkable, but it's more than standard for their genre and age. If the biggest criticism presented is their lack of lyrical sophistication, it puts them on a level with most popular groups, the majority of whom are far more aged and experienced. It is unfair to criticise teenagers for writing like teenagers.

The brothers alternate lead vocal duties, but Joe Jonas fronts most tracks and has established himself as the clear leader of the trio. While the voices of all three suffer from teenage mewling, they are clearly confident singers whose talents will grow with age. And, while their approach to some subject matter comes off as inauthentic, on the whole their material is well presented - an album for teenagers, by teenagers. While A Little Bit Longer is clearly not intended to draw in adult listeners, you'd be surprised how well it holds up against more mature contemporaries.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008



17920 Comments


dude yes

SHOOTME
August 27th 2008



2393 Comments


'cause I'm burning up for you baby[/i]"


yeah.

other than that, great review, almost swayed me to listen to some of this.

morrissey
Moderator
August 27th 2008



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I went into this blind expecting the album to be horrible. It's not close. Whether it has much staying power is doubtful, but these guys are ones to watch for the future.

BallsToTheWall
August 27th 2008



44164 Comments


I don't think I could find this to get a 3 from me and I rated S Club pretty high. But yes, what everyone else said although I never really knew they were all brothers.

FriendofTheDevil70
August 27th 2008



384 Comments


This album is terrible. No, I'm not saying that because they are a pop band, its just awful.

SynGates
August 27th 2008



2467 Comments


My 13 year old sister loves this band.

Interesting review.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008



16081 Comments


While they have potential as a pop group, to call this anything above average music is sort of stretching it a great deal.

Oddsen
August 27th 2008



1127 Comments


disney is so evil

morrissey
Moderator
August 27th 2008



1688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

While they have potential as a pop group, to call this anything above average music is sort of stretching it a great deal.

when I was inputting the album 3 was listed as average. I assumed that things had been adjusted in my absence. I just now realised that it is not the case.This Message Edited On 08.27.08

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008



16081 Comments


No its always been listed as 3 being average on the submittal page, it is really stupid that problem is still there.

The Jungler
August 27th 2008



4827 Comments


review more!
i buy that this album is decent. Jonas Bros don't bother me at all.

TheStarclassicTreatment
August 27th 2008



2910 Comments


The album title = Young boys' pubescent hopes
I quite like these guys tbh, they're cool and catchy and straight up.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008



20855 Comments


This spelling mistake gave me a high school like chuckle: "gratituous"

TheStarclassicTreatment
August 27th 2008



2910 Comments


Wait wtf??? SOS has only been releases here in the UK about 4 months ago, I'm confused!!!!! :S

AtavanHalen
August 28th 2008



17927 Comments


omg their such babes
Haw haw. Nice write-up.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2008



17920 Comments


they're good looking boys, no one can deny that

Burn2Burn
August 28th 2008



2378 Comments


srsly?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 28th 2008



17920 Comments


yes.

MrHell
August 28th 2008



157 Comments


Disney ruins good music. All Jonas Brothers will ever be good for is musically uneducated teenagers on Singstar video games.

This album is bad.

TheStarclassicTreatment
August 28th 2008



2910 Comments


No, you're bad, MrHell. YOU'RE BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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