Nick Jonas and the Administration
Who I Am


2.5
average

Review

by JackFr USER (6 Reviews)
February 26th, 2010 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This record lives and dies by the face on the cover. Nick Jonas is the reason this will sell, but his subpar and at times impossible to listen to music stand as the reason that this is not worth your time and money.

When I heard that Nick Jonas was making a solo album, or should I say an album with his new "band" The Administration, it was bittersweet. On one hand, it gave me hope that after staying around far too long, The Jonas Brothers would finally fade into irrelevance. On the other, I knew that teenage girls would eat this up as the cries of an anguished spoiled soul who gets everything from girls to money to middle aged jazz guitarists with presumably enough talent to back someone other than Nick Jonas, and quote the lyrics in Picniks and MSN statuses and whatever. Of course every album has some potential, I suppose, so I gave it a very cautious try.

The "project" begins with the song Rose Garden, which is rumoured (according to the Youtube comments I'm reading) to be about Selena Gomez. However, that's as much meaning as you'll get from it. It starts with some tuning and drumming and random chords and eventually assembles itself, although the opening lyrics were almost enough for me to give up on this entire album.

She was brought into this world
Out of a beautiful mistake
When her mom was just a girl
And her daddy didn't stay.

I'm sorry, but I have no idea what to say to that. Pop songwriting is fine. Pop lyric writing is fine. I have no problem with that. But if Nick Jonas is proud of this song, then I have nothing to say. This is an underproduced mess, and above all an awful opener. Nick Jonas, you are not a jazz writer. I almost gave up after this. Of course after that we get the hit single "Who I Am". As a pop song, I actually can't complain about it. There's some good guitar work, some juvenile and awful lyrics, and cliched themes. But it's not terrible, and it's not the worst thing I've ever heard. Neither is "Olive and an Arrow", the definition of song-writing mediocrity. It's not terrible, not good. Although there's some awful falsetto. Bleh.

That's mostly what the album is. It's a mediocre, average trip through someone who doesn't understand what he thinks he's singing about's mind. It's an amateur jazz-pop record. This is not worth buying, but I doubt anyone was in the middle about it. From what I've seen, either you're buying it or you're not. This review mostly stands as a "How bad is it?" for haters, and a "Please don't waste your money" to people who otherwise would. There's so much amazing music out there that it blows my mind how much we pander to mediocrity. The art of writing music has continued so beautifully into the 21st century that it breaks my heart how unappreciated it is. This record lives and dies by the face on the cover. Nick Jonas is the reason this will sell, but his subpar and at times impossible to listen to music stand as the reason that this is not worth your time and money.

The Good:
The "Administration" know what they're doing instrumentally
"Who I Am" is an alright pop song

The Bad:
Horrible production
Far too much complexity instrumentally detracts from the good.
Awful lyrics

2.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AtavanHalen
February 26th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, I really liked Rose Garden. Reminded me of early John Mayer.

This album is actually really good, people just aren't willing to give it a chance because of the JoBro tag. Your review isn't too bad, a few rough patches but I like your style overall.

Emim
February 26th 2010


26646 Comments


ZOMGNICKJONAS!!!1!!

EasternLight
February 26th 2010


2700 Comments


reads like a 1.5/2.

good though

Hyperstation
February 26th 2010


146 Comments


I just can't go into this without the thought of hating it haha. Good review, but some sentences were awkward

PirateSquid
February 26th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Too many people hatin'

johnnyblaze
February 26th 2010


2615 Comments


The only Brother with an iota of talent; his voice isn't bad, really.

Dryden
February 27th 2010


12928 Comments


lol

VeryPleasantNeighbor
February 27th 2010


272 Comments


"It's a mediocre, average trip through someone who doesn't understand what he thinks he's singing about's mind."

Yeah, this could be worded better. Other than that, above-average review, although it reads a little lower than the rating.

TheStarclassicTreatment
February 27th 2010


2910 Comments


album reminds me of a weaker john mayer, which can't really be a bad thing

decent review

PinkBlackberry
February 27th 2010


2346 Comments


Album made me look back at my life. And decide that no matter how bad things get, No matter what I do..I could never be as terrible as this JoBro, or any other JoBro for that matter.

mvdu
February 27th 2010


606 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The hooks aren't as annoying as on most Jonas Brothers albums, but my problem remains that you might as well buy someone like John Mayer instead. Nick Jonas's vocals aren't up to the music.

AtavanHalen
February 28th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HEY ASIATIC I ENJOY THIS ALBUM

COME AND JUDGE ME FOR IT BITCH

bloozclooz
March 5th 2010


1770 Comments


the administration's a band? then why aren't they on the cover?

AtavanHalen
March 6th 2010


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IDK but they're in the press shots



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