Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas


3.5
great

Review

by Jacob Clark USER (18 Reviews)
January 11th, 2015 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lyrically less than stellar, but shows great potential musically.

I have a confession to make.

Nick Jonas was definitely my favorite Jonas Brother.

He was always the one who seemed the most musically inclined and wanted to do his own thing. Kevin and Joe wanted to be rock stars: Nick wanted to be more alternative and old-school.

Well, two years after the band's breakup, he's finally getting his shot. With his self-titled debut album, Nick Jonas finally gets his chance to prove why he's still relevant to music today and not just a relic of the Disney pop star era.

Musically, Jonas's album reminds me of Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly in the fact that it is a former teen star taking on '90s R&B and pop (and the killer range/head voice they both show off). It works well here, though not quite as well as Grande's album, mostly because it still feels very rooted in today's music; however, its swagger and bouncing beats cannot be denied. Almost every song is appealing in some way, with standouts being "Numb," and "Avalanche." These two songs are better than the rest because they rely on more traditional techniques than the rest, making use of analog drum machine-like sounds that really are a throwback to the '90s (not to mention the guest features of Angel Haze and Demi Lovato, respectively). The synth lines are very reminiscent of '80s and '90s pop, making for a pleasing listening experience. The only songs that distract from this are the album's opener "Chains" and "I Want You." Both are too complicated to make any sense of the lyrics and honestly don't intrigue me at all. In fact, "Chains" was so deterring as an opener that I almost didn't listen to the rest of the album. Thankfully, I did, and you should too. It is by far one of the better-sounding pop albums of the year.

Lyrically, Jonas's album reminds me of the evolution we saw in Katy Perry between Teenage Dream and Prism in that the topics are rehashed but in a much more mature manner. I can't say that the lyrics as a whole were the greatest aspect of the album; however, looking at today's pop music, they could be much worse. Songs like "Teacher" and the close "Nothing Would Be Better" remind me of many of the more recent mature pop songs, but they don't come as close to being great works of music as songs like "The Way" by Ariana Grande and "Out of the Woods" by Taylor Swift. Many of these songs feel derivative of current music, as "I Want You" and "Jealous" feel old and unoriginal due to their simple nature. However, I can honestly say that Jonas has matured greatly from his days with his brothers, not letting the lyrics distract too much from the music.

Overall, I was somewhat surprised by the quality of Nick Jonas's debut solo album. It may not have the lyrical depth I was looking for, but musically it is ahead of the curve, if ever so slightly. I am very interested to see what happens with his solo career. If he can sustain sales on his own, Nick has a bright future ahead of him. Very bright.



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iamamanfromspace
January 11th 2015


1030 Comments


Nice review o/

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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I hate The Jonas Brothers but pos

iamamanfromspace
January 11th 2015


1030 Comments


Couldn't help but notice you 1'd this just now. So what didn't you like about the album? Haha

iamamanfromspace
January 11th 2015


1030 Comments


Yeah I got that

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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yeah it's more of a 1.5, Chains is okay(rest of album is pretty shit on first listen)

iamamanfromspace
January 11th 2015


1030 Comments


Lmao

ChoccyPhilly
January 11th 2015


11954 Comments


Anyone remember Camp Rock and the serious lack of 'rock' there?

Digging: Mol - JORD

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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what if I don't want to Futures?

Green Baron
January 11th 2015


24805 Comments


i'm mad the uncensored version of jealous isn't on the album

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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that's why I'm rating while I'm listening :D

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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I gave a spin and rated it after like 2 songs, now I'm listening again

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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[2]

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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good for you

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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I don't even know anymore, I just do shit without worrying about how dumb it makes me look

Cygnatti
January 11th 2015


32948 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i don't remember for sure but jealous was either kinda good or completely awful.

thacoconut94
January 11th 2015


1497 Comments


Erm.... Okay I mean yeah whatever

iamamanfromspace
January 11th 2015


1030 Comments


Oh I hear that song at work, not for me personally but yeah

SharkTooth
January 11th 2015


14137 Comments

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well shit I actually dig this

SharkTooth
January 12th 2015


14137 Comments

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all it took was a second listen

SharkTooth
January 12th 2015


14137 Comments

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for more than two songs yeah



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