Artist : NICK JONAS
Genre : Pop
Date of Released : 2014
It won’t be surprising if some fans expect that Nick Jonas will continue the musical style of his former band The Jonas Brothers in this solo effort of his. Fortunately, the song “Chains” is very promising; Nick opted for a serene start instead of the usual guitar banging music just like he did with his former band. At least, he did not do a Justin Timberlake who shied away from Nsync type of music.
“Jealous” sounded a “Africa” by Toto especially when you hear bird like background in the music. But, that’s just it, the continued where “Chains” left off and at the same time imagining Nick singing this song with lots of hip movements. “Teacher” is a nice song and hopefully this will have good remix version to maximize whatever hit potential this song will be. The “ooh ma” refrain is quite infectious. “Warning” is a ballad which for me might be embrace by closet gays as their coming out song. “I Want You” feels so macho and misogynist in terms of lyrics.
“Wilderness” is an ode or homage to innocence. Nick is probably contemplating what would happen the fall in Eden didn’t happen. As expected there is a Justin Timberlake song in her; a dash of R and B, hip hop, and EDM. In “Take Over,” the song started quite uninterestingly until you reach the chorus portion where Nick manage to sing “na na na” without being Akon like. The falsetto element in the song “Push” makes to hold on to listening to the whole because you might be expecting a shift in tone; there was none. It feels like you are listening to a Prince ballad.
“Avalanche” is a standard fare at this point in time where an album has to have a song that features another popular artist. This duet with Demi Lovato needs your forward button of your mp3 player. There is nothing great from this song. Not even peppering the songs with “oh oh, and oh” can help the song becomes very endearing to listeners. “Nothing Would Be Better” has some kind of yearning vibe, and this is the whole atmosphere in this record. There is some kind of yearning from listeners that Nick Jonas can create an exciting album yet something is holding on.
Hopefully, in his next record he will get rid of the elements that prevented him from delivering more honest lyrics and mature songs. Meantime, this record is worth 3 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it