On November 17, 2014, Fearless Records released their sixth installment of Punk Goes Pop.
Every year, Punk Goes Pop is a big release, that is greatly anticipated. Sometimes it lives up to its hype, sometimes it doesn't. This year, it didn't.
Over all, the album is just alright. Its nothing really incredible, for various reasons. Some songs, like "Turn Down For What" are not bad from the beginning so nobody is going to save it and make it better.
The only song that was honestly really good on this album was We Came As Roman's cover of "I Knew You Were Trouble" originally by Taylor Swift. They did a great job on this song, and it will most definitely be actually listened to, rather than skipped over in people's music libraries.
Other songs, such as "Royals", covered by Youth In Revolt", "Problem" covered by Set It Off and "Stay The Night" covered by State Champs are alright. On occasion they could get played, but over all, they're probably going to be skippeed over.
Its hard to say why Punk Goes Pop 6 just didn't live up to the hype. Maybe it was the songs that were chosen, or it was the exicution of the covers. Whatever it was, hopefully Punk Goes Pop 7 will be better. This album has recieved a two star rating. Its not awful, but its really not that great either.
On November 10, Nick Jonas released his second self titled solo album in his lifetime. This one throws fans for a loop, by being nothing like the stuff he has released in the past.
Honestly, its not a bad album, but it is certainly different and unexpected. Nick's lyrics have always been fairly deep, and the songs have generally had a pop feel to them. This album is mostly sexual, and is more on the R &B side of things.
That being said, "Avalanche" is a beautiful song that is more than likely highly relatable. It features Demi Lovato, and surely she had a hand in writing this song. It appears to be all about going through sturggles of life and being weakened by it. Its honestly a beautiful song, and it must be pointed out that Nick and Demi's voices mesh beautifully together.
What bothers me is a couple of the songs have a slightly borrowed feel to them. Like the beats aren't original. The beat for the chorus of, "Warning" is highly remiscent of something that can't quite be placed, and the opening of "Teacher" is a lot like "Can't touch this by MC Hammer.
The favorite tracks on the album actually are, "Avalanche","Chains", and "I Want You." The rest are alright. There's nothing actively wrong with them, but it almost feels like they're not using Nick's talent at all. Though something that does make it stand out a bit is the content of it. Its very mature compared to the content Nick has always released (rightfully so.) and its actually slightly amusing to hear him say things like, "Motherfucker never loved me." Just because he's always been stereotyped as this innocent child, so to hear him finally being real is kind of refreshing.
Its hard to determine a set rating for this because while the content isn't all that appealing, credit does need to be given just for the fact that he released something that breaks the fake rep. All things considered, this album has recieved 3 1/2 stars. This is a good start, Nick, but keep trying and experimenting to find your true sound.
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