I am going to do a proper review of Nick Jonas' new solo album, but with every song release, I have said something about it. I found most of the album through Rolling Stone, though I couldn't find two tracks. One of them is the one I am most curious about, "I want you."
I will wait until the album's out to do a proper review, because I want to include the other two tracks, but I couldn't resist saying something now. I'm not sure what to think of this album. I have been a die hard Jonas Brothers fan since I was thriteen, and Nick was always my favorite. Let's be honest, we all have had a favorite band member. I can't deny it, I was a Jonas Brothers fanatic, and had such a crush on Nick Jonas. I hate to admit it, but I do think on some level, that'll never go away fully. It happens, even the most professional of people have their weakness' and mine happens to be him.
Because of that, I'm going to support this album no matter what. That doesn't mean I'm going to nessicarily really enjoy the album though. From what I've heard though, I'm not all that impressed. Something I've always liked about his lyrics were they were catchy and mostly meaningful. I mean, "When You Look Me In The Eyes" was something Nick co-wrote with his father when he was just eleven years old and that is still to this day my favorite love song. "Hold on" has more power and meaning to it than I noticed back when it was new, and honestly could change lives.
That's why so far, this album is surprising me. Its also kind of disappointing. Its mostly sexual, with very little meaning. I mean, don't get me wrong, the inner Nick Jonas fangirl is silently drooling over the images he puts in your head of him naked and such. The twenty-one year old, music journalist that is at the surface though, keeps going, "Really? This is what you chose to release?"
In interviews, he has said this album is the "real him", but unless all you think about is sex, how can that be true? I mean...given he's a twenty two year old boy, so that might actually be the only thing on his mind, but even the horinest of people think of something other than sex. Not to mention, I'm quite curious how he went from inspirations such as Elvis Costello and Fall Out Boy, to making an R & B album. I've never been a fan of R&B, if I'm honest. I've never really hated it, but its never drawn my attention.
At the same time, if there is honesty in the interviews he's given, then good for him for releasing something that even his die hard fans can question. If you can make music from the time you and many of your fans are pre-pubscent into adulthood with only a few years for gaps inbetween, and still surprise your fans, you probably are doing something right.
The album isn't all sexual, "Push" appears to be about a relationship coming to an end when you don't want it to. Or at least, not the way it is. I'm of two minds about the song, but I do have to say its meaningful.
So is "Avalanche", which features Demi Lovato. Its quite beautiful and I bet anything Demi had a hand in writing this. Many know about her struggles in the past few years, and how she's not only over come it, but used her experience to reach out to others. Has Nick been through something too or was this more Demi's song but on his album? Many questions are being posed now. This is beautiful and I really do like this one a lot.
Like I said, I'm not overly thrilled with the album and this is not a proper album review. That'll come Tuesday or somewhere around Tuesday because that's when the album is released. Its a decent album, and I think those who really like R&B might actually really like it. I just don't love that style. I don't hate it, because frankly, unless he full on started rapping or turned into a total douchebag, I don't think I could hate something he released. My favorite tracks so far are "Chains" and "Avalanche", but who knows what I'll think once I hear "Warning" and "I Want You."
I hate to say this ,but Nick's new album is not gonna make it into my list of favorite albums. Now the self titled Jonas Brothers album -that's forever stuck in that list. Also, does it weird anyone else out that that album came out in 2007? 2007 seems so far away now...
Anyways, the album comes out November 10, and I will be doing a proper review thenm, so stay tuned for that. This was all slightly jumbled thoughts as they came to my mind when I couldn't resist listening to it any longer.
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