Figuring you've heard me blab away about the Jonas Brothers enough already, I decided to hand over the editorial review reigns to the Buzzworthy Blog Jonas Brothers fans out there to hear your thoughts on their brand-new album, Lines, Vines And Trying Times and get your take on their effort.
Honestly, I expected a lot of effusive, ebullient freakouts, but instead, you wrote some serious, critical reviews of the Jonas Brothers' new album.
The standout Lines, Vines And Trying Times review was submitted by Buzzworthy reader LindsayWarner, who's 16 and from South Dakota. Lindsay wrote a highly insightful, measured, and informed track-by-track review of Lines, Vines And Trying Times. And it turns out Lindsay and I had a lot of the same feelings about the album -- the JB's collaboration with Common is definitely the oddest point on the album, "Before the Storm" (the Miley duet) is the album's emotional apex, and "Much Better" is an irresistible throwback track. But, you don't have to take my word for it! Here's Lindsay's review!
If you have never listened to the Jonas Brothers before, ‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’ is definitely a superior album to cozy up to.
The album kicks off with “World War III”, a song about a girlfriend apparently trying to start a fight for no reason. The vocals in this song are fierce and a horn section blasts above most of the song that gives it even more of a kick.
“Paranoid” follows “WWIII”, and unlike its Black Sabbath namesake, the Jonas’ version of “Paranoid” has a lighter, catchier tune accompanied by some very cleverly written lyrics. It’s one of those songs that can (and probably will) get stuck in your head for days at a time.
“Fly With Me” has a likeable, bouncy piano intro followed by words that can make all of the single folks in the world want to find that special someone as it talks of a couple that is ok with being with each other forever. On the other hand, “Poison Ivy” is the mirrored opposite of “Fly With Me”, portraying a relationship gone bad.
What stings more than a metaphor comparing someone to poison ivy? Well, possibly it is “Hey Baby”, the next song, which tells a tale of someone basically being dumped and not seeing it coming. Yep…that stings too. Another notable aspect of “Hey Baby” includes extremely talented fellow musician, Jonny Lang, who also got into the music business early on, playing lead guitar on the track.
“Before The Storm” is a very melancholy song, in sound and through its lyrics. It is definitely the tear-jerking emotional song of the album and is a song that will make you think of your own previous relationships and experiences in love and just cause you to hurt. It is brilliantly written and the guest vocals of Miley Cyrus are spot on.
“What Did I Do To Your Heart” has a very western feel to it, especially with the fiddle kicking off the tune and continuing through the song’s entirety. It is kind of an “um…I did what? Oh, I broke your heart? No I didn’t. What? I did? Nope. I did not.” type of song. Full of blame and confusion.
“Much Better” cites “influences from the Bee Gees to Neil Diamond” in the liner notes and that is definitely apparent. The bubbly disco sounding song mixes with the lyrics, assumed to be about Taylor Swift, to tell of a lady who is much better than the teller’s previous girl. As for it being about Miss. Swift? Take that as you will. Overlooking all of the hype about it being written as a revenge song, with its falsetto refrains of “You” and it’s groovy tune, everything comes together perfectly to make a great song. (It’s probably one of the only songs ever written to use the word “BFFs” as well.)
Read more of Lindsay's review after the jump...
“Black Keys” is a song that shines with simplicity (in the best of ways). It’s a love song that makes you think and includes very powerful vocals with a beautiful piano line and string section to boot.
“Don’t Charge Me For The Crime” may be the strangest point of the record as a hip-hop pseudo-rap track complete with police sirens, gunfire and featuring guest vocals by Common. Even as the unexpected track showing the Jonas Brothers dipping their toes into the pool of a totally different genre, they pull off the song and it proves to be alright.
“Turn Right” unquestionably displays the vocal range of these young men and is full of lyrics assuring someone that they can be trusted and that they are there for them. “Don’t Speak” is very reminiscent of U2, so it was no surprise to see them mentioned in the liner notes. It is a song about trying to move on and set on with your life so that it is not wasted.
The record finishes off with “Keep It Real”, a bonus track originally featured on the boys’ show. It’s about them keeping grounded throughout everything that has been going on and now letting fame get to their heads. It also feature a really catchy horn line just under the vocals that just makes you want to dance.
‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’ is a very diverse mix of music and shows the Jonas Brothers’ very interesting change in style and sound. They have moved on from mainstream songs targeted at a very young crowd and have really started reaching their potential as musicians. The trio has always been good, but it’s apparent they are growing up…They are living life, having experiences, and writing great music about life. While listening to song after song of ‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’, one thing became very clear. The Jonas Brothers have talent. They knew exactly how to vocally come across in each song to portray each emotion with perfection and when it comes to instruments, they can’t make their sound any more precise. On top of it all, they write their own songs, a talent that seems underappreciated in today’s music industry. So don’t just throw these 3 New Jersey boys into the cliché bubble gum pop category because they are not. ‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’ is a great album and is proof that Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas deserve all of the attention that they have been getting.