There are those who dislike the Jonas Brothers because of their plastic nature as a band. The first songs from these brothers – “Year 3000” and “S.O.S.” – are criticized for meaningless lyrics that no one can relate to. At first, I did not like them either. Then their self-titled album was released, and I found something in their music that was interesting and different. But I knew they had yet to prove themselves as a credible band.
With the latest album from this Disney pop rock trio, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times,” the Jonas Brothers have proven they can transition from Disney pop and produce unique music.
Starting with the exciting rock song, “World War III,” the group deviates from their previous music. The song establishes them as a growing band that cannot be contained in a plastic pop genre.
There are still those pop songs to intrigue their previous fan base, but there is so much more on this album. The Jonas Brothers are really branching out. They even collaborated with Common in “Don’t Charge Me for the Crime,” a truly captivating mix of rock and rap. In my opinion, the song shows that the Jonas Brothers are not afraid to take risks, a key factor in becoming a great band.
To me, the song that pushed this Jonas Brothers’ album into the spotlight was “Turn Right.” Unlike their previous ballads (“A Little Bit Longer” or “When You Look Me in the Eyes”), this one actually reaches the heart. They keep it simple with a slow and steady beat. The most memorable factor for me is the touching lyrics people can connect with. It is, in my opinion, their best song.
This album shows the Jonas Brothers’ true range and that they have what it takes to be one of the great bands of our time. I don’t think they are quite there yet, but they should build off of the ideas they introduced in this album.
Through some unique collaborations and by trying different sounds, they could conceivably become the next U2. As long as they build on it, “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” could be the Jonas Brothers’ gateway to super stardom!