Sunday, 9 June 2019

Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins Review

The Jonas Brothers are back with their first album since 2009 in "Happiness Begins", so how exactly does the album fare? Surprisingly well.

"Happiness Begins" is released in tandem with their Amazon documentary, which goes behind the scenes of the journey to their comeback. Whilst the documentary is an emotional affair with uncomfortable truths being aired, the album is a much happier affair as the title suggests.

Whilst most of the world was gripped by Jonas Brother mania during the 00's, I was not, and therefore listening to their new album felt like somewhat of a bizarre notion. Whenever any Artist makes a comeback there's always a fear that previous fans will have been left behind, or people discovering their music for the first time won't quite be able to gel with it.

Thankfully "Happiness Begins" is a spotless affair of Pop-Funk. It feels like a perfect mix of genre between the music the brothers previously did together, Nick's solo music and incorporated disco beats from Joe's group DNCE. The cause is massively helped by OneRepublic frontman and producer Ryan tedder, who rarely ever fails to produce hits, and the likes of Zach Skelton, Shellback and Greg Kurstin.

The music feels fresh enough to make the songs feel current, but like any album, it does suffer from one too many ballads. The brothers are of course now all loved up and settled down in happy marriages, and their happiness at contentment in all aspects of their lives is a recurring theme on the album.

'Sucker' proves to be a perfect choice for lead single, followed of course by 'Cool' with its fuzzy guitars and power melody. Nick's love note 'I Believe' music wise is a chill funko ballad but lyrically suffers in places from being a little too on the nose with cheese. 'Don't Throw It Away' is a catchy one-two banger, 'Happy When I'm Sad' deserves to be a single choice and 'Rollercoaster' along with 'Comemback' make for a good album finale with the brothers looking back on their past and the journey its taken them on to the now.

For longterm fans of the brothers it has been a decade long wait for the album, but is most certaintly worth it. Time has allowed the Jonas brothers to mature in more ways than one, and use those experiences to progress as songwriters into music that sounds fresh and current. In recent years the Pop circuit has felt a little bit dead with big hitters like One Direction deciding to go solo, Justin Bieber taking a break from music to focus on his mental wellbeing, Dua Lipa hard at work on her second solo album, Lorde TBD, Taylor Swift launching herself into another new era with 'ME!' and Little Mix's best album to date "LM5" not getting the recognition it deserved courtesy of the band changing labels, so the Jonas Brother's comeback is perfectly timed and welcomed by a genre dying for a fresh injection from an old favourite.