Jonas Brother’s return to form with ‘Happiness ​Begins’

It’s been ten years since the world received a gift in the form of a Jonas Brothers album. On Friday, June 7th, we received a gif in the form of the Jonas Brothers’ fifth studio album. Now that we all had a weekend to process and enjoy the record, it’s time that we review “Happiness Begins.” Hopefully you also watched “Chasing Happiness.” It’s a must before you start the album.

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“Happiness Begins” was the Jonas Brothers’ first album off of their previous label Hollywood Records. They are now on Republic Records, which is the same label that Joe’s side group DNCE is on. The album is less rock and power pop than what we have got in their previous albums. They play around with a few different genres like reggae and country. But there is a definite pop vibe throughout all the songs.

The boys worked with OneRepublic’s and superstar producer Ryan Tedder on the album, and it shows. The songs are well produced and flow very well together. Nick, Joe, and Kevin wrote every song on the album, which makes each song personal. The songs are overly wordy like 95% of their previous songs. I honestly liked the mature lyrics. While they aren’t cleverly sexual like Nick and DNCE’s songs, there still some hints of it.

While the album is well produced and flows very well, the main issue is the fact that it feels more like a “test the waters” album. I get the playing it safe, especially after six years of not releasing anything together, but it hinders, “Happiness Begins.” The singles are strong, but that’s about it. “Don’t Throw it Away” and “Rollercoaster” are bangers but all the songs seem to blend with how they sound. The songs just sound too similar and there isn’t anything in between to separate the songs like a palate cleanser. There’s a difference between having each song carry on the same theme to having it all sound the same. The songs do give off this happy vibe as the title says, but it’s the same happy vibe.

“Happiness Begins” is a delightful and well-produced and written album. It’s an excellent start to reunited Jonas Brothers, but it isn’t anything that has you listening to the album for extended listening. The singles are the standouts but after that, it just the same sound besides a few songs here and there. I do recommend this album because it is a good listen and will bring on the feels. Oh, I do recommend the Target Deluxe track “First.” It’s honestly a bop that doesn’t deserve being a deluxe track.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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