The Fall and Rise of Jojo’s ‘Disaster’

It’s a new month and a new year. Since it’s January and this artist just re-released all of her old music, it’s only fitting to dedicate a whole month to her. Welcome to Jojo January. No, it’s for JoJo Siwa and her obsession with big bows. That’s all the jokes I’m going to make about her since she’s only like 8 years old. I’m talking about the original teen queen Jojo. There are four Fridays in January and she happens to have three albums and two extra songs on iTunes.

We have now gotten into the depressing part of Jojo January. It’s time that we get into the part where she didn’t give the world a third album until 2016. Yep, it took her 10 years for her to get us the highly anticipated follow up to “The High Road.” I feel like this has turned into a series about Jojo. I’m okay with this. Let’s cover what would have been the first single off of her third album “Jumping Trains.” This one will be the original version because the video is still up on her VEVO page.

Click here to read the previous review: “Jojo” |“The High Road”

You shot the bullet that killed me

Before we get into “Disaster,” here’s the cliff notes version of what happened. It’s a lot that happened to young Jojo. Oh, I’m not going to cover “Demonstrate.” It’s not an official single. It’s apart of her story so I’ll post my thoughts on it.

“Disaster” was released in 2011. It was supposed to be the first single off of her then third album “All I Want is Everything.” The album was actually completed back in 2009 but was waiting for her then-label Blackground and Da Family Entertainment Records to sign distribution rights to release it. When they failed to do so, she sued them and won. After she won, she was released from her contract and Blackground Records set up for the album to release on Interscope Records.

That ended up falling through. During this time, Jojo also remade her third album. They planned on having “Demonstrate” being the new first single for the new third album called “Jumping Trains.” It wasn’t until 2013 that Jojo was fully free from Blackground. That came at a price as her discography and back catalog under Blackground records. Hence, why she re-recorded and re-release all her old music. I hope that all made sense because it’s a lot. Oh here’s the court complaint aka the tea.

The song

“Disaster” is what I would consider the sister song to her hit “Too Little Too Late.” It has the same feeling of that song. The song is catchy and upbeat and just feels like an anthem. It has a pop rock/power pop feel to the song. It’s kind of like the 2010’s version of “Since U Been Gone.”

The song is about being in a relationship going south and just not being like it was first like was. There’s also lyrics suggesting that there’s some deep shit going on. It just adds to a song that really got the raw end of the deal. Besides the behind the scenes crap, the song was criticized because it wasn’t “showing her progression as an artist.” This was mainly by the critics but I don’t think they were really paying attention. Jojo helped write the song when she was 21 years old. I know when I was 21, I was writing about this kind of stuff.

Thoughts on “Demonstrate”

“Demonstrate” was suppose to be released the summer of 2012. It was the new first single off of her third album. I don’t think it’s a bad song but I do think that “Disaster” is definitely a strong single. Demonstrate is a slow and sexy single that is definitely something that we didn’t hear from Jojo. But it was a step in the right direction overall. I wish we could hear both versions of the third album before it became “Mad Love.” Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Verdict on ‘Disaster’

Personally, I think “Disaster” is a bop. I think it got too much hate on it for being too similar to “Too Little Too Late.” While I consider it to be the sister song, it’s definitely more mature than “Too Little Too Late.” It’s honestly it’s underrated. I think it got a bad rap just because they focused too much on it being similar to “Too Little Too Late” and not on the growth itself. The new version that she re-released is amazing but honestly, nothing compared to the original. It’s something about Jojo’s music that makes it so special. It’s a shame that some people aren’t able to have both versions to listen to. Greed is a dangerous drug.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Jojo takes ‘The High Road’ to her queendom

It’s a new month and a new year. Since it’s January and this artist just re-released all of her old music, it’s only fitting to dedicate a whole month to her. Welcome to Jojo January. No, it’s for JoJo Siwa and her obsession with big bows. That’s all the jokes I’m going to make about her since she’s only like 8 years old. I’m talking about the original teen queen Jojo. There are four Fridays in January and she happens to have three albums and two extra songs on iTunes.

While we all agree that Jojo is the queen we can get behind, her second album is where it’s at. The name of it ended up foreshadowing what would be her life after the release of her second album. I’ve dive deeper into it when we talk about next single before her third studio album “Mad Love.” It was pretty much the worst thing that could happen to an artist. But she rose above and that’s why we stan her. We only stan queens and Jojo is a queen.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REVIEW OF JOJO’S DEBUT ALBUM

Your chance has come and gone

Originally released in 2006, Jojo’s “The High Road” was her follow up to the self-titled album “Jojo.” The album itself was a little bit more matured than her first. It was more of a reflection of her life at the time. This album signaled growth. Her growth as an artist and as a person.

I’ll be honest, this album was a much better and stronger album than “Jojo.” So far, it’s my favorite album of her. It’s a mix of hip hop, rock, and pop. This came across more like what you would get with Jojo. The first album had her come across as this cool chick like J-Lo. She was Jo-Lo. This album seemed more like Joanna Levesque. This was real, this was her. This was exactly who she wanted to be. She was going to let the light, shine on her.

“Too Little Too Late” is, of course, the stand out on the album. It’s probably her most well-known single. It’s probably the song that best represents the album. There aren’t really any bad songs on the album. There are some that just fell flat but it’s not like “Jojo.” Like I said in that review, that album all blended into each other. Nothing stood out. This is not the case with “The High Road.” It’s a more well-rounded album. Other favorites on the album are “Let it Rain,” and “Anything.” “Anything” samples the iconic song from Toto called “Africa.” Those are bops. “The Way You Do Me” is a dirty little diddy that makes you question the adults of her former record label. Why would you let a 16 year old sing about sex like that.

Verdict

Overall, “The High Road” is a much better and more personal album from Jojo. I enjoyed it more than I did in the first album. It’s a nice mix of genres and as I said, it sounds more like Jojo than the first. I also recommend this album.

I also recommend listening to the Spanish version of “Too Little Too Late.” I’m a big listener of Spanish versions of songs. It’s a gem that most people just sleep on it. I found it on YouTube but it’s a full-on bop to the top.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Jojo grabs her crown with the reissue of ‘Jojo’

It’s a new month and a new year. Since it’s January and this artist just re-released all of her old music, it’s only fitting to dedicate a whole month to her. Welcome to Jojo January. No, it’s for JoJo Siwa and her obsession with big bows. That’s all the jokes I’m going to make about her since she’s only like 8 years old. I’m talking about the original teen queen Jojo. There are four Fridays in January and she happens to have three albums and two extra songs on iTunes.

Growing up, I wasn’t a huge Jojo fan. I pretty much enjoyed the hits like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late.” So when she re-recorded a re-released all of her older work, I decided it was time to look into her work as a whole. I need to educate myself more on the fine arts. As a musical connoisseur, I need to explore different artist. Music and Sexuality go hand and hand. You don’t know what you like until you try it. And that the tea. Anyways, let’s talk about Jojo’s self-titled debut album. Keep in mind that I’m listening to the re-issued/re-released updated version.

No tears will fall from these eyes

“Jojo” was originally released in back in the summer of 2004. It was re-released in December 2018. To make a long story short about why she re-recorded, re-worked, and re-released 14 year music, I leave you with this: label drama. The album is a mix of R&B, Pop, and hip-hop. It’s actually a very nice blend of everything. It reminded me of Ariana Grande’s first album “Yours Truly.” Which is ironic because this album was nine-years-old when Ariana Grande released it. Ariana wanted to be like Jojo. Even their high ponytails were similar. Maybe Jojo is really Ariana? *conspiracy theory*

The album itself is a really good mix. The album seems to be split into two different acts: first act before “Leave (Get Out)” and last act after “Leave (Get Out).” The main flaw with the album is that most of the songs on the album sound the same and similar. It’s not a bad thing but it’s not a good thing. It just blends together too much and you can’t tell the songs apart.

Some songs were better than others. Obviously, “Leave (Get Out)” is the stand out of the album but “City Lights,” “Breezy,” and “Baby It’s You” are also good songs as well. There are also some songs that are just meh. “Weak” is a cover but it’s just too long of a song. If they would have trimmed like two minutes off of the song, then it would have been a fine song,

Verdict

“JoJo” is a great debut album. It’s a standard debut album with debut album issues but I’ve just come to expect that when it comes to debut albums. Jojo was definitely underrated and ahead of her time. I didn’t take vocals into account for the review because of their new vocals but still. Her vocals slay and could make angels cry. I do recommend taking a listen to it because I enjoyed the album.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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