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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I’m a sucker for you

“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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Jonas Brothers’ documentary ‘Chasing Happiness’ is a must watch

“Please hold while we get our shit together.” This tweet from Joe Jonas on October 22, 2013, lived infamy for many as this signaled what would be the temporary and very unexpected breakup of the Jonas Brothers. It would end up taking six years for the group to get the family band back together and to get back to making music. To promote their upcoming album, the Jo Bros released a tell-all documentary on themselves. Nothing was off limits, and almost everything was brought into the light.

Thank you for holding. Shit = Together.

This review is a slightly Spoiler-Free zone.

“Chasing Happiness” is the exclusive Amazon Prime documentary released by the Jonas Brothers. The documentary follows Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas as they prepare to embark on the production and release of their fifth studio album “Happiness Begins.” The documentary gives you a behind the scenes look at the rise and fall of the group.

Going into this documentary, I thought it was going to be just your average run of the mill “oh, let’s reminisce on our success and sugar coat the bad times.” I’m glad to say that I was wrong. This documentary covered every bit of information on their lives and career. It covered everything from their early upbrings to Nick’s first solo album “Nicholas Jonas” and their first album as a group, to what cause their breakups and brought them back together.

There’s plenty of behind the scene footage from every inch of their careers. Apparently, the Jonases professionally recorded everything. I make fun of that fact as well as greatly appreciate it. The fact that they had access to so much behind the scene footage just adds to the depth and emotion that is being presented in the narrative of their career. When they talk about how crazy and wild it was, you can actually see it. You can see and hear how they are taking it in. With other documentaries, you get an idea but the footage is older footage and doesn’t go with the narrative or just photos. It’s nice but it’s just great to see the behind the scene footage.

Then and now

The only complaint I have is a small but rather major one. They seemingly glanced over Demi Lovato. Look, I get that she “ruined the friendship” with Nick but she for years, their careers were intertwined. They talk about “Camp Rock” but not the fact they pretty much help launched Demi Lovato. She also helped make the Jonas Brothers bigger as well. They give Miley Cyrus, who famously dated Nick and wrote “7 Things” about him, a whole segment. I just think that Demetria didn’t get the credit that she deserved. The lack of Demi honestly kind of comes across petty. Especially after they included Miley.

I highly recommend checking out “Chasing Happiness” on Prime Video. It worth the watch whether you are into the Jonas Brothers or not. The tea is piping hot, especially some of that Disney tea, and their story keeps you interested in it through the entire documentary. This is a documentary you want/should see if you were into Disney during the Jonases reign as leading Disney Darlings. Everything about this doc, minus the snub to Demi, is so good. I highly enjoyed this, more than I thought I would.

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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Can you survive a Jonas Brothers’ concert?

With all the excitement of the Jonas Brothers getting back together and throwing a summer concert tour, I thought it was fitting to create a quiz to see if you would be able to survive one. Whether you are a new Jo Hoe or a seasoned Jo Hoe, this will test your knowledge on how well you will be able to survive.

If you like the quiz, share this page with your friends and let them see if they could survive.

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#JBTBT comes to an end with ‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’

In honor of the return of The Jonas Brothers, every Thursday in March will be dedicated to them as we walk down memory lane and review all four of their albums. Welcome to #JBTBT.

It’s the final Thursday in March and it’s time for our final #JBTBT. It’s been a long March and as a newly christened Jo Hoe, yep I lost my Jonas Brother purity ring, I’m frankly glad that it’s over because this has been an enjoyable experience but it’s exhausting. Extremely exhausting. So let’s deep dive into final Jonas Brother album before their breakup back in 2013.

Jo Hoe’s when “Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” came out.

For the other #JBTBT Reviews:

|”It’s About Time“|”Jonas Brother“|”A Little Bit Longer“|

With every strike of lightening, comes a memory that lasts

“Lines, Vines, and Trying Times” is their fourth album overall and the last album under the tyranny of Disney’s Hollywood Records. It was released in June 2009, less than a year since the release of “A Little Bit Longer.” Produced by the same guy that did the last two, the album was a little bit more mature than the albums that we previously received from them. It’s just too bad that this album got all most the same amount of mixed reviews as the Joe Jonas’s solo album “Fastlife,” or as I call it “I just got laid so here’s an album to signal that I’m a ‘love slayer’ in bed.

The album itself isn’t as bad as “It’s About Time.” While Nick’s vocals don’t change from the beginning of the album to the end, you can tell that they were burnt out. Between touring, their slightly successful TV shows and movies, these boys were tired af and the mouse probably wanted to capitalize on their fame. It really shows on the album. There’s a collective overall theme but it’s not as strong as the last two albums.

The biggest issue with this album is production. Some songs are just overproduced, some songs are produced weird. Like there’s one song where they added clapping in the chorus but it’s on the offbeat and not where you would normally have it. They also had a kink for horns of this album There’s also the mixture of genres in the album. This was definitely their album where they tried to play with their sound. This album was less rock and more pop rock.

“Before the Storm” is easily the highlight of the album. It’s featuring Miley Cyrus and it’s just her and Nick the entire song. It’s a Niley romantic ballad that is literally everything. I’m not going to talk about “Don’t Charge Me for the Crime.” That’s another conversation in itself. The songs are bad on the album, there’s some better than others. Like 40% on the album is meh songs. “Don’t Speak,” “Paranoid,” “Fly to Me,” and “Black Keys” aren’t bad songs either. They just don’t have that wow factor like their past works. The lyrics are actually less wordy than their previous work. I’m here for the less wordy lyrics. They are still profound and good lyrics.

I do recommend listing to the album because it’s still an enjoyable experience. It’s just not as good as what we have gotten from them in the past. “A Little Bit Longer” is the best album in the entire discography, so far. But this is definitely in the top three.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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