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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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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Pop Project Explains: Met Gala 2019 Fashion

On Monday, May 6, the 71st annual Met Gala was a thing again. If you don’t know what that is then you need to get with the times. The Met Gala is a fundraising event for Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This is the event that all the celebrities wear their best costumes. Because of this, I decided to put on my fashion blogger hat and chat about some of the costumes and my thoughts. This years theme was camp. So naturally, only gay men and women knew what the hell that means.

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What the hell is camp?

Don’t feel bad if you don’t have any idea what camp is. You will soon find out that some people didn’t even know what it meant. Or they just don’t care. So here’s the wikipedia definition of Camp

Camp is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value. Camp aesthetics disrupt many of modernism’s notions of what art is and what can be classified as high art by inverting aesthetic attributes such as beauty, value, and taste through an invitation of a different kind of apprehension and consumption.

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So now that we got that out of the way, let’s get into some of these fashions.

Nick and Priyanka Jonas

Oh, Where do I begin with this. I think it might be best to start off with this: Nick Jonas has proven that not everyone can look super hot all of the time. While I can appreciate their take on glitter, I don’t know what this is suppose to be. Priyanka looks like a glittery alien queen while Nick looks like a 1970s gay porn star with tendencies to like little children and lure them with candy into his van/cult. Please, Nick, for the love of Jonas, don’t ever get a mustache like that. The world and I thank you in advance.

Nick was wearing a white suit with Dior Men with glittery gray shoes that look like it was made from her dress. Apparently Dior Men’s suit are for cult leaders. Priyanka looks like she killed some poor creature that invaded her home planet and had it weaved into Dior Haute Couture. Sadly, this wasn’t the weirdest outfit from the night.

Katy Perry

Someone call Disney! One of the dancing chandeliers from “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway escaped storage and ended up at the Met Gala. Oh, sorry that is just Katy Perry. Now I don’t know why someone would want to wear something that looks as uncomfortable as it probably feels. Especially with how many battery packs was needed to keep everything lit. But don’t worry, she didn’t this all night.

Katy Perry then decided to dress up as a hamburger. Yep, she went from a chandelier to a hamburger. From the lighting of a fancy dinner to something you can get from something off the dollar menu. While I appreciate their bold fashion choices, I really don’t understand them. I get fashion isn’t suppose to be comfortable but there’s no fashionable reason for anything she is wearing.

Katy’s hamburger outfit was made by McDonald’s. I hear that she wanted Wendy’s to make her outfit but they don’t make fake burgers.

Kim Kardashian and Kayne West

Only Kim Kardashian West would make looking almost completely naked a look for Met Gala. Kim told one of the media that she wanted to look like she was wearing a wet t-shirt. Unless you’re wearing a stripper’s shirts, I would like to know what shirt is that transparent to where it matches your skin color so well. It looks more like floppy skin than it is a wet t-shirt. She also looks like a sci-fi movie villain. A villain that is looking to steal peoples youth as she clings onto relevancy. She also kind of looks like a condom.

Kayne West is dressed like he is picked up his outfit off of the rack of Walmart. Apparently, Yeezey’s jacket was $40. Pretty much, Kayne is all of us if we couldn’t spend countless thousands of dollar on a fancy outlandish outfit. Kayne also looks like he’s going to murder someone and he’s carrying around the body, Kim, as a memento in the back of his van.

Celine Dion

Oh, Celine Dion. She’s the only person that can pull off looking like a peacock. I feel bad for the people that was sitting behind her. The tea of the entire outfit that Celine didn’t know what camp was. She thought they were talking about camping. I know have visions of Celine coming to the Met Gala as a tent or a boy scout. They would have probably been even better than looking like an extremely gay peacock trying to blind their lover with their sparkles.

The fact that Celine Dion has no idea what camp is makes everything seem even better. I can just picture her reactions to everything. The awe and the amazement to the world around her. Just a new born gay sparkly peacock just sitting there in amazement of a huge ass hamburger or a man holding onto his own head.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

It appears the Grim Reaper took a day off to take some of the celebrities careers at the Met Gala. Oh, I’m sorry that just Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Now I’m poking fun at the fact they look like death. But rather they decided to make their own theme where they are just wearing black leather dresses. One is wearing yellow. I’m honestly not sure which one is which at this point. But it’s very obvious that they might have a thing for leather. They do dress alike so maybe the camp is the fact they are dressed alike. I honestly don’t know. I just hope they didn’t take anyone’s careers. If they did, my money is on Kimye. It would cause the least amount of waves.

In my research in trying to figure who is who, I noticed a trend of them of wearing darker tones to the past Met Galas. Are they trying to hide something or just try to be dark and brooding? One tends to lighten it up a little but it’s still dark. I’m starting to wonder if they are vampires.

There was too many fashions to go over that occurred. Like Jared Leto holding his own head, Zendaya turning into Cinderella, or whatever the hell Cardi B was wearing. I highly recommend googling the outfits. It’s a joy. The same joy you got by reading this piece

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