The Jonas Brothers Make Their Comeback
After shocking longtime fans with their first single Sucker since their official separation in 2013, the Jonas Brothers dropped their comeback studio album Happiness Begins on June 7th. While the album does maintain some of their old school sound, it is evident that the three piece group has stepped into a new era with their music, combining different aspects that the brothers pull from their solo careers. Overall, old and new fans have responded positively to the new content and are excited to see what’s to come for the band.
Regarding the overall sound, the mixture of DNCE’s pop-funk vibe, Nick Jonas’ sultry appeal, and the classic upbeat rhythms of the old Jonas Brothers eras come together to create the compilation of fourteen songs. The album’s opener Sucker is a perfect meld of each member’s individual sound and is already being labeled as a new summer bop. The other songs evidently play to the brothers’ strengths while also showcasing their ability to branch out and experiment with pieces of different genres. Different songs such as Strangers and Trust combine reggae, blues, R&B, and anthem rock sounds that capture the audience's attention with the diversity of the music. Overall, their music is sure to get stuck in your head and make you feel like dancing.
The most notable aspect of the album is how it showcases the brothers’ growth since their earlier content, both musically and as individuals. Gone are their Burnin’ Up days about partying and being teenagers (although we can definitely expect these throwbacks to be performed in upcoming live performances), as they introduce a more mature sound with developed subjects. The brothers make loving tributes to their respective wives throughout the album with songs such as I Believe and Hesitate, while also touching upon feelings of heartbreak and longing in Don’t Throw it Away and Used to Be.
The brothers also discuss their personal feelings regarding their careers in autobiographical songs such as Rollercoaster, which explains the brothers’ appreciation for both their accomplishments and hardships throughout their musical journey. The last track on the album, Comeback serves as a symbolic representation of the foundation of the Jonas Brothers. Despite their differences that ultimately led to their split at the beginning of the decade, the trio has resolved their issues and have realized the importance of putting their familial bond over the careers. The brief acapella outro in Comeback serves as a beautiful representation of the brothers communing and simply singing together, doing what they love.
Overall, Happiness Begins is a very well-rounded record that allows listeners to connect with the Jonas Brothers’ stories in their own way. Each track has its own sound and showcases a different style of music, as it also provides some insight into the members’ minds, allowing them to be vulnerable and express their emotions in their truest form. If you haven’t heard Happiness Begins yet, we highly recommend you stream it on your favorite platform and check out some of their music videos.