Sunday, May 24, 2009

Can This Actually Be Happening?

Am I going insane or is the new song by the Brothers Jonas, "Paranoid," actually pretty decent? And not just pretty decent, it's really quite a good pop record. I've only listened to it three times and it's already, bar none, the greatest thing they've ever done (not that that feat was hard to accomplish, mind you). I'm especially impressed with their ability to combine an insanely catchy beat with such dark, creepy (and, admittedly, well-written) lyrics. Plus, it sounds like Nick's voice is starting to mature a bit; the whininess that hindered the few good songs on their last album is either eliminated or reduced to the point that it doesn't distract. What's even crazier is that after the nightmare music videos that were "Burnin' Up" and "Lovebug," they've actually managed to make a music video that is every bit as impressive as the song. In the wrong hands, the jokey premise and situations they go through (Joe in a wrestling match!) could have been a complete disaster, but it all actually adds to the creepiness of the song. How they do it is beyond me, so take a look for yourself and see if you can figure it out.

Jonas Brothers - Paranoid - Music Video in HD

I know there were some critics out there *cough*Entertainment Weekly*cough* who thought that the Jonas's last album, A Little Bit Longer, was a breakthrough of any sorts (in fact, it was one of the worst albums of the year, worsted only by Beyonce and Janet Jackson). But if "Paranoid" is indicative of their newest album Lines, Vines and Trying Times--horrible title, by the way--could the Brothers Jonas finally break free of that Disney tweenage ghetto with a legitimately good pop record? I'm not holding my breath over here, but stranger things have happened. Who would have thought that Jesse McCartney, after a couple of bland, uninspiring albums and singles, had it in him to make Departure?


Marcy said...

I didn't really like "Paranoid" the first time I listened to it, but I started liking it after a few listens...and now I kind of love it. And Nick's voice doesn't sound so ridiculously nasally anymore!

That music video is pretty awesome too.

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