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Album Review: Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers are a pop/rock band that formed back in 2005. After nearly a 6 year hiatus, they have released their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins.

Sucker was the first single released for the album. After hearing this song, I was actually excited about the Jonas Brothers reuniting. I was never a fan of them when I was in middle school and high school, but I knew I had to give this new album a listen. I actually really enjoyed the first track and it hooked me into the album right away. It's a high energy pop song, something that will definitely gather some air time on the radio. This is a typical love song, where this person loves someone else greatly, and they would do anything for them. The Jonas Brothers might be referring to their wives since all three of them are married.

Cool was the second single released for the album. This song wasn't one of my favorite when first released, but it is growing on me. It opens up with a slow acoustic guitar, and then a drum beat eventually comes in. During the chorus, it opens up a little bit more. I can't help but think of another pop song this reminds me of. I can't think of the exact song, but it does give me a vibe that this has been done before.

I mentioned this in a previous blog post, but I LOVE reggae, and I love the vibe that Only Human is giving off. They got a quick, staccato-like, singing style in the pre-chorus that adds to the reggae aesthetic.

After Only Human, it slows down a bit with I Believe. The track opens up with an 80s vibe; the single chord synth in the background and soft vocals. I Believe is another love song intertwined in here. The girl they are talking about is someone that they can't live without, and they compare that person to heaven.

Used To Be is about a past lover that they had. They reminisce about the old times they used to have. Since the girl thinks that she can do better, or be with someone better, she decides to leave, and the Jonas Brothers only want what is best for her. This could also be about someone that they were never able to be with but had a crush on at one time. In the first verse, Joe Jonas says, "Even though you're not mine," at the end of the verse.

We come back to a reggae vibe with the song, Every Single Time. The beautiful guitar chords on the off-beats and the steelpan (more commonly known as steel drums) to kick off the chorus just brings me some relaxation and enjoyment. They also make a quick reference to Amsterdam, which might explain the few reggae-inspired beats they have on the album.

Next up is Don't Throw It Away. In this song, they are trying to convince this girl that the relationship isn't over. They just want her to think through it before ending the relationship. If they can work things out, everything will work out perfectly.

Love Her brings us to the halfway point of the album. This song also draws on the topic of love. The Jonas Brothers talk about their views of love, and who else can explain it better since all three of the brothers are married? They say that love can hurt, but it will all be worth it in the end.

After the slow Love Her song, we have more of an upbeat song, Happy When I'm Sad. While this is an upbeat song, it does talk about pretending to be happy, even though that person is sad. A lot of people in today's society try to put on a smile or pretend to be happy, even though they might not be in the best mood. They could do this for a variety of reasons, and for the Jonas Brothers, it's probably because they want to be in a better mood, or want their fans to believe that they are doing well.

Trust talks about hanging out with someone you haven't for a while. You might have a friend where you act differently. There's this person that when they are with them, they end up making bad decisions or choices. They could have made a lot of progress in life, but when they are with them, they just revert back to their old self. The Jonas Brothers don't trust the choices they make when they are with this person, which could refer to an old ex-girlfriend.

Strangers is another synth-heavy song on the album. This song could be referring to a new person they met and everything is perfect, or they could refer to an old acquaintance and remembering all the great times they had together.

Hesitate is about helping your lover through hard times. According to Joe Jonas, this is a love letter to his wife. He's saying that he will take on all of his lover's pain and help her through with it. In this marriage, Joe Jonas wants to let his wife know that he will never give up on her.

The next track, Rollercoaster, seems to talk about their time together making music. It takes them back to when they first started making music and how they have changed. It also talks about how they would do that again. Even if there were negative times during the success of the group, there isn't anything they would do differently.

Comeback is the closer for the album. When I was looking at the tracklist, I thought this had to do with their comeback as a band, but it is actually another song that tackles the topic of love. Basically, if this girl goes back to this guy, he'll reconnect with her.

If you enjoyed the album, check out the link below to purchase it!

What did you think of the album? Let me know in the comments section!
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Sucker, Only HumanUsed To Be, Every Single Time


  1. I haven't sat down and listened to the album in full, but so far I love Cool. The Jobas Brothers were my favourite band when I was 12!

    Ash |

  2. I haven't listened to it but I may check it out. You have me intrigued. ~The Virginia Nymph


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