Why, yes. Yes, they did.
Pardon me if I can’t…contain…a little… YEA-YUH, BOYEEE(s)!!!
Ahem. I wanted to wait for a roundish representation of positive large outlet reviews (after having to discount the meh Village Voice piece – booo hiss) as A Little Bit Longer hits the shelves…and it didn’t take very long, did it?
Entertainment Weekly reprised last year’s grade of B+, though their language was far more effusive this time around (come on, we couldn’t have made it at least an A-?) and, perhaps more telling, Rolling Stone gave the album an astounding FOUR out of five stars. (I have told non-believers this, and their jaws dropped. Not in the hater way, either.)
I’ve never needed “expert” opinions to justify my love of the Guys. I have never been anything but supremely confident in their merits (at least since the first month or so of infatuation passed and I shook off any fears of temporary insanity). But official vindication tastes so sweet.
Both reviews have swung the gate open wide for curious adults, and all types, to begin appreciating the Boys on their true worth. Seems that two albums later…still…It’s About Time.
Some of my favorite moments from the reviews, after the jump. Post your own, your thoughts and criticisms, and links to any other reviews as they (inevitably) come through, in the next week or so!!!
Entertainment Weekly – MUSIC REVIEW:
Assuming each generation gets the teen idols it deserves, then today’s kids must have done something good — God knows what — to have merited the Jonas Brothers.
…the lads have also evolved into a pretty terrific little rock band with their third album, which would count as creditable from a combo of any age, much less one whose ostensible leader, Nick Jonas, is 15. A Little Bit Longer could be a significant generation-gap closer…
It’s a nice run of numbers that really gets going with ”Shelf,” an impassioned advisory not to leave the singers’ hearts in the titular location, and continues with ”Lovebug,” which starts off as a goofy acoustic hootenanny — almost in the style of the Beach Boys’ ”Barbara Ann” — before revving up the riffs and climaxing with some hard-rock howls. If these don’t convert Jonas-wary grown-ups, their Tiger Beat phobias may be terminal cases.
Several more upbeat numbers bear comely choruses that suggest they might have been conceived as ballads, but rather than simply indulge worshipful lasses who’d probably gladly sway their arms to goop, the boys can’t help but keep credibly rocking out. For that, Jonas Brothers, the parents of the world salute you…
Rolling Stone – ALBUM REVIEW:
History teaches us not to dismiss kiddie pop. … Purists disdain teenybopper music as cynical pap, foisted on the young by Svengalis who lurk in the shadows, counting money. But bubblegum can be a great farm system, honing skills that pay dividends in later life.
The Jonas Brothers are acting their dad’s age. The boys’ fantastic third album is steeped in the fuzzed-up guitars, three-part harmonies and cotton-candy choruses of Big Star and Cheap Trick. Power-pop die-hards awaiting the genre’s commercial saviors must reckon with the fact that the messiahs have arrived . . . and they’re a Disney boy band.
Overall, it’s a blast — as assured as any American rock album released in 2008. Kids, are you ready to share your Jonas CD with the ‘rents?
…Worth noting – not over-enthusiastic reviews, but at least respectful and with an ear on the (gasp) actual music: The (NJ) Star-Ledger’s -“The Jonas Brothers return with bouncy, catchy tunes” & Cleveland Plain Dealer -“Jonas Brothers devise more ways to drive girls crazy on A Little Bit Longer” by John Soeder – both of which make use of words like “infectious” and “disarming“!!
San Francisco Chronicle CD REVIEWS (decent)