Today’s the Day!! – the first single from Lines, Vines & Trying Times, “Paranoid”, is fully out. Released to radio on Friday (at least the meds-free, Radio Disney version), the album version is up on iTunes and Amazon today! I assume hard copy versions are out there, too?
Anyway. We know we all love it…but is it a hit?! More thoughts after the jump…
We’ve already had some great discussion in the comments about the song – which most of us seem to really, REALLY enjoy (mildly put).
To which Coolmom helpfully replied:
“Hook” is defined as “a device in music that catches the attention”.
Hooks are typically the very first thing you hear when the song begins. In “SOS” for example, its the first eight notes you hear, that motif is repeated again and again under the verse. A hook could also be used in the chorus.
I would disagree that Paranoid does not have a hook. I think the opening descending “eighth” notes on the guitar would be the hook. They’re the first thing you hear after the single sustained tone that happens right at the beginning. They are repeated throughout the song under the verse. They’re even under the chorus if you listen hard.
Nice! I am no music expert myself, but I can certainly agree with the sentiment that it ensnares you pretty hard after a couple spins. On my first listen, I think my head was kinda cocked to the side, much like Joe on the new album cover.
Nick’s lower voice was a new element that seemed to immediately strike everyone (some say he sounds a lot like Joe – I don’t disagree, but I still think there is a[n awesome] flintiness to Joe’s voice that will always be exclusively his, not to mention all the ample nickliness of Nick’s that remains! Just my personal take on that). But it didn’t take long, as usual, before there was no other song I wanted to listen to on repeat and pick apart more. EARWORM!!!
I am hoping the song has this effect on Jonas neophytes when it really hits radio. Which reminds me of the ongoing entanglements regarding radio success…will it be a bigger presence there than the others? Lovebug seemed surefire to me; so did Tonight. But, the Jonases don’t get too much love on radio, except when fans are forcing the issue, and up until now it hasn’t seemed to matter all that much, except from a point of pride and the old-fashioned desire to boast of a huge #1 hit single. So some onlookers have wondered about the choice of the song as the first single off the record, even as they praise it.
I have to just admit I have no idea if it will take off in that regard or not. My only real relationship with the music industry is as a consumer and fanatic, and I am a notoriously bad judge of such things, seeing as I am not very into most of the music that does really, really well on the charts. Like, at all. Sometimes, I just don’t get it.
I am hoping that the steady rhythms and not-overwhelmingly bubblegum, danceable catchiness of “Paranoid” will win over that amorphous mass of Top 40 radio listeners, whoever they are (I am not one of them). I feel like the song was picked because those qualities make it a good contender to do so, while not cheating us of what the Jonases do so well – taking any theme, even a dark-tending one, and relating it in a way that remains musically upbeat and perfectly – perfectly – enjoyable.
That About.com article summed it up best, saying
“Paranoid” will fit well on pop radio, and it is likely to earn the trio new fans who will not immediately recognize this song as the Jonas Brothers. However, those who relished A Little Bit Longer will recognize the sound instantly, but see it as welcome evolution. Growing up with the Jonas Brothers has been a good ride so far.
I completely agree.
What are your thoughts?!
Oh, and BONUS, if you missed it – first live performance of “Paranoid” at the Atlantis in the Bahamas, last Saturday, May 9, 2009!