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SO GRATIFYING – the majority of reviews of the Boys’ recent performances are not only positive, but becoming less and less reluctant and/or backhanded about it. This even from the kings and queens of snark at Idolator and THE New York (freakin’) Times! Enjoy:

JON CARAMANICA of The New York Times:

Slickly choreographed and arranged, Zootopia thrilled in inverse proportion to the age of its performers — beginning loudly with the Jonas Brothers (average age: 18), dulling in the middle with a reunited New Kids on the Block (average age: 38 ) and finishing, amid a sea of shrieks, with Ms. Cyrus (age: 15).

Conveniently, the youngest performers were also the ablest. The Jonas Brothers, who play instruments and sing as a full-service boy band, veered from loose-limbed rock (“Hold On”) to intense balladry (“When You Look Me in the Eyes”). They were a model of precision.

MAURA JOHNSTON of Idolator on Zootopia:

Speaking of the JBs, they played a tight little set that was something of an improvement of what I saw during their Jingle Ball appearance in December—not only could I actually hear the music through the discrete screeches of young ladies thanks to my relocating to a conveniently located breezeway midway through their set, the band sounded pretty tight, and [Joe] Jonas’ stage-presence quotient has gone through the roof, with his white pants and purple sweater making me wonder if he’s started taking notes on Gabe Saporta’s crowd-working strategies.

RICK MASSIMO of the Providence Journal on the KISS show:

The Jonas Brothers made a bigger impression on the teen girls in my section at least, and it was hard not to wonder what would become of them in a few years. There’s nothing harsher than the backlash against an aging teen-pop act — The New Kids could tell them that — and some of the sillier Jonas material (such as “Year 3000”) is ripe for ridicule. But there were solid pop hooks in “That’s Just the Way We Roll” and “Hold On,” which bode well for the group’s eventual staying power.

Something tells me doing these communal shows where their skill and professionalism are held up against so many other performers has been something of a lucky critical break for them. Baby steps!

Hope you’re proud, fellas!!!

Some video proof of what the fuss was about after the jump!

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Their brand of hopped-up power pop had the best hooks and melodies of this largely dreary night…

Thus spake the otherwise-uninspired New York Daily News’ music critic Jim Farber on the Zootopia main stage concert from Saturday night. It’s the big show put on by massive station Z100 out of New York City, and another notch on the Boys’ recent Top-40-radio-event belt.

What is it about praise that takes a swipe at others, that makes it that much sweeter? Sigh. I feel guilty about that, since I like some of the other artists, but whatever – the Boys are #1! Haha! And it needs to be recognized.

I’m so proud of them – especially considering they have more personal creative involvement in the composition of their music than many of the acts that shared their stage last night. Other performers throughout rest of said night included: Miley Cyrus, Sara Bareilles, Simple Plan, Gavin DeGraw, Ferras, OneRepublic, Jordin Sparks and the New Kids on the Block. Push Play played the parking lot with Miley Cyrus’ brother’s band, MetroStation (ooh, burn – hehe, oh I’m just kidding).

If you’re superfast, catch them still on the radio circuit tonight (Sunday, May 18 ) in Boston at 6pm – streaming live here!

More photos (and a link to video) from Zootopia, after the jump!

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Joe Jonas spends thirteen and a half fun filled minutes with smitten Carolina Bermudez on Z100 in NYC. Click here to check it out.

[Via: cstardust (Flickr); Z100]

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