Lines, Vines And Trying Times

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Subscribing to the time-honored practice of striking when the iron is hot, the Jonas Brothers put out Lines, Vines and Trying Times in June of 2009, making it their third album in one year. True, Lines and A Little Bit Longer were separated by a soundtrack to a concert film, but the flood of product is a true reflection of the peak of the group's popularity, just as how the over-produced, stretched-thin Lines is a reflection of their hectic schedule. Where A Little Bit Longer was built on a strong song foundation, Lines, Vines and Trying Times feels constructed from the outside in, with the concepts coming before the tunes, concepts that all take the Brothers Jonas further away from the fizzy, power pop fun. Lines is designed to showcase a mature Jonas Brothers, who wear their maturation in an increased stylistic range, and fussed-over arrangements that lend this a stiffness of a band well beyond their years. Pop classicists that they are, the Jonases are a bit more comfortable with immaculate arrangements than they are with the expansion, as they fumble through a couple of country songs and "Don't Charge Me for the Crime," a truly bizarre duet with Common where they gamely, lamely affect a hard-boiled pose. Tellingly, most of the forced moments were written in collaboration with outsiders such as Cathy Dennis and Greg Garbowsky, the latter being responsible for co-writing "Poison Ivy," a power pop tune so labored it reveals just how good A Little Bit Longer was. Overthinking and over-production are the primary flaws on Lines, where every point is hammered home by horns transported from the waning days of the Reagan administration. This oddly yuppified production is more Taylor Hicks than Taylor Swift, but the presence of Joe's former girlfriend is felt elsewhere, whether it's in the lyric's heartbroken love songs (as well as a couple of rocking accusations), or how Miley Cyrus stands in for Taylor on one of those country songs. But Swift also comes to mind because she and the Jonas Brothers are trying to do a similar thing: make teen pop that skews adult in its sound and form. The JoBros did it effortlessly on A Little Bit Longer but on Lines, Vines and Trying Times the seams are showing, which makes it a little bit harder to enjoy, even if there are certainly moments where all their craft and charm click, resulting in some fine pop that points out what's missing from the rest of the record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Subscribing to the time-honored practice of striking when the iron is hot, the Jonas Brothers put out Lines, Vines and Trying Times in June of 2009, making it their third album in one year. True, Lines and A Little Bit Longer were separated by a soundtrack to a concert film, but the flood of product is a true reflection of the peak of the group's popularity, just as how the over-produced, stretched-thin Lines is a reflection of their hectic schedule. Where A Little Bit Longer was built on a strong song foundation, Lines, Vines and Trying Times feels constructed from the outside in, with the concepts coming before the tunes, concepts that all take the Brothers Jonas further away from the fizzy, power pop fun. Lines is designed to showcase a mature Jonas Brothers, who wear their maturation in an increased stylistic range, and fussed-over arrangements that lend this a stiffness of a band well beyond their years. Pop classicists that they are, the Jonases are a bit more comfortable with immaculate arrangements than they are with the expansion, as they fumble through a couple of country songs and "Don't Charge Me for the Crime," a truly bizarre duet with Common where they gamely, lamely affect a hard-boiled pose. Tellingly, most of the forced moments were written in collaboration with outsiders such as Cathy Dennis and Greg Garbowsky, the latter being responsible for co-writing "Poison Ivy," a power pop tune so labored it reveals just how good A Little Bit Longer was. Overthinking and over-production are the primary flaws on Lines, where every point is hammered home by horns transported from the waning days of the Reagan administration. This oddly yuppified production is more Taylor Hicks than Taylor Swift, but the presence of Joe's former girlfriend is felt elsewhere, whether it's in the lyric's heartbroken love songs (as well as a couple of rocking accusations), or how Miley Cyrus stands in for Taylor on one of those country songs. But Swift also comes to mind because she and the Jonas Brothers are trying to do a similar thing: make teen pop that skews adult in its sound and form. The JoBros did it effortlessly on A Little Bit Longer but on Lines, Vines and Trying Times the seams are showing, which makes it a little bit harder to enjoy, even if there are certainly moments where all their craft and charm click, resulting in some fine pop that points out what's missing from the rest of the record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Artist: Jonas Brothers
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.35 x 5.02 x 6.58
UPC: 0005008713084
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Track Listing

1. World War III
2. Paranoid
3. Fly With Me
4. Poison Ivy
5. Hey Baby
6. Before The Storm
7. What Did I Do To Your Heart
8. Much Better
9. Black Keys
10. Don't Charge Me For The Crime - Featuring Common
11. Turn Right
12. Don't Speak
13. Keep It Real
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7/1/2009

Customer review by MileyJonasFan1993

5.0 stars 7/1/2009 by MileyJonasFan1993
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I absolutely love this CD! It's got a mix of genres; from the Jonas Brothers' original pop/rock, to rap and country. There are two exclusive videos that can be accessed when the CD is placed in the CD drive of the computer. There is a booklet with the lyrics to the songs and some amazing pictures of the Jonas Brothers. This album includes the big hits "Paranoid" and "Fly with Me." This is an absolutely amazing CD by the Jonas Brothers. This CD is a must-have for any Jonas Brothers fan!

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WOW!!
6/18/2009

Customer review by skaterdude360

5.0 stars 6/18/2009 by skaterdude360
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This cd is AMAZING!! The style of music is very different from their other cds. "Before the Storm" with Miley Cyrus was GREAT! I love all the songs.

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jonas brothers
6/16/2009

Customer review by keivnjonaslover

5.0 stars 6/16/2009 by keivnjonaslover
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i love the cd its amazing! the jonas brothers always have amazing cds

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Very good
8/27/2009

Customer review by Iloveeeyore

5.0 stars 8/27/2009 by Iloveeeyore
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I love th jonas brothers this cd is one of there best before the storm is amazing as is world war 3 it is a great cd for the price if you love the jonas brothers you will love this

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thornton co
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6/15/2009

Customer review by MrsNickJ

5.0 stars 6/15/2009 by MrsNickJ
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BUY THIS CD!!! I LOVE IT!!!! It's their best cd yet!! I love them!! They are growing up so much and they're music has grown up with them! Deffiniatly more for older fans. Younger fans I don't think will understand alot of what they are trying to say or the message they are trying to get out with their songs. =)

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