In 2006 we had It’s about Time, The Jonas Brothers in 2007, A Little Bit Longer in 2008, and Lines, Vines, and Trying Times in 2009. The Jonas Brothers dominated pop music and became a staple of the 2000s. But yet, as quickly as they rose to pop stardom, they went their separate ways. Kevin getting married, Nick pursuing a Solo act (Nick Jonas and the Administration and later just Nick Jonas), and Joe later forming a new band (DNCE).
Who would have thought that at 12 am ET on March 1st, almost 10 years since their last album, the Jonas Brothers would pick up right where they left off with the single “Sucker”, a hit that masterfully captures the true integrity of the Jonas Brothers as well as proving that the three boys have matured and become better artists since we’ve last seen them.
What I was concerned about for the new single was that it would not sound like the Jonas Brothers anymore. The only similarities of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” and DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” to “Burning Up” and “Year 3000” are the lead vocals and chart topping successes. To come back from that and create “Sucker” was a huge feat that Kevin, Nick, and Joe pulled off with raging success. Sucker sounds like a Jonas Brother song that has aged like a fine wine. Nick and Joe’s voices have improved greatly since Lines, Vines, and Trying Times. It has Nick singing falsetto like his solo music, it has a forward pop beat that DNCE claims by, it has the same youthful lyrics with romantic cliches that “Lovebug” and “Burnin’ Up” know too well; it sounds original but familiar.
The Jonas Brothers could have gone wrong if they neglected where they came from. Instead, they paid a respectable homage to it. “I’m feeling heat in December” leaving audiences think of “Burnin’ Up.” It’s evident in the track that the brothers worked together on this piece, instead of it being a rushed return. Any Jonas Brothers fan is currently taken back to the days where they would turn on Disney Channel to see Jonas or Camp Rock on the TV. “Sucker” does an excellent job of staying true to the core of the Jonas Brothers fan base.
The Jonas Brothers could also have failed to move forward as artists. If the song sounded too much like a preteen anthem, it would have been awkward for everyone. Yet the song, about their significant others, sounds mature and respectable. The music video features Kevin’s wife Danielle, Nick’s wife Priyanka, and Joe’s fiancé Sophie. The weight of the song comes from the fact it isn’t an empty love song, it is about the girls that the Jonas Brothers love, which adds to its maturity and sincerity.
“Sucker” isn’t just everything every Jonas Brothers fan and I could ever ask for: it is everything pop music could ever ask for.
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Written by Annette O’Dell and Jacob Harsch