JLS ‘JUKEBOX’ ALBUM REVIEW – FULL TRACK-BY-TRACK REVIEW!
Welcome to the popledge review of JLS’s third album…a band Simon Cowell turned down twice before they entered the public’s conscience as a result of X Factor 2008 coming second to Alexandra Burke.
- She Makes Me Wanna – we kick off ‘Jukebox’ with a very JLS sounding track, very club-light, kinda Vengaboys style lyrics about flying around the world and a nice cameo from Dev.
- Do you Feel What I Feel – the boys performed this new track on CIN last track and I thought it was instantly catchy, so much so that people started singing along with it by the end of the track….this is basically what you want from a pop song, highly catchy in a Chris Brown/Jason Derulo kinda way
- Teach Me How to Dance – hmmm too similar to the first two tracks for me, we need a change of pace…
- Take a Chance On Me – ahh good! A slower song from the boys with a few harmonies evident in the background, it was released as the second single from this album and is a welcome change of speed…
- Go Harder – a kind of ‘Everybody in Love’ part 2 – there’s a line about putting your hands up if you believe in love, in this case JLS are regarding ‘go harder’ as a term for putting more effort into a relationship rather than an admission they are into S&M
- So Many Girls – oh another reference to ‘putting your hands on the ceiling’ and wow this contains some very high falsetto sounds from Aston! Basically a song about JLS being surrounded by too many girls..what a tough life they lead!
- 3D – oh god please not a song about 3D glasses! I wonder if this is in here for their future tour? By now we all know that in fact 3D films and TVs are pretty shit and this song falls into that category, there are some truly awful lyrics in this song ‘I’m gonna turn you on just like a TV’ oh purleeaseee…
- Take You Down – some very robotic effects on the vocals of this track and again some awful lyrics about ‘ebay’ and ‘lets go at it, I’ll be a fanatic’ – I don’t like it.
- Innocence – hello is this a guitar I hear! I think it is! Actually I quite like the lyris in this track, it’s essentially about the demise of a relationship and the ‘innocence’ going from it which I quite like as a description. Rather like the rose-tinted glasses coming off as things start breaking down. Nice to hear a piano in the mix too.
- Killed by Love – I don’t like this one, the beat is very plodding and lyrics have gone back to being very insipid again.
- Never Gonna Stop – a song about eternal love, it blends into the rest of the album.
- Shy of the Cool – this is the only song on this LP written entirely by the boys themselves, it’s got some nice piano in it at the start and they’ve written it about their take on a girl. Apparently written during their time as a band before the X Factor it’s actually one of the best songs on the album. Makes me wonder what a true 100% JLS sound would actually be like?
PopLedge: 6/10 – enough to keep the fans happy but nothing progressive
Tracks you should keep on your iPod – She Makes Me Wanna, Do You Feel What I Feel, Innocence and Shy of the Cool.
Listen to this if you like: Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, Britney Spears, Usher and Timbaland.