Nick Jonas surprised us all with his debut solo album, filled with seductive tunes and grown up content. No longer innocent, his album impressed.
With his sophomore album now out there for all to hear, how has life changed for Nick?
Well it seems last year was complicated; The title of the album came from a conversation with Jay-Z (of all people) when they were discussing his album in progress and the year of craziness Nick had endured.
Jay suggested he call the album ‘Complicated’ based on that conversation and the rest is history.
With the focus of the content a complicated relationship, the album is a bit of a mixed bag.
Lead single ‘Close’ is sensually catchy and is one of my favourite tracks from the first half of the year. With a video featuring clothes being ripped off both Nick and Tove Lo, it’s hard not to pay attention.
‘Chainsaw’ demonstrates Nick’s vocals beautifully; a tragic song about the eternal battle between being in love and dealing with a break up, you can’t help but relate to the lyrics. Who hasn’t want to break china when the love of their life has upset or left them, let alone take a chainsaw to something!? I feel like this is one of his more relatable performances on the album.
One of the other songs I really enjoyed was ‘Under You’ which sounds like an extension of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’. This, of course, is no surprise, since it was written and produced by the same team that handled ‘Style’ (Max Martin and Shellback). The bass line is what provides a similar feel, but is also why I really enjoy the track.
Overall the album is not that bad, it’s just not that outstanding. This feels like an album you want to pick your favourite six tracks from, but is cheaper to buy as an album so you do anyways.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : Close (ftg. Tove Lo), Chainsaw, Under You, Unhinged.