Nick Jonas is a highly underrated musician.
His vocal range and ability to tell a story are some of his strongest attributes, yet his chart success hasn’t matched the heights he deserves.
With his fourth studio album ‘Spaceman’ out, has Nick made any moves to try and capture a listener’s attention and aim for number 1? In short, yes.
Born out of frustration with the challenges of COVID-19 and his newly formed marriage with Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra, ‘Spaceman’ encapsulates how we’ve all probably felt this past year at various times.
With legendary pop producer Greg Kurstin (Sia, Lily Allen, Adele) and songwriter Mozella (Kelly Clarkson, Charlie Puth) on board, the small but perfectly formed group of artists bring some great songs together, sharing stories about everything from disconnecting from our usual world to deep love.
Nick’s range goes from seductive to full on anthemic at the switch of a button with these tunes. He plays a more introspective Nick on songs like ‘Sexual’ and ‘Spaceman’ – bringing a more R&B texture to his voice. It shows the softer side of Nick and is something we are more familiar with hearing from his earlier works.
But on several tracks, Nick delivers the pop goods. ‘If I Fall’ and ‘Deeper Love’ are polished, catchy and purely great pop tunes. With catchy verses and memorable choruses, they are evidence of how great a combination the artists involved are and how deserving he is of chart success.
My favourite song is second single ‘This Is Heaven’. From a choir to a sax solo to the chorus that just won’t leave your head, this song is pop magic. It’s pure pop – there’s no features or remixed versions – it’s a clean cut hit.
Whether it gains the traction it deserves isn’t up to me, but I do implore you to stream it, add it to your playlists and give it a fair few spins. You won’t regret it. It’s heavenly.
Having gone on an artistic journey over the years from the Jonas Brothers to his solo works, I can’t help but feel something good came out of the year that was.
Capturing that artistic vision in an album as delightful as this one isn’t easy and is becoming more and more rare.
A ‘Spaceman’ he may have been, but this album has the potential to bring us all back to earth and take notice of one Nick Jonas.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : This Is Heaven, If I Fall, 2Drunk.