Jonas Brothers, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times
Official release date: June 16
The Verdict: Sure, last summer’s A Little Bit Longer featured a sappy piano ballad about living with diabetes — but it also featured a half hour’s worth of catchy, actually-rocking power pop (see here) that we’re not (completely) embarrassed to admit is still an appreciated part of our iTunes library. So what’s up with this new album? Lines, Vines, and Trying Times hit the Internet a couple of hours ago and, aside from a handful of tracks, it’s all keyboard-driven, eighties-style radio cheese (“Keep It Real” is basically a note-for-note remake of Maxine Nightingale’s “Right Back Where We Started From”). It’s not bad, necessarily, but this certainly won’t be easy for anyone to rock out to.