Before Jonas Brothers broke up, when they reconvened to write a new album called V, the pop trio tried to cull the best from a wide range of influences, as first shown in each member’s respective solo career. “With this record, we pulled pieces from all our inspirations,” Joe Jonas said. “But at the same time, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make it sound different than anything we’d done before.”
The five songs that Jonas Brothers released today, now apparently their last tracks ever, fulfill that promise. The sleek and muscular “What Do I Mean To You,” once slated as V‘s next single, surprises with the sudden aggression at the hook as if inspired by Muse. Other songs sound just as deliberate, but also couldn’t sound more different. “The World” recalls Paula Abdul‘s “Straight Up,” “Wedding Bells” bears enough whimsy to recall Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” while “Found” was clearly the trio’s answer to Frank Ocean‘s “Lost.”
Listen to the Jonas Brothers’ remaining V tracks after the jump, and sound off on what could have been in the comments below.
“What Do I Mean to You”
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