Lines, Vines and Trying Times

Lines, Vines and Trying Times

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by Jonas Brothers
     
 

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Subscribing to the time-honored practice of striking when the iron is hot, the Jonas Brothers put out Lines, Vines and Trying Times in June of 2009, making it their third album in one year. True, Lines and A Little Bit Longer were separated by a soundtrack to a concert film, but the flood of product is a true reflection of the peak of theSee more details below

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Subscribing to the time-honored practice of striking when the iron is hot, the Jonas Brothers put out Lines, Vines and Trying Times in June of 2009, making it their third album in one year. True, Lines and A Little Bit Longer were separated by a soundtrack to a concert film, but the flood of product is a true reflection of the peak of the group's popularity, just as how the over-produced, stretched-thin Lines is a reflection of their hectic schedule. Where A Little Bit Longer was built on a strong song foundation, Lines, Vines and Trying Times feels constructed from the outside in, with the concepts coming before the tunes, concepts that all take the Brothers Jonas further away from the fizzy, power pop fun. Lines is designed to showcase a mature Jonas Brothers, who wear their maturation in an increased stylistic range, and fussed-over arrangements that lend this a stiffness of a band well beyond their years. Pop classicists that they are, the Jonases are a bit more comfortable with immaculate arrangements than they are with the expansion, as they fumble through a couple of country songs and "Don't Charge Me for the Crime," a truly bizarre duet with Common where they gamely, lamely affect a hard-boiled pose. Tellingly, most of the forced moments were written in collaboration with outsiders such as Cathy Dennis and Greg Garbowsky, the latter being responsible for co-writing "Poison Ivy," a power pop tune so labored it reveals just how good A Little Bit Longer was. Overthinking and over-production are the primary flaws on Lines, where every point is hammered home by horns transported from the waning days of the Reagan administration. This oddly yuppified production is more Taylor Hicks than Taylor Swift, but the presence of Joe's former girlfriend is felt elsewhere, whether it's in the lyric's heartbroken love songs (as well as a couple of rocking accusations), or how Miley Cyrus stands in for Taylor on one of those country songs. But Swift also comes to mind because she and the Jonas Brothers are trying to do a similar thing: make teen pop that skews adult in its sound and form. The JoBros did it effortlessly on A Little Bit Longer but on Lines, Vines and Trying Times the seams are showing, which makes it a little bit harder to enjoy, even if there are certainly moments where all their craft and charm click, resulting in some fine pop that points out what's missing from the rest of the record.

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Editorial Reviews

Reuters - Gary Graff
Nick Jonas said the songs on Lines, Vines and Trying Times are "our journal in songs," mostly about "all things we've gone through, personal experiences we get inspiration from." But citing the continuing influence of Elvis Costello, he added that "we've also been working on trying to use metaphors ... to kind of mask a literal thing that happens to us." Other inspirations the trio cited for the new album include the Zutons, Kings of Leon and Neil Diamond.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087130848
catalogNumber:
000282012

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jonas Brothers   Primary Artist
Michael Bland   Drums
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Richard Dodd   Cello
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Talk Box,Guitar (Baritone)
Dan Fornero   Trumpet
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Dave Jensen   Trumpet
Kathy Jensen   Baritone Saxophone
Jon Lind   Acoustic Guitar
William Owsley   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Strand   Trumpet
Jonny Lang   Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Ken Chastain   Percussion,Keyboards
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Michael B. Nelson   Trombone
Kenny Holmen   Tenor Saxophone
Millard Powers   Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Briana Bandy   Viola
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Frederic Yonnet   Harmonica
Chris Beaty   Guitar,Soloist
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Steve Roehm   Vibes
Miley Cyrus   Vocals,Guest Appearance
George Stanford   Trombone
Wes Precourt   Violin
Kevin Jonas   Guitar,Vocals
Zack Lozier   Trumpet
Joe Jonas   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cathy Dennis   Composer
John Fields   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Jon Lind   Executive Producer
William Owsley   Engineer
Steven Miller   Engineer
Ken Chastain   Programming,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Paul David Hager   Engineer
Stephen Lu   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Dorian Crozier   Programming
Johnny Wright   Management
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Michael B. Nelson   Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Miley Cyrus   Composer
Kevin Jonas   Executive Producer,Management
Laura Lynn   Composer
Kevin Jonas   Composer
Ryan Liestman   Composer
Greg Garbowsky   Composer
Kevin Jonas   Composer
Nick Jonas   Composer
Joe Jonas   Composer,Author

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