Last Year Was Complicated

Last Year Was Complicated

by Nick Jonas

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Overview

Last Year Was Complicated

Last year may have been complicated for Nick Jonas -- at the very least, he separated from his girlfriend Olivia Culpo in the summer of 2015 -- but Last Year Was Complicated feels assured in a way its eponymous 2014 predecessor did not. Nick Jonas refashioned the former Jonas Brother as a mature artist, a singer whose sensibilities now adhered to sensual R&B and slick club music. Produced in part with some of the same collaborators as the 2014 LP -- Jason Evigan maintains a large role, as does Sir Nolan -- Last Year Was Complicated uses the hits "Chains" and "Jealous" as touchstones, expanding their cool, glassy shimmer to songs of heartbreak, doubt, and loss. Wisely, Jonas and his collaborators decide not to lean too hard on Nick's vocals: his appeal lies not in his range, but his thin vulnerability, a quality that tends to humanize the steely gloss of the production. Beneath the sheets of sound, Jonas seems sensitive, a sensibility that carries over even into the heavy club bangers "Voodoo" and "Champagne Problems," lending them a little lightness. Still, he flourishes on the unabashed pop numbers -- specifically "Under You," written in part with Max Martin -- and the ballads, where this quivering capacity for masculine heartbreak is pushed to the forefront. "Close," a duet with Tove Lo, is perhaps the best showcase for this aspect of Nick Jonas, but the entirety of Last Year Was Complicated walks a fine line between immaculately produced pop confection and personal confession: it may not be heartbreaking but it feels as if it comes from the heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Island
UPC: 0602547859754
catalogNumber: 002487202
Rank: 7008

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Jonas   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Deanna Della Cioppa   Background Vocals
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Rickard Goransson   Bass
Ali Payami   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Shellback   Guitar,Drums
Julia Michaels   Background Vocals
Pierre Luc   Guitar
Marcus Kincy   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Dewain Whitmore   Background Vocals
Mattman & Robin   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Marimbas,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Sean Douglas   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brett James   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
David Massey   Executive Producer
Simon Wilcox   Composer
Kyledidthis   Art Direction
Eric Weaver   Engineer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Rico Love   Composer,Vocal Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Rickard Goransson   Composer
Ali Payami   Composer,Programming,Producer
Shellback   Producer
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Noah Passovoy   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Jason Evigan   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Ilsey Juber   Composer
PJ Bianco   Composer
John Silas Cranfield   Engineer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Mattias Larsson   Composer
Billy Hickey   Engineer
Nick Jonas   Composer,Producer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Dewain Whitmore   Composer
Nolan Lambroza   Composer,Engineer
Robin Fredriksson   Composer
Bebe Rexha   Composer
Peter Carlsson   Vocal Editing
Nolan   Producer
Tove Lo   Composer
Paul Lane   Package Production
John Shullman   Engineer
Maximilian Jaeger   Vocal Engineer
James Royo   Engineer
Mattman & Robin   Programming,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Jonathan Tucker   Composer
Sean Douglas   Composer

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