You never forget your first fangirl experience, and I have absolutely no shame in admitting that I was all aboard the Jonas Brothers train back in the day. To me, they could do no wrong, and I still support their work to this very day (sorry, not sorry). Am I sad that they’re no longer making music together? Of course I am! But just like we’ve seen with Destiny’s Child, One Direction, and *sniff* *NSYNC sometimes their members are more musically successful individually than as a group. This notion is also clear for the JoBros, especially with Joe Jonas‘ third coming successful music career with pop-funk band DNCE.
From the moment the ridiculously catchy “Cake By The Ocean” hit the radio, the quartet garnered quick recognition from past JoBro fans, music award shows and even Fox Studios as they were featured during the school dance scene of Grease Live. They only continued to move upward in their popularity with the success of the seductively romantic “Toothbrush”, the second released single off debut EP Swaay. That small taste of what their style would be as a band set the stage for their full length self-titled debut and I myself was pretty stoked for the big release day.
DNCE doesn’t disappoint as a modern dance funk album with pop elements. From the Prince‘s “1999” meets Bruno Mars‘ “Treasure” -esque title/band name starting track to songs that musically fit Las Vegas undercover spy scenes (“Blown”, “Be Mean”) to the stripped down, doo wop-y “Good Day”, the album shows versatility without trying too hard to incorporate too many musical elements. In fact, stripped down breakup ballads “Almost” and “Truthfully” show a mature and personal side of themselves as a band with toned down instrumentation and raw, somewhat bittersweet lyrics.
With the release of singles like “Toothbrush” and “Body Moves”, it’s no surprise that there were other tracks where Jonas’ seductive crooning comes into play on DNCE. With a general ear, it’s easy to hear another song about a guy trying to get with a girl. However, the listed singles along with “Naked” and “Unsweet” showcase acts of devotion in modern dating. Both “Body Moves” and “Naked” lean more towards the passionate lust between the two parties and bringing the object of your affection home for a night of, well, you know.
While technically from their Swaay EP, “Toothbrush” very much complements “Unsweet” both discuss moving forward in relationships. “Toothbrush” is all about being perfectly fine with having the object of your affection start leaving personal items at your place and signifies a point in the relationship where you may want to indulge in somewhat domesticated actions. Ending track “Unsweet” is practically a sappy Thought Catalog article in musical form – the unconditional love that you should have for your other half. It’s a modern love song that focuses on the one thing that everyone in a relationship wants, acceptance of our flaws, our past, and broken pieces that we’re still trying to put back together. Yes, both still have those sexy elements in their lyrics and instrumentation, but they still discuss very real moments in modern relationships and an urge to grow together as partners.
DNCE’s debut album is a surprisingly cohesive collection of fun, feel-good tracks that can appeal to multiple generations. In the mood for old school funk? Modern dance pop? A modern day love song? Something to play in the bedroom? This album has all of that and is a strong one to introduce themselves on. Congrats to Joe Jonas on his new musical endeavor and an even larger congrats to his fabulous band members who get grow in their careers alongside him. I’m sure this is album is only the beginning of a long and successful adventure for DNCE.
Dance Pop/Rock | Republic Records