Lines Vines And Trying Times (2009)
|Artist: Jonas Brothers|
|Lines, Vines and Trying Times showcases an incredible musical journey by the Jonas Brothers, as well as their growth as songwriters and musicians. They've incorporated horns into several songs, as well as harmonicas and peddle steel guitars. The first single, "Paranoid," is a guitar driven dance evoking song, and the entire CD is a veritable smorgasbord of pop and rock gems. "World War III" is a funk metaphor for a confrontational relationship. Written by Nick Jonas, he asserts, "This is a personal experience for me. "World War III" deals with the challenge of a girl who keeps attacking you, provoking you, trying to fight you, but all the while she's the only one fighting." "Fly with Me" which is also the end title credit for the upcoming Night at the Museum 2 film, was written by Jonas Brothers and their bass player Greg Garbowsky, and is sure to become a love song for the ages. On "Poison Ivy" Jonas Brothers added a horn section. In their summer music preview issue, Rolling Stone described the ultracatchy "Poison Ivy" as a "Weezer-ish tune about a toxic girl that you can't resist." "Hey Baby" is a classic "she done him wrong" song written entirely by Jonas Brothers. "We wrote this song for the last record while on the road and felt the old school sound was more cohesive with our present style," explains Nick Jonas.|
With all these themes, it's easy to see how Jonas Brothers came up with the title Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Says Joe Jonas, "Lines are the "proverbial" lines people will feed you, and vines are obstacles that get in your way." Adds Kevin Jonas, "Trying times can be relationships, or anything personal to you. No one is alone in that; we all go through it."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Jonas Brothers: Nicholas Jonas (vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, glockenspiel); Kevin Jonas II (vocals, guitars); Joe Jonas (vocals).|
|Personnel: John Fields (vocals, guitars, baritone guitar, keyboards, talk box, bass guitar, percussion, programming); John Taylor (vocals, guitars); Ken Chastain (keyboards, percussion, programming); Stephen Lu (keyboards); Dorian Crozier (drums, percussion, programming).|
|Audio Mixers: John Fields ; Paul David Hager.|
|Audio Remasterer: Dave McNair.|
|From the opening salvo, "World War III," an intense little prog-funk number written by Nick Jonas, it is clear that the Jonas Brothers' fourth studio album is not a bid for more 'tween stardom, but rather a step towards creative daring and maturity. But those who've been watching the band since the start have noticed that the talented Brothers are anything but a pre-fab studio trick.|
|Strong instrumental and writing chops abound here on synth-rockers like "What Did I Do to Your Heart" and melodic power-pop anthems "Paranoid," "Poison Ivy," "Much Better," and "Don't Speak." Not everything works completely; the metallic pseudo-hip-hop track "Don't Charge me for the Crime," featuring rapper Common, seems like a bit of a reach, and some treacly ballads have been allowed to leak in, but the good outweighs the bad, and makes the future for this band seem limitless.|
Producer: John Fields
Engineer: Wesley Seidman; John Fields; Michael B. Nelson; Paul David Hager; Steven Miller; Will Owsley; Ken Chastain
Associated Artists and Works
|Music from the 3D Concert Experience ~ Original Soundtrack|
|The String Tribute Players|
|Release Date : 06/16/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : D000282012|
|Label : Hollywood|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00050087130848|
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The boys continue to expand musically, making their kickiest and catchiest CD yet...."Much Better' is a superb bit of Motown-inspired moppet-funk..."
Lines, Vines and Trying Times is the follow up to the #1 debut of A Little Bit Longer and the # 5 debut of Jonas Brothers. Executive produced by Kevin Jonas, Sr., the album was A&R'd by Jon Lind and produced by John Fields. The multi-platinum Jonas Brothers received their first Grammy nomination this year, and have won a slew of awards from around the world, including an American Music Award, as well as multiple Kids' Choice and Teen Choice awards. Worldwide, Jonas Brothers have sold a combined 8.1 million albums, and have garnered a resounding total of 36 gold and platinum album certifications. Following the release of Lines, Vines and Trying Times Jonas Brothers are set to embark on the US portion of their "Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009" in Dallas. The tour features guests Jordin Sparks and Honor Society. As previously announced, they will co-host and perform on Canada's Much Music Video Awards the following day.
Lines, Vines and Trying Times will be released on Hollywood Records. Disney Music Group encompasses all of the Walt Disney Company's recorded music and music publishing operations including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records, Carolwood Records, Buena Vista Concerts and Walt Disney Music Publishing.
Jonas Brothers are exclusively managed by Kevin Jonas, Sr. and Philip McIntyre for Jonas Group, and Johnny Wright for Wright Entertainment Group. Creative Artists Agency is the exclusive talent agency representing the group.