- Released: November 30, 2009
Rolling Stone - p.723 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..."
Billboard - "[I]t's on songs like 'Before the Storm' -- featuring Miley Cyrus -- where the brothers prove they're still among the best at putting the fizz in pop culture."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.World War III
- 3.Fly With Me
- 4.Poison Ivy
- 5.Hey Baby
- 6.Before The Storm
- 7.What Did I Do To Your Heart
- 8.Much Better
- 9.Black Keys
- 10.Don't Charge Me for the Crime
- 11.Turn Right
- 12.Don't Speak
- 13.Paranoid [Soul Seekerz Radio Edit]
- 14.Paranoid [Soul Seekerz Club Mix] - (remix)
- 15.Fly With Me [Digital Dog Radio Edit]
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Paranoid [Video]
- 2.Paranoid [Karake Version]
- 3.Fly With Me [Video]
- 4.Fly With Me [Karaoke Version]
Personnel: John Fields (vocals, guitar, baritone guitar, keyboards, talk box, percussion, programming); Nicholas Jonas (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, glockenspiel); Kevin Jonas II, John Taylor (vocals, guitar); Joe Jonas (vocals); Ken Chastain (keyboards, percussion, programming); Stephen Lu (keyboards); Dorian Crozier (drums, percussion, programming).
Audio Mixers: John Fields ; Paul David Hager.
Recording information: Ocean Way, LA; Wishbone, LA.
Photographer: Matt Albiani.
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.