A Little Bit Longer - Jonas Brothers

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. It's a nice run of numbers that really gets going with 'Shelf,' an impassioned advisory not to leave the singers' hearts in the titular location. [15 Aug 2008, p.64]
  2. 80
    Yes, the Jonases are squishy, vanilla and too sweet. But so is an ice-cream cone. And ice-cream cones are freakin’ delicious. Especially when they come with a cherry on top.
  3. The key to its success is that it is pitched perfectly between frivolous, disposable pop and meticulous mature craft, so as the Jonas Brothers continue to grow they might wind up losing that sense of fun that is integral to their music, but with this record they hit all the notes just right.
  4. The boys' fantastic third album is steeped in the fuzzed-up guitars, three-part harmonies and cotton-candy choruses of Big Star and Cheap Trick.
  5. It's unfortunate that much of their sophomore effort is submerged in an ocean of heavy-handed production, so deep that the boys' natural talents struggle to break the surface.
  6. Luckily, the New Jersey trio also continues to bolster its puppy-love perspective with an increasingly substantial brand of power pop that grows more palatable to the general population with each release.
  7. The trio's new wave-inspired songs may be derivative--and sometimes too derivative, as on the corny, Cars-lite opener, 'B.B. Good'--but they simply sound fresher.
  8. The Jonases show more vulnerability with such numbers as the mid-tempo, yearning love song 'Shelf' and the title ballad, with its plaintive vocals and subtle touches of piano and strings. Still, the album is mostly a bland gloss, offering no depth or cleverness in material that covers familiar territory.
  9. Even if it stands to be one of the year's biggest sellers (which it most assuredly will be), Longer is hard to envision as an album that will allow the Jonas Brothers to transcend their place in this teen-pop cycle.
  10. Too many of these songs get bogged down in chord changes and lyrics likely to sound worn-out even to a 10-year-old.
  11. If youre 14 and shake your Tic Tacs to it, then cool.
  12. Their McFly-like soulless pop-rock is unlistenable tosh.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 16 out of 36
  1. NC
    Oct 7, 2008
    If Selena J. is allowed to discuss the Jonas' dongs, then I'm discussing the Pussycat Dolls' titties... Is that kosher? Seriously.... If you're into something inorganic like this and you're eating it up despite the soul-sapping. time-wasting scam it is - I pity you. I find myself saying that a lot these days - wonder why. Alternatively, when you discover a true musical work of art that moves you one day when you are mature enough to relate to it, it will be positively orgasmic in comparison.... BUT, the problem is, when you start with Jonas... sometimes you don't make it that far. Poor America, the land that gives awards to Pink for being a "rock" star (lol!!!!! hahahaha) and thinks she has cred for hassling the likes of Paris, Simpson and co, that she is no better than. You're not still a rock star Pink, b/c you never were one, you're a funny looking troll without your three tonnes of make-up and your bitter messages of revenge and ignorance in the face of the loss of love promote the kind of arrogant self-delusion Pink dares to hypocritically expose in the 'op' princesses, that she actually is one of. Rock is fierce, uncompromising and uncompromised. You are a bitch with a soap box, much like the Jonas Brothers are just three manipulated and manipulating boys who have landed a ticket to nail underage girls. Again, I pity you. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    This album is good for what it is. The Jonas Brothers, as a boy band "created" by Disney, have grown up very fast and with this cd they reach unbelievable things. Music is good, lirycs too and they still have that "sex appeal" that just make teens buy their music. Full Review »
  3. Aug 11, 2010
    Im pretty sure The reviewers that gave them scores in the green are runned by smart intelectual men, and not little girls. Anyone who dislikes the Jonas Brothers are quite bias. A band with average songs. Sos and Burnin up are one of Jb's worst songs, ironically they are the most famous of the jbs. but that is not the Jonas Brothers I know, Video girl "ranked 49th best song of 2008" great song. "shelf" a song quite reminiscent to "hey Jude" by the beatles. "tonight" is also a good song. People just judge them based of listening to 2-3 songs. This album is quite good. Full Review »