Lines, Vines and Trying Times

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. On their fourth release in as many years, the boys don't entirely topple their Tiger Beat pedestal, but with Lines' PG-13 sentiments and wailing guitars, they try hard to leave their tween-dream innocence behind.
  2. Although the tunes are accomplished, Lines has a patina of smarm that's less smart than the music.
  3. If the Jonases come up woefully short in the sensitivity department, they (nearly) make up for it with songwriting that's far more flavorful than that on Fearless or on the JoBros' previous disc, last year's "A Little Bit Longer."
  4. Vines and Trying Times the seams are showing, which makes it a little bit harder to enjoy, even if there are certainly moments where all their craft and charm click, resulting in some fine pop that points out what's missing from the rest of the record.
  5. The boys continue to expand musically, making this their kickiest and catchiest CD yet, even better than last year's A Little Bit Longer.
  6. In a number of 'mature' developments to their sound they've laid down impeccably produced horns (see bombastic opener 'World War III'), come within millimetres of salacious classic rock in the excellent "Poison Ivy" (watch out for the implied "bitch" in the chorus!) and, on lead single 'Paranoid,' dispensed a chilled-out post-baggy number.
  7. It’s a bricolage of genres, so bent on embracing a variety of musical forms that it sometimes borders on parody.
  8. While it's commendable for the trio to try to break out of its teen dream box, it'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.
  9. Lines suggests that the Jonas Brothers simply don't have--or, more charitably, haven't yet developed--the chops to make it once the current teen-pop bubble bursts.
  10. Lines, Vines and Trying Times isn’t a good record and definitely isn’t the kind of thing you should be looking to investigate further. But if you’re reading this review, the chances are it’s not meant for you, so giving it a thumbs-down is hardly earth-shattering news.
  11. As a piece of product, this album modestly accomplishes the goal of keeping the Jonas Brothers name out there, reenergizing the fickle base. But as an album, it is a failure, weighed down by the painfully bland production and a team of uninspired professional songwriters who add little to Nick’s developing skills.
User Score
2.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 18 out of 26
  1. KevinJ.
    Sep 17, 2009
    0
    Ok guys, I admit our CD blows. We just happen to be short on some change so we had to put out a another turd. Now we made sales, we can pay Ok guys, I admit our CD blows. We just happen to be short on some change so we had to put out a another turd. Now we made sales, we can pay for out clothes and new cars. I hope my other bros don't see this.....Or they will beat me! I love girls, I love talking to em! That's about it! Full Review »
  2. Oct 23, 2014
    0
    Worst... Band... Ever...
    This album sucks And It's even worse than their previous albums, i'm glad what those guys disbanded! I Can't stand
    Worst... Band... Ever...
    This album sucks And It's even worse than their previous albums, i'm glad what those guys disbanded! I Can't stand it anymore!
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  3. May 22, 2013
    0
    Do you wanna know the truth? Jonas brothers never could be called by a boyband. They will never get it, I'm so sorry for their fans.Do you wanna know the truth? Jonas brothers never could be called by a boyband. They will never get it, I'm so sorry for their fans. lalalalalalalalalalalalalala Full Review »