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  • Summary: The pop group's fourth album features Miley Cyrus, Common, and Jonny Long.

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Fly With Me
If time was still The sun would never, never find us We could light up The sky tonight If I could see the world through your eyes Leave it all... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 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."
  3. Although the tunes are accomplished, Lines has a patina of smarm that's less smart than the music.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It’s a bricolage of genres, so bent on embracing a variety of musical forms that it sometimes borders on parody.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 18 out of 28
  1. AdelJ
    Jun 17, 2009
    10
    I absolutely love this album especially black keys, and fly with me.
  2. AlexandraG
    Jun 19, 2009
    10
    I loved it. Or, more like i love it. I caan't stop listening to it over and over again!! I especially love black keys, because the I loved it. Or, more like i love it. I caan't stop listening to it over and over again!! I especially love black keys, because the lyrics are different. I didn't really like "don't charge me for the crime", "don't speak" (thought the beginning was good, and the verses, just not the hook), and "turn right". They seemed a little forced. "Before the storm" only annoyed me before i actually listened to it. I was like "Oh, wow. Seriously? Miley Cyrus?". But it was so emotional that I couldn't help but love it. Expand
  3. TomP.
    Jun 17, 2009
    0
    I'm gonna be honest, didn't listen to a single song beside the single, and that was all i needed to give this a 0.
  4. JustinH.
    Jul 2, 2009
    0
    Brilliant.
  5. D.S.
    Sep 19, 2009
    0
    This is what music has come to. It has "I make music for the industry" written all over it. If it wasnt for computers, these guys would be, - This is what music has come to. It has "I make music for the industry" written all over it. If it wasnt for computers, these guys would be, - can you believe it? - even far worse. Notice how these are not the usual critics for these newspapers/review sites: meaning these sites looked really hard for a reviewer who liked this stuff probably because they were coerced my the music industry. Expand
  6. Grant
    Aug 11, 2009
    0
    Rubbish. Go listen to Merriweather Post Pavillion or Aeroplan Over the Sea if you want to listen to real music. Watch as no one but obsessive Rubbish. Go listen to Merriweather Post Pavillion or Aeroplan Over the Sea if you want to listen to real music. Watch as no one but obsessive teenage girls give them 10s. I almost feel sorry for said girls for having subdued to trash like this. Expand

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