By Quinn Eaton
Happiness Begins was released on June 7th, 2019, but the album transported everyone back to the late 2000's. Whenever something returns after an overdue leave of absence (whether it be the Jonas Brothers or the McRib), expectations can often exceed the actual fruition of the product. The Jonas Brothers promptly said "to hell with that logic," and released quite possibly the best album of the summer.
Fans and non fans alike got early access to singles "Sucker" and "Cool," which really should have prepared us for the banger of an album that was on its way. These songs showcased the fact that the Jonas Brothers had grown up, and their music had matured along with them. "Sucker" delivered a catchy hook, and "Cool," if you can look past the pronounced arrogance of the song, was an absolute "turn the speakers all the way up and throw/crank the windows down" kind of tune.
Looking past the singles that were released, the two songs that really steal the show are "Only Human" and "Used to Be." These songs excellently present Joe and Nick's vocal capabilities, as well as Kevin's ability to be in the room with them when they record. If you were the type that said "I want the old Jo Bros back," then songs like "Strangers" and "Rollercoaster" can take you back to that late 2000's vibe.
All in all, it was just great to hear new music produced by the Jonas Brothers, and I think we can all agree on that. I had been a first hand witness of a generational divide that had been created because of the Jo Bro's absence, and now that they have returned, I really think their music will act to bring together Generation Y and Generation Z.
Thank you Jonas Brothers for mending those wounds that Disney and testosterone most likely created and getting the band back together. The Jo Bros CD that I LEGALLY burned was becoming worn out, so the new music couldn't have come at a better time. The album is an unbelievable collection of music both because it has so many stylistic ranges and I thought that there would never be another Jonas Brothers album ever again. I recommend that you listen to the album from start to finish. Happiness Begins is a wild ride, and once you finish it, sadness begins. That is, until the next Jonas Brothers album comes out.
We'll have to wait "A Little Bit Longer" for that though.
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