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Disappointing...but there are a few gems!
on 7 November 2009
On a first listen you would be forgiven for writing the debut album from JLS off as a bunch of songs rejected from the latest BSB album, but give it a chance....there are a few gems!
'Beat Again' needs no introduction as it was a massive hit in the charts! 6/10
'Everybody In Love' again needs no reviewing whatsoever. Definitely a fave of mine! 8/10
'Keep You' is a really funky, fun, dance-pop track. The vocals in this song are so smooth it brings sexiness to the song in massive amounts. The concept of the song is very cute and slightly cheesy but the funkiness really works, I can imagine a full on dance routine going on in the chorus if this has a video made for it. Love the punchy melody! 8/10
'Crazy For You' sounds like it should have been on Westlife's FIRST album. TOO cheesy for JLS. NEXT! 3/10
'Heal This Heartbreak' could easily be mistaken for one of the more recent Backstreet Boys album tracks, the vocals sound very American. 6/10
'Close To You' has such a sweet vibe throughout. The song reminds me a lot of the Chris Brown song 'With You', but a very stripped down, more gentle song. The acoustic feel, with the soulful R&B vox really just make this song beautiful. Aston does a great job and carries this song, when the other guys come in for their verses you sort of wish it was just down to Aston to polish this one off. Still a gorgeous song though. 9/10
'Only Tonight' is my definite favourite...I instantly fell in love with the sing along melody of the chorus and the harmonies which really set this song apart from the rest for me. I just love it! 10/10
And after the highs...the rest of the album I could do without to be honest. The first half is definitely the better half, it makes me wish they had mixed it up a little more to have the "fillers" blend in more. For me, 'Private' is the worst track. It's one of those songs you forget as soon as you hear it. I give these boys credit, they have got some great songs/singles, some great voices and they co-wrote 9 out of 13 songs which is unheard of in boybands. Overall, the hardcore fans will fall in love with this album, the ones who were curious will pick out a handful of faves and forget the rest...I don't think JLS will gain any new fans or break any grounds with their debut...maybe next time!