ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Jonas – Last Year Was Complicated


Nick Jonas’ debut solo record was a strong collection of pop and R&B infused tracks that unsurprisingly gained a lot of comparisons to Justin Timberlake. Over the past year he launched his own label with Demi Lovato called Safehouse Records and explained how he wanted to have creative control over his music and become more experimental. However his sophomore studio album lacks any evidence of experimentation or risk. It’s a predictable and lengthy collection that continues with the sound his debut introduced, only slightly elaborating on a heavier R&B influence. As a body of work it is not as likeable as it’s predecessor and takes a couple of listens to somewhat appreciate a few of the songs, and even then that’s a bit of a push. “Chainsaw” stands out as the strongest track on the album with the most direct and raw lyrics looking at his breakup which the majority of the album revolves around. “Maybe I’ll just take a chainsaw to the sofa where I held your body close for so long, so long. I’m gonna break the fucking china cause it’s just one more reminder you’re gone, you’re gone”. It’s a feeling most of us can relate to with, suddenly not having someone around and missing them. And man he knows how to give you the feels. “Close” was a song I wasn’t a fan of at the beginning and recently it has grown on me. So yes, I’m going to eat my words on this one but I’m not wrong about the rest of the album just so you know. Talking about eating he has a funky track called “Bacon” which brings the uptempo vibes to what will undoubtedly become a single. But yet again Ty Dolla $ign brings an unwanted guest appearance which is short and forgettable. Did he really need to feature? The answer is no. Big Sean shows how’s it actually done with a feature that makes the flavourless “Good Girls” bareable. The most interesting production comes from the seductive “Touch” which you could almost call a sequel to Selena Gomez “Hands To Myself”. More of this experimentation and risk could have saved the lacklustre affair the remaining of the album is. “Voodoo”, “Champagne Problems”, “The Difference”, “Don’t Make Me Choose” and “Comfortable” are forgettable to say the least and don’t bring any new ideas to the table. His vocals are quite impressive but I don’t feel like this album showcased that at all. His falsetto is what sets him apart from a lot of the other male artists on the charts at the moment. But, I’m going to leave you with some advice for Nick Jonas. If you have to feature your singles from your last album as the deluxe tracks on your new record then maybe you need to re-evaulate the songs you have selected.