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YMMV / The Jonas Brothers

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  • Awesome Music:
    • "World War III"
    • "Shelf"
    • Their cover of "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
    • "Heart and Soul" from Camp Rock 2. Say what you want about the group or the movie, you will love that song.
    • 'Live to Party'
    • 'That's the Way We Roll'
    • 'Hold On'
    • Their cover of 'Year 3000' is still pretty good.
    • 'Play My Music'
    • 'Live to Party'
    • "Sucker"
  • Broken Base: Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas' solo projects. Some love Joe's solo album Fastlife, while others hate it, the same for Nick Jonas And The Administration's Who I Am.
    • And when Nick and Joe cover each other's songs, there will, inevitably, be fights that break out over whether or not the brother covering it is doing it better than the original.
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    • Lines, Vines And Trying Times qualifies. Fandom's pretty evenly split on whether to love it or hate it, since it's something of a departure from their previous straight-up pop rock sound.
    • And a new one: With Joe and Nick using Precision F Strikes, the fandom's pretty divided as to whether it just doesn't bug them, or whether it sounds cheap and is just an attempt by the band to get people to see they've "grown up".
    • Their new single "Pom Poms" has already turned into this. There seems to be three camps about it: 1. They hate the lyrics (and the [leaked] music video) and miss their old sound, circa "A Little Bit Longer". 2. They like both and see no problems with it. And 3. the group who think it's over-hyped and doesn't live up to it.
      • "Pom Poms" is even a base breaker critically. There's some who think it's a great pop song that's fun, and then there's some who hate it and its lack of meaning.
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    • Whether their cover of Busted's 'Year 3000' is better or lesser than the original, or just works in its own right.
  • Critical Dissonance: A given, considering that critics usually see them as a Boyband first, 'legitimate musicians' second.
  • Covered Up: Their "clean" version of "Year 3000" is better known than the original version in America (the All Music reviews of their albums seem to think they wrote it).
  • Face of the Band: Either Nick or Joe. No one will say it was Kevin. This is reflected by their statuses post-breakup: Nick became a successful R&B solo singer and TV actor, Joe formed a new band called DNCE with a funky disco sound that scored a debut Top 10 hit, while Kevin faded into general obscurity.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Lines, Vines And Trying Times, since it's divisive, and some fans prefer to pretend it (and the brothers' respective solo careers) never happened.
  • Fridge Horror: Following the theory that "Black Keys" is about self-harm, what can the line "the lights out never had this bright a glow" mean other than the singer being tempted with the idea of suicide?
    • Made even worse with "Wedding Bells", which all but outright states that the singer got drunk upon hearing the news, as well as the line "if I fall asleep, then wake me up cause I'm trying to see the light", which continues with the implications of suicidal thoughts. (And, like "Black Keys" and "A Little Bit Longer", Nick wrote "Wedding Bells" on his own.)
  • Friendly Fandoms: Surprisingly friendly with the 30 Seconds to Mars fanbase. The Jonas Brothers reunion show at Radio City Music Hall was aired live on Mars' online music pay-per-view event service, VyRT. This made them the first band besides 30 Seconds to Mars themselves to stream a concert with the service. The Mars fanbase, the Echelon, took time on the VyRT site and other social networks to answer questions about the service, help overseas fans figure out what time the stream would be airing, and explain to the parents of Jonas fans that, yes, their credit card info WILL be safe if they pay for the ticket. Most Jonas Brothers fans appreciated the help. Of course, there was the occasional Flame War and some Echelon members were merely assisting Jonas Brothers fans because the financial and critical success of the Radio City show stream would benefit VyRT and Mars in the long run.
  • Funny Moments: "Oh, how the tables have turned." And Joe dancing to "Single Ladies".
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Hold On". Definitely.
    When you love someone
    And they break your heart
    Don't give up on love
    Have faith, restart
    Just hold on
    Hold on
    Hold on
    Hold on
  • He Really Can Act: Nick Jonas played Marius in Les Misérables rather well.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: For the Busted fans who think the Jonas Brothers slighted them by not saying their version of 'Year 3000' is a cover of their song for so long, them bringing them up to perform the song with them at the Capital Summertime Ball 2019 may be this.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Video Girl" is about girls in music videos and how they aren't going to do it again. Following his break-up with Taylor Swift, Joe Jonas dated (and then split with) Camilla Belle, who was in the video for "Lovebug".
  • Incest Yay Shipping: And how, with a surprisingly large portion of the fandom.
  • Iron Woobie: People tend to perceive Nick as this, if not all three of the boys, and it's referenced in "Hollywood".
    Now we're making headlines, primetime, saying 'what a story'...
    • To be fair, it is somewhat justified, because before they were picked up by Disney, they worked for Columbia, who basically dicked around with them and kept pushing back the release of their album, which got very little advertisement aside from what the boys did personally, and very nearly went bankrupt before Disney signed them.
    • And, of course, Nick has his diabetes.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: All three. Joe's been paired with his girlfriends, his brothers, any one of the other Disney stars, male or female. Nick's gotten the same treatment, and even Kevin's gotten in on it. (And one of the most popular pairings for Kevin is him and Zac Efron.)
  • Memetic Mutation: "Burnin' Up" got into meme status through how the second verse was sung:
    Joe: high heels
    Joe: red dress
    Nick: rEeEEeeeD dREeeeeSs
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The opening rap for "Don't Charge Me For The Crime" manages to make a very good point about the American system.
    The verdict came in and it said I was guilty
    I looked at the judge, "Hey America built me."
    Tried to get rich but they label me filthy
  • Snark Bait: It was very popular to hate these guys at the height of their popularity, especially amongst those still feeling the pain from the Backstreet Boys/*NSYNC era.
    • For Busted fans, their covers of their songs. Particularly 'What I Go to School For.'
  • Tear Jerker: Their new song "Wedding Bells", penned by Nick about Miley Cyrus' engagement.
    I don't wanna love
    If it's not you
    No, I don't wanna hear the wedding bells prove
    That we can't try, one last time
    No, I don't wanna hear the wedding bells chime
    • "A Little Bit Longer", which was written about Nick's diabetes.
    • "Black Keys", which some have theorized is about self-harm.
  • Unexpected Character: Doubt anyone saw them singing Mc Fly's song 'Star Girl' at one of their London concerts in 2009, but you'd probably floored if the band themselves came out to sing it with them, then it happened.
  • Vindicated by History: They were no doubt superstars when they came out, but the backlash from non-fan died down with they hype and many of them eventually realized that, even if they didn't like the songs, the boys were at least skilled musicians.


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