Nick Jonas’ new album is ‘Last Year Was Complicated.’ His third solo album — and his most personal to date — arrives amidst much speculation. Find out what the critics have to say about this much buzzed about release in this roundup of reviews.
The 23-year-old pop music superstar is in vastly different territory, thematically and musically, from his Jonas Brothers’ days of the late aughts and early 2010s. Since the brothers disbanded in 2013, he has forged a dual career as an actor and as a singer-songwriter who keeps revealing that the Disney days are in the distant rear view mirror.
The new album ‘Last Year Was Complicated’ lives up to its title, from all reports, and most notably he himself has had to say about it both in interviews and in the behind-the-scenes documentary of the same title that began streaming on TIDAL days before its release.
The world already knows about some of the complications of his past year, namely his split with former Miss Universe Oliva Culpo that unfolded under the usual glare of celebrity news and social media and when he announced the album and title didn’t have to do much explaining.
He took to Twitter, saying in part, “Sh-t is too real sometimes… Reliving some of these real life experiences through this music is hard.” He went on to say, “But I know it’s important that I do it. I want to be an open book in my art.”
And true to form, as more details and more songs emerged, the lyrics seemed to have an undeniable personal narrative. He confirmed in an interview earlier this year with EW, that the dance track ‘Champagne Problems’ is indeed a breakup song. He said “It’s funny, it sounds like a party jam but it reality it’s about something pretty sad.”
Now the album arrives in full, and the critics are having their say. Here’s a roundup of their reviews.
“….Sure, life can get complicated. But too often, Jonas is focusing on that while trying to deliver songs that are nice and easy. ….” –Newsday
….As fellow pop artists like Selena Gomez and Zayn Malik explore more adult territory—and newer R&B sounds—in their music, the youngest Jonas Brother proves he’s got something equally alluring to share with listeners. The transition from boy band to solo artist is complete…..” –Radio.com
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. The transition from teen idol to the nuanced and intriguing pop music superstar is unfolding in this new album, and it remains to be seen, as always, if the music buying public embraces the solo artist as he continues to evolve. n before You can see Nick Jonas’ ‘Last Year Was Complicated’ album cover art and music videos below.