But will Joe Jonas be believable as a real rock star? Can the fans ever forget that they loved him in fourth grade?
“I look at Joe’s scenario as kind of like when Justin Timberlake broke out of ‘N Sync,” says Rob Knox, a producer working on Joe’s solo project who previously teamed up with Rihanna and Jamie Foxx. “Justin was 21 when he came out as a solo artist. Joe is coming to producers who know how to create that edgier pop feeling. We’re not doing any boy-band songs.”
What they are doing, Joe says, is an eclectic mixture of “electro indie pop rock.” “It’s Joe’s album, it’s not just something put together for him,” says Danja, another veteran producer on the project, whose past work includes Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. “He’s collaborating with the writing. He’s very different from what you’d expect. All I can say is he’s an adult man. He has a rock-star edge about him.”
The entire Details piece reads exactly the way all the articles about Justin Timberlake before he released Justified read – Joe really likes girls! Joe drinks! Joe is kinda sorta embarrassed by the Jonas Brothers! Joe is a rock star trapped in teen idol purgatory!
Love Me Better might be the single greatest Stevie Wonder ballad that Stevie Wonder didn’t write or sing. The late Kenny Greene cements with the first couplet – made you a crown to call your own, made out of grass just like your thrown – that he is every bit the lyric (as in poetry) songwriter that Stevie is, and nearly as good.
The thing about Intro was that even though Kenny Greene handled all the leads, the songs were arranged so that all three voices make the song work. Here Kenny’s tender lead singing is actually the part of the song that you get to last because the hook grabs you so totally. The vocal arrangement of it is so intricate and specific in the emotion it conveys that you almost don’t hear the words. This is important because the lyrics are lyrical (again, as in poetry) and intimate more than they explain.