Whoa, JoBros! Nobody wanted to bring up Taylor
Swift, but the best song on your new album vows, "I'm done with
superstars/And all the tears on her guitar." Snapness! JoMG BroMG! Not
only do the boys zap "Teardrops on My Guitar," the famous hit by Joe
Jonas' most famous ex, there's also "World War III" (about girls who
drop the bomb on you), "Paranoid" (rhymes with "consider me destroyed")
and "What Did I Do to Your Heart" ("All I ever get is attitude").
Clearly, the gods of love have harshed upon the Bros. Play this
back-to-back with Taylor's Fearless, and you get two sides of a teen romance for our times.
The boys continue to expand musically, making this their kickiest and catchiest CD yet, even better than last year's A Little Bit Longer.
"Much Better" is a superb bit of Motown-inspired moppet-funk, with some
very 1985 synth-horn blasts. (Producer John Fields has Andrew W.K. on
his résumé, but he seems to believe the peak of sonic perfection is
Huey Lewis' "The Power of Love.") They write their own tunes, showing
off the tricks they learned from their Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond
albums, trying U2-style rock, country and Eighties hair metal. But the
weirdest moment has to be "Don't Charge Me With the Crime," a
gangsta-rap tale with police sirens, machine guns and guest star
Common. Even if the Bros aren't having any luck handling girls, they do
better with guitars — and that just puts them in a long rock & roll