The world was shocked when a beefed-up Nick Jonas showed off his muscular body last summer. Now he's trying to surprise us again.
Forget the good-boy image. Forget the boy-band sound. On his new, self-titled album, Jonas hopes to prove his worth as a solo artist now the Jonas Brothers have officially broken up. The 22-year-old is rocking a grown-up R&B vibe, showing his maturity and vulnerability, and throwing in the occasional swear word.
The album gets off to a strong start with the catchy Chains, a song about being trapped in a relationship. This is followed by Jealous, on which Jonas displays his rugged vocals while singing about his current girlfriend.
But there's little that excites in the rest of the album. Ballad Push proves he can sing tenderly, but it's boring. His voice blends well with Demi Lovato's in Avalanche, but the music and lyrics are bland.
With influences from Prince and Stevie Wonder, Jonas has proved he has a new sound, but he's still no Justin Timberlake.
Contains strong language