NICK JONAS & THE ADMINISTRATION
Who I Am
As the most talented and ambitious Jonas Brother, Nick carries a lot of weight. Apparently he also carries a head full of ideas that needs cleared every 10 months or so. On Who I Am, a solo project with a group of session musicians called the Administration, Nick doesn’t stray far from JoBros themes of bad-love-turned-worse and the mean girls who make his life such hell. Never mind he’s only 17 and things will likely become totally unbearable once he settles down and gets married; as “State of Emergency” declares, love is a losing battle for the baby Jonas Brother. The Administration is a funkier bunch than Jonas’ siblings, so Who I Am boasts a more soulful sway than anything Nick has recorded before. And the album’s best songs — the snaky “Rose Garden,” the grown-up pop of the title track — push Jonas out of his familiar teen-pop territory. The ballads are still kinda soggy, but when JoBros eventually go their own ways, Nick should be just fine. As long as he stays away from those evil women. —Michael Gallucci
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