So I was sent a copy of the new JLS album , ‘Evolution’ (out November 5th), and was unashamedly excited to give it a spin. I can be a sucker for mainstream pop like anyone; after all, life’s too short, you know? And let’s not forget, a ton of artists that have been featured on this blog as ‘up and coming’ over the years are now huge all over world.
On their fourth album already, JLS have been one of the most successful X Factor acts, and their transformation into a fully fledged leading pop/RnB band has been pretty special. I’m not one to write massive reviews, so here’s a short sneak through the tracks as I heard them…
This record feels a whole lot more grown up from their previous three offerings, and has a sexy vibe around it, mixing in with those harmonies that only JLS can pull off. Opening track ‘Dessert’ eases you into the Timberlake-esque lead single ‘Hottest Girl In The World’, followed by the slick ‘Have Your Way’.
You’ve then got the airy sounding ‘Hold Me Down’, 90’s RnB throwback ‘I Like It’, and the subdued but clubby ‘All The Way’.
‘You Give Me Love’ is an epic pop song, ‘Don’t Know That’ has some pretty amazing riffs, and ‘Troublemaker’ has one of the catchiest choruses in Popville.
The album ends with your classic, over-the-top ballad ‘Gotta Try It’ (you can’t have a proper boyband album without one, right?)
So yeah, there you go. This is as solid as it gets from a pop boyband, and considering a lot of acts start to wain on their fourth albums, this is a really good mix of tracks. It’s out November 5th- check it JLS here.
It may seem strange to blog about JLS on here, but truth is I went to school with one of them (I’ll leave you to guess who), and he was one of the nicest kids that I had the pleasure of being friends with, so I’ll do my part in supporting them.
Not that they need much support- they’re huge (in every sense of the word).
They’re out with a new album, Evolution on November 5th, with lead single Hottest Girl In The World being ‘a sleek, modern club song and showing maturity and progression, which takes the group out of pop territory.’ Hottest Girl In The World will be premiered on UK radio on the 6th Sept.
Capital FM and some of the UK’s hottest artists are giving you the chance to pimp your facebook status.
Simply visit the Capital FM facebook page and enter your status. Once you’ve let the world know what’s on your mind, hit ‘Pimp My Status’ and Capital FM will give your status a cheeky makeover adding a exclusive video from your favourite artists alongside.
Missed out on tickets? Well don’t worry, Capital FM have launched a competition for you and three friends to win the ultimate VIP experience which includes VIP tickets to the ball, An exclusive backstage tour, a night in a 4* London hotel and a road trip to get you from door to door in style.
To enter the competition all you have to do is join the Road Trip and answer daily pop questions to move forward, answer incorrectly you get sent to the back. There will also be secret accelerator codes given out to let you jump forward in the trip. You can check out the competition (and join in!) here.