Music Review: “Jealous” (CD Single)

2014 has been a great year for new music! Artists such as Demi Lovato, Britt Nicole, and Owl City have announced that they’re recording and/or releasing new songs later this year. Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande have released their long-anticipated sophomore albums (X on June 25th and My Everything on August 22nd). And, like every year, there’s at least one former-Disney star trying to make it onto Top 40 radio.

Jealous” is the second single released by Nick Jonas, from his soon-to-be-released solo album (like, it’s being released in the next couple months). It’s a contemporary pop/R&B effort which showcases his impressive vocal abilities.

In a recent interview with Just Jared, Nick said: “Jealous [the song] was inspired by a feeling I think a lot of people have but are afraid to admit, especially guys. But just that thing of puffing your chest up every once and a while when someone looks at your girl while you’re with them. Not only is it disrespectful, but you feel like you’re ready to go. At the time I wrote and recorded it, I was in the middle of all the training for Kingdom, so I was really sort of hyped up on testosterone.”

He also revealed that the music video, which is coming out on September 16th, will feature a cameo appearance by his girlfriend, Olivia Culpo.

I know I said this about his debut single, Chains (which was actually a “set-up” or “buzz” single, like Hilary Duff’s comeback song “Chasing The Sun“), but I really like this song. A lot. In fact, whenever this song comes up on my iTunes fall playlist, I have to put it on repeat at least once. Every single time. I’VE NEVER DONE THAT WITH ANY OTHER SONG BEFORE!

Seriously though, I think this song is pretty good. Not only does it explore the R&B genre territory, but it also contains some 80’s-inspired influences. With lyrics like, “Cause you’re too sexy, beautiful / and everybody wants a taste / that’s why I still get jealous,” expect this song to stay stuck in your head even when the nearly four-minute track comes to an end.

Upon first listen, I instantly thought of artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, however, Nick makes the song his own. He’s certainly proving himself to be a capable solo artist now that the Jonas Brothers have peacefully parted ways. “Jealous” is an excellent release, showcasing an impressive voice, genre experimentation, crossover potential (It has been played on Top 40 radio stations many times already), and maturity.

Be prepared for this song to receive a ton of radio airplay and promotion on MTV/various other music channels. And stay tuned for my review on Nick’s debut solo album, which will be released on November 11th!

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Jealous

From the album Nick Jonas (coming November 11th)
Performed By: Nick Jonas
Release Date: September 8th 2014
Recorded: 2014
Genre: Pop / R&B
Written by: Nick Jonas
Nolan Lambroza
Simon Wilcox
Produced by: Sir Nolan Lambroza
Record Label: Island Records / Safehouse Records

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