Music Review: “Area Code” (CD Single)

Nick Jonas is definitely making a name for himself as a solo artist.

Hot on the heels of his latest #1 hit, “Levels,” the 23-year-old singer/songwriter unexpectedly released a new track, “Area Code,” last month on SoundCloud. It is apparently the second single off his new album, expected to be released next year.

With that in mind, the official video for “Area Code” dropped this past week!

Various sources are describing the song and video as “intoxicating”… “sexy”… “dramatic”…

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! Yes, the video is definitely dramatic, for sure! But the song… don’t even get me started.

In this extremely short (only two-and-a-half minutes) track– seemingly a hybrid of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Meghan Trainor’s “3 am“– Nick talks about something that is very well-known in music today…

DRUNK-DIALING YOUR EX LATE AT NIGHT!

It’s a topic that has been expressed before in other songs. However, there’s just something about “Area Code” that gets on my nerves.

(Warning: Lots of comparisons to Drake are coming up next!)

1. This song is pretty much a remix of “Hotline Bling,” and I have never been a huge fan of Drake in the first place. (Once, I heard the previously-mentioned song on the radio, and without knowing it, I thought “Oh my God! Are they seriously playing Area Code on the radio already?!“)

2. Why the heck are there so many songs– in so many different genres– talking about alcohol?! Even country musicians are talking about “getting drunk on a plane”; the thought is slightly disturbing.

3. Two words: AUTO-TUNE. There are so many special effects in this song to the point where NICK ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE A ROBOT. Or he’s trying to sound like Drake.

I appreciate the fact that Nick is experimenting with a different genre/sound. But “Area Code” just isn’t my favorite song.

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Area Code

From the album TBA (coming 2016)
Performed By: Nick Jonas
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Recorded: 2015
Genre: Pop / R&B
Written by: Nick Jonas
Produced by: Nick Jonas
Record Label: Island Records / Safehouse Records

 

 

 

 

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