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Track Review

The Jonas Brothers just released a new single.

Maybe you didn’t hear me: The. Jonas. Brothers. Are. Back.

So for all those who thought that Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas were done making music, think again. The trio’s last album dropped six years ago. Rumors swirled back then regarding the alleged reasons for their split. But whatever the reason, diehard fans are happy they’re at it again.

How happy? Happy enough to propel "Sucker" to a No. 1 debut—the highest charting single ever for these three siblings. The Jonas Brothers are also the first boy band to reach the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 16 years. And their infectious comeback track features a captivating pop vibe as each brother gets a chance to sing about the leading lady in his life.

Love Like a Spell

Nick opens the song with his signature falsetto, reminding his beloved that they’re perfect for one another (“We go together/Better than birds of a feather, you and me”) and that their chemistry is unmatched (“We change the weather, yeah/I'm feeling heat in December when you're 'round me”).

Joe reinforces those sentiments by promising he'll go wherever his love may be. Whether that’s “dancing on top of cars” or “stumbling out of bars” he will follow her “through the dark” because she is his everything: “You're the medicine and the pain, the tattoo inside my brain.”

And, obviously, he also admits, "I'm a sucker for you." Especially “all the subliminal things/No one knows about you." Joe also confesses that this love is so strong that it's made him "break my typical rules."

We Go Together Like …

The video for “Sucker” must have been a memorable experience, mostly because the brothers and their partners had the privilege of filming inside Queen Elizabeth I’s palatial childhood estate.

Various scenes give each brother and his partner a moment to shine. There’s Nick and his newlywed wife, actress Priyanka Chopra. Joe and his fiancée, actress Sophie Turner. And finally, Kevin and his wife of nearly a decade, Danielle Jonas.

We see all of them in an elaborate, Alice in Wonderland-like outfits as they play at the palace. We see them lounging in individual outdoor bathtubs (bubbles cover everything but shoulders); dining in the courtyard; trimming hedges; drinking wine and liquor; smoking cigarettes and dancing.

A few scenes include the wives in slightly revealing outfits, luring their husbands into the bedroom. And another scene shows Joe tied up by his fiancée while in a shirt and boxers. Oh, and there’s a shirtless male drummer in the background as the guys sing, sporting a crown.

Together Again

Issues inevitably arise when working closely with family for a long time. In an interview with James Corden on The Late, Late Show, the brothers opened up about their time in therapy to work through the issues that split them apart.

They also admitted that they hadn't actually planned to reunite as a band. That was the accidental byproduct of getting together to film an Amazon Studios documentary about the band's past and where each member is today. But something else happened.

“During that time, we started to realize there was a magic that we felt like we were missing,” Nick told Corden. “So the process was basically just, ‘Why don’t we give this another shot?' … We started playing a little music together and realized right away this is where we’re meant to be in our lives at this moment."

Apparently fans feel the same way. “Sucker” zoomed instantly to the top of the charts, and there’s rumor of an album on its way. And while this catchy love song isn't perfect—there's a bit of innuendo paired with some behavior on the video that isn't squeaky clean either—it nevertheless avoids the kinds of really explicit content and images so prevalent in pop music today.

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Debuted at No. 1.

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Warner Bros.




March 1, 2019

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Kristin Smith

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