Nick Jonas : Spaceman Review
Nick Jonas is back with his fourth studio album called Spaceman. The American singer and songwriter released the album on March 12, 2021, through Island. This is the first solo release from the singer since Last Year Was Complicated (2016) and the first solo project to be released since the reunion of the Jonas Brothers in 2019. Spaceman orbits around an R&B leaning in contrast to the power-pop of his work with the Jonas Brothers. He enlisted the aid of producer Greg Kurstin for the eleven-track project. About Spaceman Jonas says, “So excited to start this journey with all of you. I made this album while doing what most of us have been doing this past year, sitting at home and hoping for better days ahead.” The album is split into four sections corresponding with the themes distance, indulgence, euphoria, and commitment. “Spaceman” falls under the distance category, along with tracks “Don’t Give Up On Us” and “Heights.” “Music has always connected the world and helped us to heal,” Jonas said on Twitter. “I hope this music helps you on your journey through space and time.”
“Don’t Give Up On Us” has a big pop-electronica beat that Jonas sings over. His singing is augmented by ample effects and harmonies, and doubling. The production is full, and each sound is well-conceived and richly textured. The lyrics are middle of the road and easy to follow and relate to and enjoy. The melody is catchy, with the chorus repeated enough to remember it throughout the day after one listen. “Don’t Give Up On Us” is a part of the first three tracks that explore distance, and in this case, the emotional toll of social isolation.
“Delicious” is a high point on the album; once tuned into, the funky beat is contagious. The multiple layers of synths and vocals keep things moving and fresh. Each section brings new surprises and is a genuinely fun listen. The influence of Prince overtones comes to mind and fits Jonas’ singing and projection like a glove. This is not deep, just a catchy tune to fill the airwaves.
Spaceman has moments, and multiple selections will positively grace the playlist, but the project is just flat overall. Jonas’ success has allowed him to have a team that creates impressive sounds around him and his vocal talents are apparent, but Spaceman plays like an artist in search of something lost in space vs. an artist on a focused trajectory.
March 12, 2021
Safehouse Records / Island Records