Lines, Vines and Trying Times

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Lines, Vines And Trying Times
Studio album by Jonas Brothers
Released June 16, 2009 (2009-06-16)
Recorded February–April 2009
Genre Pop rock
Length 47:54
Label Hollywood
Producer John Fields
Jonas Brothers chronology
Music from The 3D Concert Experience
(2009)
Lines, Vines and Trying Times
(2009)
Live: Walmart Soundcheck
(2009)
Singles from Lines, Vines and Trying Times
  1. "Paranoid"
    Released: May 12, 2009
  2. "Fly With Me"
    Released: June 9, 2009
  3. "Keep It Real"
    Released: September 8, 2009

Lines, Vines and Trying Times is the fourth and final studio album by the Jonas Brothers. It was released June 16, 2009 in the U.S. The album received mixed reviews from critics and fans. In its first week, the album sold 247,000 copies, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. It is their third and last album released under Hollywood Records and their last album released before their split on October 29, 2013.

Background[edit]

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nick Jonas explained the title, Lines, Vines and Trying Times as "a bit of poetry we came up with on the set for the TV show." On the meaning he stated, "Lines are something that someone feeds you, whether it's good or bad. Vines are the things that get in the way of the path that you're on, and trying times — well, obviously we're younger guys, but we're aware of what's going on in the world and we're trying to bring some light to it." He noted, "this new album for us, I wouldn’t say it’s a big jump, but it definitely is a progression in our music and a growth for us. It has a lot more kinds of horns and a lot more strings." Added Joe Jonas, "there’s more to the music rather than just a typical kind of relationship song."

In another interview, Nick Jonas explained that the album is "our journal in songs," mostly about "all things we've gone through, personal experiences we get inspiration from." He also added that "we've also been working on trying to use metaphors...to kind of mask a literal thing that happens to us." Kevin Jonas also added that "the overall message is its the same old Jonas Brothers, in a sense" and that they will be adding "different musical instruments that are going to add and build to the sound we already have." Musical influences for this album include Elvis Costello, The Zutons, Coldplay and Neil Diamond.[citation needed]

Promotion[edit]

The Jonas Brothers were promoting the album on their 2009 world tour which began on May 18, 2009 in Lima, Peru.[1] The track "Fly with Me" was featured during the end credits of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.[2] They've hosted three live web chats via Facebook (May 7, May 28 and June 4) to promote the album.[3][4] The brothers performed songs off the album for a Wal-Mart Soundcheck concert which was released on June 9, 2009.[5] They performed on Good Morning America on June 12, 2009 as part of GMA's Summer Concert Series.[6] Radio Disney premiered all the songs from the album over a period of four days between June 11 and June 14. The entire album premiered on June 16, 2009. On June 21, 2009, they co-hosted and performed at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards.[7] The Jonas Brothers appeared on various television programs to promote the album which included: Live with Regis & Kelly, Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Ellen and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[8] On August 9, 2009, they hosted the 2009 Teen Choice Awards along with performing "Much Better".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2.5/5 stars[10]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
Chicago Tribune 2/5 stars[12]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[13]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[14]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[15]
New York Daily News 2.5/5 stars[16]
No Ripcord 4/10 stars[17]
Popmatters 3/10 stars[18]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[19]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[20]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5 stars[21]

Reviews for the album were mixed, both from critics and fans saying that it was "premature". According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received mixed or average reviews, scoring 56 out of 100 points based on 11 reviews.[22] Allmusic named "overthinking and over-production" as the album's main flaws, and noted that the group's combination of "teen pop that skews adult in its sound and form" seemed effortless on their previous album, A Little Bit Longer, but felt that on Lines the "seams are showing."[23] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune claimed, "The rush to maturity is, well, premature," and added that "the strings and horns [...] only bog things down."[24] Entertainment Weekly criticized "Don't Charge Me for the Crime," calling it "the sonic equivalent of being held at gunpoint by a baby rabbit," but praised "Black Keys" as being the most honest track, adding that "its quiet brushstrokes of teenage despair easily transcend Lines' misdemeanor mutinies."[25] The New York Daily News criticized "World War III," saying, "it sounds like they just pulled a collective hernia."[26] [27]

Singles[edit]

"Paranoid"

"Paranoid" was released as the album's lead single on May 12, 2009. Hollywood Records confirmed on April 29, 2009 that the track "Paranoid" would be the album's official single. On May 7, 2009 the song debuted on Radio Disney. It was released as an official radio single on May 8, 2009 and as a digital download on May 12.[28] The music video was directed by Brendan Malloy and Tim Wheeler.[29] The music video for Paranoid premiered on May 23, 2009 on Disney Channel. Paranoid peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Fly With Me"

"Fly With Me" was released as a single on June 9, 2009. The song was first used during the end credits of the movie Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. A music video for the song premiered on Disney Channel on June 7, 2009.[30] To date, Fly with Me has peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the group's lower charting singles.

"Keep It Real"

"Keep It Real" was confirmed as a single via Twitter.[31] The music video for the song premiered on September 6, 2009. The song was first used during the JONAS episode "Keeping It Real". To date, the song has not charted. Critiques of the song have noted its strong similarities to Maxine Nightingale' 1975 recording Right Back Where We Started From.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "World War III"   Nick Jonas 3:13
2. "Paranoid"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Cathy Dennis 3:39
3. "Fly with Me"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Greg Garbowsky 3:54
4. "Poison Ivy"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, G. Garbowsky 4:09
5. "Hey Baby" (featuring Jonny Lang[32]) Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Michael B. Nelson 3:19
6. "Before the Storm" (featuring Miley Cyrus) Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Miley Cyrus 4:26
7. "What Did I Do to Your Heart"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas 3:17
8. "Much Better"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas 4:36
9. "Black Keys"   Nick Jonas 3:48
10. "Don't Charge Me for the Crime" (featuring Common) Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Ryan Liestman, Common 3:59
11. "Turn Right"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas 2:48
12. "Don't Speak"   Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, John Fields 3:55
13. "Keep It Real" (Bonus Track) Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas 2:51
Total length:
47:54
Limited Edition Fan Pack Bonus DVD[33][34]
  1. Exclusive Photo Shoot Video Montage
  2. Jonas Brothers Questions And Answers
  3. Jonas Brothers Talk You Through The Album
  • Music videos:
  1. Paranoid (Music Video)
  2. Paranoid (Making of the Video)
  3. Paranoid (Karaoke Version)
  4. Fly With Me (Music Video)
  5. Fly With Me (Karaoke Version)

Chart performance[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[35] 5 - -
Argentina Albums Chart[36] 3 Gold[37] 20,000+[37]
Austrian Albums Chart[35] 33 - -
Belgian Albums Chart[35] 16 - -
Brazil Top 10 CD ABPD[38] 5 Gold[39] 30,000[40]
Canadian Albums Chart[41] 1 Platinum 80,000[42]
Danish Albums Chart[35] 28 - -
Dutch Albums Chart[35] 21 - -
European Top 100 Albums 7 - -
Finnish Albums Chart[35] 15 - -
French Albums Chart[35] 17 - -
German Albums Chart [43] 56 - -
Irish Albums Chart[35] 6 - -
Italian FIMI Albums Chart[44] 8 Gold[45] 350,000
Mexican Albums Chart[35] 1 Gold[46] 40,000
New Zealand Albums Chart[35] 8 -
Norwegian Albums Chart[35] 2 - 109,000
Polish Albums Chart[47] 2 -
Portuguese Albums Chart[35] 3 - -
Spanish Albums Chart[35] 1 Gold
Swedish Albums Chart[35] 1 - 100,000
Swiss Albums Chart[35] 46 - 80,000
UK Albums Chart[35] 9 - -
U.S. Billboard 200[35] 1 640,000[48][49]
Venezuela Albums Chart[35] 1 Gold -

Release history[edit]

Region Date
The Netherlands, Italy, France, Poland, Greece, Austria, Spain, Estonia, and Ireland June 12, 2009
United Kingdom (selected), Portugal, Philippines and Mexico[50] June 15, 2009
United States, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia[50] June 16, 2009
Asia and Latin America[50] June 17, 2009
Australia and Oceania[50] June 19, 2009

Personnel[edit]

  • Strings on "Black Keys", "Don't Speak", "Fly with Me", and "Before the Storm" arranged and conducted by Steve Lu and performed by Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen, Radu Pieptea, Wes Precourt (violins), Caroline Buckman, Briana Bandy (violas), Richard Dodd and Matt Cooker (cellos). Horns on "Much Better" and "Hey Baby" arranged by Michael Nelson and performed by The Hornheads: Steve Strand (lead trumpet), Dave Jensen (trumpet), Michael Nelson (trombone), Kenni Holmen (tenor saxophone), Kathy Jensen (baritone saxophone). Horns on "Poison Ivy" arranged by Ken Chastain and performed by Matt Darling (trombone), Joe Mechtenberg (saxophone), Zack Lozier (trumpet). Horns on "World War III" arranged by Jerry Hey (trumpet), Gary Grant (trumpet), Dan Higgins (saxophone), Bill Reichenbach Jr. (trombone). Horns on "Keep It Real" arranged by Steve Lu and performed by Dan Fornero (trumpet), George Stanford (trombone), Brian Gallagher (saxophone). Common appears courtesy of GOOD Music/Geffen/Interscope Records.

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Preceded by
The E.N.D. by The Black Eyed Peas
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 4, 2009
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas
Canadian Albums Chart
June 22, 2009
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas