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Genre: R&B & Soul - Pop R&B / Artist: JLS / Audio CD released 2009-11-09 at Sony Music

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      13.04.2012 23:47

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      An average pop album

      I bought this album after hearing Beat Again, which I loved from the first time that I heard it.

      The album is what I would describe as a pop album with a touch of RnB. The album is enjoyable to listen to and I was
      already familiar with a few of the songs as they had already been released as singles, well two of them had and I had
      listened to some of the other songs online. The single Beat Again is a very catchy pop song with a great background beat.
      Everybody In Love is another pop song on the album that was released as a single but it's not one of my favourite songs on
      the album if i'm being honest. The song just doesn't do anything for me and it's a bit slow in places. The boys ALL have
      fantastic voices and this comes across in EVERY song. However, not many songs are as impressive as Beat Again and after
      hearing the album for the first time I was left feeling a little disappointed.

      The album can be a little samey after a few listens and a few songs towards the end of the album are a little weak and
      dreary. However, around 50% of the album is worth listening to and these songs make it enjoyable. Yes, it's a little
      frustrating to have to skip tracks but I did manage to pick the album up for a bargain price of £4.99 so I wasn't too
      fussed. I think I would have returned the album if I paid £10 for it.

      The album would appeal to the younger generation as it is very "poppy" and young. It definitely has a youthful feel to it.

      An average album in my opinion.

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      26.07.2010 00:22
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      runners up X Factor 2008

      I am not a teenage girl so i am luckily not over ridden with hormones and puberty to cloud my judgement! :)

      I did watch the X Factor, and they where alright on the show but what i think is shocking is the overlooking by many of their ability to sing. Lets face it Aston and Ortise can sing, and Marvin and JB can barely sing, watch their performances you'll see what i mean. They where good on the show and there is a gap in the market which they do fill.

      Despite being released a long time ago, this album failed to impress me in line with how many copies it has sold. I found Beat Again and Everybody In Love which i had already heard as great pop songs, very catchy and deserved hits. The same with One Shot which to be honest is the only reason i gave this album a shot. Keep You is nice enough really. I thought the chrosu for Crazy for You was nice. I was really impressed with Only Tonight, probably my best song by them by far. But everything else on this whole album is lacksture, dull and uninspired vocals, poor choruses and originality and lame lyrically and for them a group which is credited as being something different from the typical boybands is a disappointment.

      Lets face it, this sold a million copies and are adored by many much to my dismay. I like half this album, and the half is poor. Anyone who says those songs which i pointed out is good, is 80% probably a female who has feelings for them. If a female vocalist would be singing songs like this, they would be shredded with critics. They have marketed themselves extremely well, and even their faces i'm sorry they annoy me. I am sorry i can't stand them, i like 6 of their songs and credit the catchiness of those, but you can't have an album sell that many copies and half the stuff on it of poor standard.

      I heard this on Spotify so thankfully, i didn't line their pockets or over inflated egos any further.

      I will await judgement on a second album which hopefully should be an improvement given their improved budgets.

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        01.05.2010 11:05
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        Good to play before a night out

        JLS were the runners up in the 2008 version of the X Factor, coming second in line to Alexandra Burke. At the beginning of 2009 they signed with Epic Records, a branch of Sony Music and in late 2009 they released their first album, self titled JLS (which stands for Jack the Lad Swing).

        Their first song released off of the album was called Beat Again and it shot straight to number one in July 2009. I can completely understand why it went to number one, the start of the song has almost reggae beats and the lyrics are sung almost rapping and singing all at once.

        The start of the song is recognisable and most people I see in clubs are copying the dance moves along to the chorus of the song! The lyrics are inspiring and believable and although most boy bands do sing about love and women that have treated them badly, JLS have added a significant twist to the pop genre, giving a normal boy band song some much needed attitude. It almost defines a new version/generation of the generic boy band that most labels churn out.

        My favourite song by far is One Shot because it is soulful and begins slowly before launching into a dance/pop background with punchy lyrics overlaid on top. It is extremely catchy and you find yourself singing along with even meaning to, it is also really recognisable in clubs and other dance venues and always has people flooding to the dance floor. The lyrics are again believable and although they again talk about women and love, the distinctive twist is interlaced throughout the track making it stand out for all the right reasons.

        Much of the album is similar to what I have described above, it features catchy beats and lyrics that are easy to learn and follow and before long you are singing along without realising. I thought that I wouldn't like JLS as I thought they would just release one album that was mediocre and then disappear into obscurity but they have proved themselves to be well worthy of the number one singles as well as the numerous awards they won at the Brits. I look forward to their next album to see if they are able to continue their success.

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          10.04.2010 17:46
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          JLS

          **Introduction**

          It was during the fifth season of X Factor that JLS Came to the public's attention but they had been trying to establish themselves in the Music Industry since 2007. The group consists of Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes
          Jonathan "JB" Gill and Oritsé Williams. After reaching the final of The X Factor narrowly losing out to Alexandra Burke they signed a record deal with Epic Records after losing out on a deal with Simon Cowell's Syco.

          **Debut Album**

          Released on 9 November 2009 the self titled debut features three hit singles and contains production from well known producers such as Wayne Hector, Steve Mac as well as highly rated Danish producers Soulshock & Karlin. The album has sold over 1m copies worldwide and was a number one album in both UK & Irish charts and also charted as high as 8 in all of Europe. Most of the 13 tracks feature songwriting credits from at least one of JLS. With two half sisters aged 13 who are big fans of JLS I thought I'd at least give the album a listen.

          1 Beat Again
          2 Everybody In Love
          3 Keep You
          4 Crazy For You
          5 Heal This Heartbreak
          6 Close To You
          7 Only Tonight
          8 One Shot
          9 Private
          10 Don't Go
          11 Only Making Love
          12 Kickstart
          13 Tightrope

          **My View**

          1.) "Beat Again"

          We kick things off with the first single they released. It's an up tempo affair here with a catchy beat and some funky fresh electro sounds. This track was chosen late as the lead single instead of "Everybody in Love" which became the second release. "Beat Again" has a decent flow and the vocals are decent but I find that this track goes on a little bit and doesn't really develop as well as some of the album.

          2.) "Everybody In Love"

          From the first single I wasn't all that impressed with JLS after thinking they were all right in the X Factor. This track is one of those Pop songs that come along every so often that has huge mass appeal. Written by Wayne Hector, J.R. Rotem, Felicia Jensen and David D.A. Doman this track really gives the group a platform to let their vocals flow and The result is a very good pop/r&b track indeed. That chorus is so infectious!!!! and the way their vocal parts blend and flow is very good indeed.

          3.) "Keep You"

          This is a Synth-Pop track which has a decent flow and but lacks a little spark. The use of vocoder adds a different sound to their vocal harmonies and I feel that this is used a little too much in the track as it would be better if it was used less and more directed. This isn't a bad track but falls well short of their best work on the album.

          4.) "Crazy for you"

          This track starts softly but then the beat comes in with some nice piano and then the track find itself in full flow. This is a decent ballad that reminds me of what Westlife would be like if they could do decent Pop/r&b. This track shows another side to the vocals from each member and you have to listen more closely to recognise the vocal performer. A decent ballad.

          5.) "Heal this Heartbreak"

          This track opens gently and then features a thumping beat which reminds me of Neyo. This track has a very flowing nature and the vocals are well demonstrated here. This track has an Upbeat flavour and benefits from the more gentle parts which add a nice alternative. This is one of the better up tempo moments on the album.

          6.) "Close to You"

          This track opens with a firm beat and a gentle acoustic guitar part. This track is the longest of a short bunch at 3.50. The production comes from "Metrophonic" and is a little boring compared to their lively mid tempo ballads which bring out the best in them. This track is Not that bad just not great either.

          7.) "Only Tonight"

          Production comes from "Deekay" and this track is a catchy mid tempo track which finds their vocals to be a little off compared to when they really hit it. This is a flowing track but for me it has just too much popiness about it and that lessens the overall appeal too much. Again not a bad track but at the same time it's not one of their best.

          8.) "One Shot"

          Now this is another one which is very good. It starts with a lovely gentle keyboard part which leads into the vocals, The suprisingly up tempo hook comes in and you think this is going to be a dance track but it slows again and results in a very fine mid tempo ballad which has a great subject. This track is about having one last chance to save a relationship before it ends. Very well sung and a very good track. Great production from Soulshock & Karlin.

          9.) "Private"

          This is another up tempo dance pop/r&b track which has some catchy hooks and beats. The vocals are better than on the other similar tracks here and That makes for a better track. Although this track isn't as good as the likes of "Everybody in Love" and "One Shot" it's still a decent enough pop song to dance to.

          10.) "Don't Go"

          The catchy pop continues with this up tempo dance tinged track. The vocals are on form and even though the feel of the track is a little simple it's still a decent enough track to dance to and is a toe tapper. This is one of the "Metrophonic" produced tracks on the album.

          11.) "Only Making Love"

          I feel that this track is in the wrong style and would be more effective as a ballad. It is a decent mid tempo pop track but the subject would be more at home as a ballad. This is the penultimate Metrophonic produced track on the album and I find this one a little too one dimensional as a track.

          12.) "Kickstart"

          This is another up tempo dance pop track here and to be honest I am a little bored of these up tempo tracks as they pretty much sound a little too similar and offer far less than the best ballads from the album. Again this track is Not terrible just not great either.

          13.) "Tightrope"

          After complaining about the run of so so up tempo tracks they thankfully end with a very decent R&B pop ballad. I like the way that this track develops and "Metrophonic" provides their best contribution on the album with this one. This is a heartfelt ballad which means that at least the final track is a little memorable compared to the couple before.

          **Overall**

          The standout tracks are undoubtedly "Everybody in Love", "One Shot" and the closing "Tightrope". Given that there are too many so so tracks this album's star rating is bound to suffer and it does. I award this album three of five stars due to the lack of consistency and the fact that at least there are three very good songs on the album. JLS need to find more consistency if they are going to stick around as long as they want to. The talent is there but will the content be there??. We shall have to wait and see.

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            29.03.2010 12:06
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            JLS - JLS

            I heard a great joke about JLS recently - "so manufactured they should be called DFS!"

            It's true, they were manufactured, put together, groomed for success from the very beginning but who cares, they're fun, entertaining and a breath of fresh air so why shouldn't we like them.

            JLS are a boyband who came to fame by coming runners-up in the fifth series of ITV reality talent show The X Factor in 2008. They eventually lost out to Alexandra Burke. The group consists of four guys, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan "JB" Gill, and Oritsé Williams. Apparently, according to an article I read, JLS is an initialism of Jack the Lad Swing!

            I watched them during the X-Factor season and really grew to like them. They work very well as a foursome, their voices I think blend well together and they are hot dancers. Yes, probably most of their music/routine is based around their dancing which adds a bit of fun and excitement to their act but their songs are also catchy and fun too.

            After spending the weekend with my 13 year old niece (JLS's perfect target audience!) who had just been to one of their concerts I got to listen to their album constantly and have to admit (is it ok to admit to this if you are in your thirties?) that it is really good! In the beginning I really only knew the two hits that they have released so far, "Beat Again" their debut track which went to number-one in the UK Singles Chart on 19 July 2009, and their second single "Everybody in Love", which was released on 2 November 2009 and which also topped the UK Singles Chart. Everybody in love is great and my favourite track, I think in all of their songs they rely on a lot of repetition and catchy lyrics but the tune is good and they sing it well.

            Their first album is also called JLS and was released in the United Kingdom on 9 November 2009. It debuted at #1 on the UK and Ireland Album Charts so obviously other people feel the same about it as me. What I like about this CD is that they have written quite a lot of the tracks themselves and so are establishing themselves as quite credible artists, even if they are giving the teenagers exactly what kind of music they like.

            The rest of the tracks on the album are as follows:

            1. "Beat Again"


            2. "Everybody in Love"


            3. "Keep You"


            4. "Crazy for You"


            5. "Heal This Heartbreak"


            6. "Close to You"


            7. "Only Tonight"


            8. "One Shot"


            9. "Private"


            10. "Don't Go"


            11. "Only Making Love"


            12. "Kickstart"


            13. "Tightrope"

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              28.02.2010 23:20
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              Could you be one of the people who likes this CD?

              JLS, (Jack the Lad Swing) are a British boy-band, who were runners up in a close battle to the finish behind Alexandra Burke on the X-Factor. The band consists of:
              Aston Merrygold
              Marvin Humes
              Jonathan "JB" Gill
              Oritsé Williams

              I still remember JLS from the X-Factor last year and I wasn't a big fan of them. But then they started doing very main stream songs which had a good beat.

              This is their latest single and I can easily see it going straight to the top of the charts. The songs are:
              Beat Again - Radio Edit
              Everybody In Love
              Keep You
              Crazy For You
              Heal This Heartbreak
              Close To You
              Only Tonight
              One Shot
              Private
              Don't Go
              Only Making Love
              Kickstart
              Tightrope

              Beat Again - Radio Edit; This was JLS's first single ever released after X-Factor and went straight to the top of the charts. One of the reasons for this is because of their fame from X-Factor, and the other reason is because it is a very catchy song. It is a bit cheesy but still good. The song is about how a break up affects a man and how he can't live without the girl. It has a good beat to it and some lyrics are good. I think almost everyone in the UK should know most of the lyrics to this song. When it was first released, it was played on the radios non-stop and this took JLS to stardom.

              Everybody In Love; This was their second ever single released and once again, it went to the top of the charts. This is the song that made me start listening to a few of their songs. The chorus is very good with amazing vocals singing amazing lyrics. The song is about how much the person you love means to you. Many people will be able to relate to this and it is no wonder how this is such a popular song. A must listen.

              Keep You; The beginning of this song comes in very quickly, which is not a bad thing, but not a good thing. This song has not been released as a single, because I do not think it is as "mainstream" as the other two above. I think it is a very good song though. It has a dance beat backing. The song is about how good he and a girl could be together without hurting her like her last boyfriend. The song is sung with great feeling.

              Crazy For You; Once again, this song was not released as a single. The beginning of the song is very good because there is not much music and as the song goes on, it builds up. The song is about how even if you argue with the one you love, you know you will end up forgiving them because you love them so much. The chorus in this song is a bit of a let down because it goes dull when it gets there. Overall, I think this song is a bit boring.

              Heal This Heartbreak; Not released as a single again. The beginning of the song starts off with a bit of acoustic guitar, which is different to their songs above. Then a beat comes in and a dance track, which wrecks it a bit. The song is about a girl suddenly leave a boy. It's not a great song really. The beginning is good, but once again, the chorus wrecks the song. Their voices sound a bit stretched.

              Close To You; Not released as a single. The beginning of the song sounds like a classic old boy band song, which is good. Also, the song vocals are very good. The lyrics are very good. I think they should release this song as a single just because of the amazing lyrics and amazing voices. It is about how no one can come close to the girl he loves, she is one in a million. A lot of people will be able to relate to this song if they are in a relationship. I would defiantly recommend this song to anyone. A very calm song.

              Only Tonight; Not released as a single. This song is about how a boy wants to stay with a girl for just one night. It doesn't sound that great. It sounds a bit like the rest of the dance songs JLS has done, but a bit worse.

              One Shot; Their latest single, which was a very good choice. The song starts a little bit depressing with a piano playing but with very good pure lyrics. Then it breaks into a dance track. The song is about how you should take all the chances you get because other wise you might miss out and never know what could have happened. It has good advice in the song.

              Private; Not released as a single again. It starts off with the sound of a coin dropping and a different sort of dance track playing. I'm not sure if I like this song, it's about secrets. It has cheesy lyrics and rhymes.

              Don't Go; Not released as a single. It has a different intro again. The song is about how he doesn't want his girlfriend to go because there relationship still has something left in it.

              Only Making Love; Not released as a single. The beat does not match the backing of the song so it sounds like one big mess and it is just not good. The song is about how when something goes wrong with you and your love life and your partner goes and leaves you, you can't say anything so you make something up to try and sound better. The girl was playing games with him.

              Kickstart; Not released as a single again. It is about how in the past he would have done anything for this girl and now he doesn't want anything to do with her. I like this song I think because of the good beat. It almost makes up for the other less pleasing songs on the track. I think they should release this as a single and see how it goes. Well worth a listen!

              Tightrope; Not released as a single. The final song on the CD and it was a good choice but it is a bit of a depressing song for a final song because most other CD's choice to have a happy song as a final song, but I think it is a good different. It is a very calm song and it is one of those songs where you would sway your arms in your air or lye on your lover and close your arms in peace, even though it is meant to be an upsetting song. It is about how a girl is leading a boy on and he think she knows it but he can't help but falling for her.

              I think this CD is OK but not the best. There are about 5 or 6 songs out of 13 which are good, the rest are average or just plain bad. If you like dance music or R&B or Soul music, this CD is for you! Personally, I'm not sure I would pay for it but I know a lot of people who would, you could be one for these people!

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                21.02.2010 12:38
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                Debut album from JLS

                Released in November 2009 this is the debut album from Xfactor 2008's runners up JLS. Brit award winners at this year's ceremony they have certainly made an impact and this offering from the 4 piece group has proved to be popular already achieving platinum selling status and reaching number 1 in the album charts.

                There are 13 tracks on the album which are:

                Beat Again
                Everybody in Love
                Keep You
                Crazy for You
                Heal the Heartbreak
                Close to You
                Only Tonight
                One Shot
                Private
                Don't Go
                Only Making Love
                Kickstart
                Tightrope

                The songs are heavily influenced by R&B, Pop and Hip Hop and the two lead singles Beat Again and Everybody in Love were both big sellers. Opening the album with the two singles sets the mood and pace for what is to come and hook you in from the start. There is a mixture of radio-friendly love songs and Infectious, catchy upbeat tunes that firmly implant themselves into your head and you can't help but sing along to them.

                For me the album starts off great but stalls towards the end with some sentimental, schmaltzy songs that sound very 'Americanized' and could have come from 'The Backstreet Boys' or N*Synch in their early days. It's the usual mix of killers and fillers with standout tracks for me including the two lead singles, 'One Shot', 'Close to You' and 'Only Tonight'.

                The album will appeal to many people especially teenage girls thanks to the clever marketing and promotion the group have benefitted from, they were hugely popular on the Xfactor and actually prove that you don't have to win the competition to become successful.

                I bought this album for my wife at Christmas and it does get a regular play in our home, she was a fan of JLS on the television show and loves this album. Me? I like it, there are some songs that really standout for me whereas the rest kind of blend in to one another. 'Generic' would just about sum it up for me, there is nothing terrible about the album, and huge fans of the group will love it that's for sure.

                It is certainly a safe debut album that builds on the group's strong vocal harmonies, cheeky personalities and likeability factor, it's not groundbreaking or offers listeners anything new but overall I do enjoy some of the songs on it and find myself singing along.

                If you have seen any of the groups promotional performances you will have an idea of what the album holds in store and fans will have no doubt already bought it when it was released. I would recommend the album to any casual listeners out there, at £8.98 on Amazon but cheaper if you shop around it isn't a large amount of money to invest in a 13 track CD and you will certainly get your money's worth out of it and there are songs that will definitely attract your attention.

                In conclusion this is a decent debut offering some great songs amongst some throwaway tracks and from me rates a good 3/5 dooyoo stars. Recommended. Thanks for reading my review.

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                  09.02.2010 18:18
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                  If you like JLS's other/ previous songs, then you will like this!

                  After hearing JLS perform on the x factor, and listening to "beat again" i purchased there album the day it was released. I was expecting it to be quite average, but is is definatly not! The songs are a mixture of pop and r&b. I could not fault one song on this album, i would definatly recomend listening to "close to you", "one shot", "private" and "tightrope". Many of the songs are really catchy, ending up sticking i your head. Some of the songs are a bit repetitive, but very easy to pick up and sing along to. You get thirteen amazing songs on this album, and you hear a lot more from the other three members, instead of aston taking the lead vocal quite a lot. You have to give some of the songs a chance to get going, before turning over, as sometimes they take a while to get into the really catchy/ good parts. Overall, i would definatly recomend that you buy this album if your into pop or r&b music.

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                  worth while buying if you are a fan

                  JLS - Album

                  JLS got to be a well-known band through being finalists in the X factor. I have to admit I like them a lot better than the actual winners. They are a typical clean-cut boy band and their music reflects this image. So be prepared for lots of love songs! I am going to review their album and rate each track out of 5.

                  1. Beat Again (3.19) 5/5

                  This is why I bought album I love this song. It has a quirky beat, which sort of sounds like a heart beating and it gets you singing along to the beat. It is about how they are so broken that they are not with their girl anymore that their heart isn't going to beat again and its killing them. Even though it sounds rather gloomy the song is rather upbeat, light-hearted and quite fun.

                  2. Everybody in Love (3.16) 5/5

                  This song is introduced in a rather computerised way with a computerised voice saying JLS. Then you can hear the band playing better in the background with the piano and drums it gives it a nice dreamy feel to it and it is very relaxing to listen to. It is slightly slower than the first track but it's something you could dance to. You will find yourself in the chorus (it says 'everybody in love put your hands up') putting your hands up or your head moving to the beat. You can hear the boys singing and they are good singers so they get to show this off in this song. It is a catchy song and the more you listen to it the more you will like it. Obviously the song is about being in love, as you would assume from the title of the track.

                  3. Keep You (3.01) 2/5

                  The start of this song sounds like their voices are distorted badly and sounds computerised most of the way through. The beat is very fast and most of the song sounds the same to be honest as the tone sounds the same the whole way through. It isn't one of their stronger songs to be honest. It is about a girl who has been hurt before and how he is going to do whatever to keep her. I would tend to miss this song if I were listening to the album.

                  4. Crazy for You (3.37) 3/5

                  It has been slowed down for this song and the boy's voices are back to normal, which I am glad of. All their voices blend together so well and sound so smooth. There isn't much going on in the background just a soft beat and you can hear the orchestra playing softly. It is a typical boy band song and isn't very original but it is a good song to chill out to. The song is about being crazy in love even though they fight sometimes.

                  5. Heal This Heartbreak (3.45) 1/5

                  You can hear the guitar playing from the very start of this song. The song starts off slow and then gets faster as it progresses with a beat, which will get you tapping your feet to. Most of the song is sang in high-pitched notes, which can get irritating. I find that it makes doesn't relax me so I find myself turning it over. It is rather repetitive and is about not knowing how to heal the heartbreak of a break-up.

                  6. Close to You (3.51) 4/5

                  Instantly once I turn to this song I like it lots better than the last one. It opens with the guitar playing and once it gets to the chorus it's very soft and the orchestra is playing making it nice to listen to. The song is about being all around the world but it doesn't matter where they go they still love this girl the most. The chorus is very catchy and you will find yourself singing along.

                  7. Only Tonight (3.39) 5/5

                  It's a faster, funkier song, which always gets me dancing to the beat. The beat sounds computerised but it is something different. This song really grows on you the first time I heard it I didn't like it very much but the more I listen the more I like it. The song is about not wanting a girl to go and they want her to give them a chance.

                  8. One Shot (3.48) 3/5

                  This song could be considered as their faster one, which has a fast dance beat in certain parts but then it slows down again. So you get slightly confused as whether to dance or not. It is about only getting one shot at impressing a girl who they love.

                  9. Private (3.14) 4/5

                  Another funky beat for this song and will get you moving about. The song is about keeping a relationship quite and private so everybody doesn't know his or her business. It is an easy listening song and you will find yourself singing along to the chorus.

                  10. Don't Go (2.53) 3/5

                  An easy listening song but its nothing different and sounds like every other boy band song. It's very average and typical for a boy band to sing. It is about not wanting a girl to go and its not over. To me this song is really an album filler.

                  11. Only Making Love (3.47) 4/5

                  I like this song and sounds edgy from the start. The song builds up nicely to the chorus, which has a computerised vibe to it and gets your attention. It is about a girl just using a boy and they are disappointed about this. It is one of them songs which you enjoy singing along to.

                  12. Kickstart (3.11) 2/5

                  The orchestra opens up with the violin's playing making it sound serious. Then the song speeds up with the beat kicking it. It is about a girl trying to cause drama and they want her to leave them alone. It sounds like a dramatic song and to be honest its not very memorable. Its what I think is another album filler and doesn't really show off the talents of the band very well.

                  13. Tightrope (3.26) 3/5

                  For the last song all is slowed down with the orchestra playing. It is about a boy not knowing what's happening in a relationship. It is a relaxing song but it's not really anything different.

                  **OVERALL**

                  This album has got some really good songs on it but some weak ones as well. It's really a mixed bag to be honest. I would advise people to really only buy this album if they were JLS fans as unless you like their style you wont like the album. It definitely is a boy band album! It costs £8.68 on Amazon for this album, which is good enough value if you like the band as you get 13 songs.

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                    JLS prove they can sing, but they need to kick it up a notch for the next album.

                    I'm almost 30 years old and not ashamed to say I'm a JLS fan! I purchased this album almost as soon as it came out, being a big fan of them from the X Factor. The album in general is okay, I have some mixed feelings about some of the songs...but all in all, not a bad attempt at a debut album. (My husband, however, heard the songs, and thought they were rubbish apart from Beat Again!)

                    The whole album has a bit of a 90's R&B/pop feeling to it, trying to emulate bands like Jodeci and other R&B greats from that time, thus they achieve putting out music which is different to what's out at the moment (as its already been heard, but is now updated for the new generation and branded as Jack the Lad Swing).

                    This album seems to be have been well tailored to their audience who are mostly teen girls who don't have many good boy bands to follow at the moment. Lyrics generally profess obsessive love typical of teens, and the melodies are generally soft and chilled out, good to have on in the background, with a few tunes that make you perk up.

                    Beat Again is the opening song on the album, and almost certainly the best. This is the song that proved them to be unconcerned about not winning the X Factor as this was a super success. I still don't get bored of this song.

                    2nd song on the album, is Everybody in Love, which I didn't like initially, but after hearing it a number of times, you start getting to like it. Melodious and a little more chilled out than Beat Again, it's not a bad 2nd single to release. Very catchy chorus!

                    Keep You and Crazy for You, (#3 & #4) are pretty average. The ones I tend to skip. If I can't be bothered skipping, then they're not too bad to endure.

                    Heal This Heartbreak (#5) is upbeat with a darker undertone taken for the singing, with a 90's dancebeat in the background. Nothing to get excited about though.

                    Close To You (#6) is a nice chilled out melody, probably will be a favourite for the teen girls.

                    Only Tonight (#7) is one of my favourites from the album (one of the ones I skip to!). Melodious with great vocals and a good beat. I wish they had released this after Beat Again....I think you can tell they enjoyed singing this, as they seem to feel the lyrics whilst singing, rather than the half-hearted attempts to sing on some of the other songs. I love, love, love this song!

                    One Shot (#8) is release number 3 from the album. Not bad, and I think there were better songs they could have released. However, they probably thought it was relevant to release as the song sort of refers to how you only usually have one shot to make an impression so to make the most of it, which is kind of how they became famous.

                    Private (#9) on the album, is pretty good and catches your attention. Reminds you a little of the style of Beat Again.

                    Don't Go (#10) is a favourite from the album. Great to play loud...I find myself singing this sometimes even when the song isn't playing!

                    Only Making Love (#11) is probably the worst song on the album. Lifeless, boring and very average. Terrible chorus too.

                    Kickstart (#12), salvages some of the damage caused by the last song. Great chorus and beat.

                    Tightrope, #13 and last song on the album, winds down with a nice slow melody.

                    I don't regret this purchase, as its a good general album to listen to, but I doubt this will rank in the halls of fame as the best debut album out there.

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                    JLS Debut Album!

                    I remember watching the X Factor last year , and being a bit of a fan of JLS , although Alexandra was my favourite. So when they released their debut single 'Beat Again' , I couldn't wait to hear their album.

                    JLS , the album , is the debut album from JLS , released in the United Kingdom on 9th November 2009. The album comes under the pop and R n B genres. There are thirteen tracks on the album and the length of it is just a few seconds under forty five minutes. JLS is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £8.98.

                    I will now give a brief review on some of the songs on the album.

                    * Beat Again *
                    I'm sure you've all heard this one ; well you should have , it was number one for a few weeks!

                    * Close To You *
                    This song has such a gentle feel to it , and combined with the guys' smooth vocals , it comes across as really chilled out and romantic.

                    * Keep You *
                    An upbeat dancy track which will get you up and dancing. The song is so cheesy yet has a really pleasant melody.

                    * Only Tonight *
                    I really liked this song , and the harmonies on it showed how well the guys can sing , and how well their voices blend together to make a pleasant sound


                    It's hard to say whether or not I liked this album as there are some songs that I like on here , whereas there are some that I dislike too , although I'm sure that this ensures that there is at least something everyone will like. However , the negatives kind of outweighed the positives , although it it a good attempt for a debut album.

                    I like how JLS have brought back the whole 'boyband thing'. The charts in the 1990's and early 2000's were full of 'dancing boybands' but over the last few years , they have seem to evaporated into thin air. At the time , I guess I was kind of glad as it seemed really cheesy back in the days , but now that JLS have brought it back , it makes me think how great the whole boyband thing was , and even made me realise that I missed it.....a little bit. Their stuff kind of reminds me of Justin Timberlake when he was in his 'Cry Me A River' days!

                    One thing which I didn't like about the songs were the lyrics ; to me they sounded far too cheesy and I think that maybe they were playing on the whole 'we're sweet guys' kind of thing , just so that their girl fans will swoon over them even more.

                    I would recommend this CD to fans of JLS , although if you aren't really a fan of the boys , but liked Beat Again , don't be fooled ; Beat Again was ace , but there's isn't that much that reaches the standard of the debut single. I think young teenage girls especially would like this , and so it would make a perfect stocking filler for Christmas!

                    Thanks for reading!
                    December 21st 2009
                    xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on CIAO under xdonzx)

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                    JLS Debut Album

                    I have been meaning to download this album since it first came out and for some reason I kept putting it off but last night I finally got round to doing it and have been listening to it throughout the day today. I loved JLS' first two single's and I even voted for them to win the X-Factor last year so I was very happy when I heard they were releasing an album. Usually Im not a big fan of these "reality stars" but for some reason I really like JLS' music style and think they could become and should become a massive, successfull group.

                    Some Tracks From The Album + My Opinions:

                    Beat Again:
                    Everyone has probably heard this song by now! It was the first single that JLS released after coming 2nd on TV show X-Factor. It is an incredibly catchy song with an even catchier chorus that just seems to stick in your head and will have you tapping your feet along to it. In typical RnB style this fits the boy's image perfectly and was a great first single choice. 5/5

                    Their Telling Me That My Heart Wont Beat Again

                    Everybody In Love:
                    This again is a JLS song that pretty much everyone will have heard. They released this song as the second single from the album and it went down a storm! Perfect catchy pop/RnB tune that they did really well singing and added some of their own unique music style to the song which I enjoyed. A great track from the album & I can see why so many other people really like it as well. 5/5

                    Every Minutes Like An Hour, Every Hours Like A Day, Everyday Lasts Forever, But What Else Am I Gonna Do? Id Wait Forever & A Day For You

                    Keep You:
                    This is a song of two halves half upbeat RnB that we are used to from this band but it has a softer slow edge to it. Another fabulous song but it does feel a lot like everybody else's music and doesnt really have any of that unique style that I know I really liked. It is a good track though and Im sure most people will really enjoy it :) 3.5/5

                    He's Not A Healer, He's A Pain ....... Like A Cloud Baby, He's The Rain

                    Only Tonight:
                    I didnt rate this song at all. It was clear that the boy's had really tried hard and I cant fault them vocal wise but I dont think this song and the type of song suited them at all. We like their catchy pop tunes and this seemed like a million miles away from that. The song picks up a bit when it hits the chorus but not enough to make this a good track. 1.5/5

                    Dont Tell Me All This Time, That You Werent Mine, And I Meant Nothing

                    Only Making Love:
                    I really didnt like this song either. It seems towards the end of the album JLS decided to stray away from the music they are good at singing and try and branch out into other genre's and Im afraid their gamble simply didnt pay off. This is not a good song at all but again the vocals sound pretty great.

                    I Aint Gonna Scream & Shout, Just Gonna Walk Right Out, Even Though My Heart Feels Like Breaking

                    Close To You:
                    This really sounded like a song I have heard before but I cant put my finger on it but the backing track is more or less exactly the same. Again I didnt really like the song, it just simply didnt appeal to me and by thsi time I was getting more and more disappointed with this album by the second. These songs I dont think are right for this particular band. 1.5/5

                    You Know I've Been To Many Different Places, And I've Seen So Many Pretty Faces, But Baby, No One Ever Comes Close To You

                    Kickstart:
                    I actually suprising enjoyed this song. It more of an upbeat feel to it and was in the style of their first two songs which were and still are very successful. I was surprised to find I liked this song after being disappointed with the most part of this album. This track is incredibly catchy and in the typical pop style we associate with JLS. Im sure this song will be released as a single and it will be wildly successful.

                    So Why You Wanna Kickstart The Drama?, Now Dont You Know You Cant Break Through My Armour

                    Other Album Tracks Are: Crazy For You, Heal This Heartbreak, One Shot, Private, Dont Go & Tightrope.

                    Skip To: Everybody In Love, Beat Again & Kickstart
                    Skip Past: Pretty Much Every Other Track!

                    Overall Opinion:
                    I loved JLS on the X-Factor last year and honestly thought they should have won and I was eagerly waiting for the release of their album. And now I have listened to it I am SO disappointed there are about 3 or 4 decent tracks but apart from that the album is for me a flop. The few songs I did like I will be listening to again and I do suggest others take a listen as well, the rest however I personally wouldnt bother with. I really wanted to like this album as much as I like the band but unfortunatley I didnt. I think album would be a perfect present for a young girl/teenager because all young girls I know seem to LOVE JLS so I think tehy would really appreciate this so younger sisters, daughters anyone who's young I think this would be a perfect present for.

                    I do recommend the songs I mentioned above but other than that dont waste your time :)

                    You can get this album from amazon.co.uk for £8.98 (P&P not included)

                    Thanks For Reading

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                      Need to improve upon this for their next album

                      So JlS showed the benefits of finishing second in the X Factor, and how far it is possible to come within one year. They have been on every show out there promoting their singles and this album and it looks to have paid off with them so far having achieved No1 status on both this album, and both their singles released so far.

                      A friend of mine had this album, so I checked it out, so bare in mind this is just based on a first listen to most of the tracks, and hence I do know that their are always tracks that grow on you, so will bare that in mind when rating this album.

                      The main two tracks so far are Beat Again and Everybody In Love. Now whilst Everybody in Love is a better track, it is much more pop, and I get the feeling that if it was up to the guys themselves they would rather do more R&B beats similar to Beat Again, however I am sure their record label knows what sells and hence it looks like they are going to be primarily a pop group, and not more more towards the likes of B2k etc.

                      It seems to be that they do all work well in the group, and do have good voices, but it would help if they didnt mime when they performed their lives shows. I think every version of Beat Again I saw they were miming, ok I know they saw that they are dancing at the same time, however if they wanted to be taken as seriously as the likes of Chris Brown, Usher in terms of really making it big, they are going to need to change this and quick. They showed on X Factor that they are capable singers, well mainly Aston to be on honest, as the others barely got a chance to sing, although from the audition stage it was clear that Oritse could sing and that Marvin was good enough for a group singer as well. JB probabaly didnt sing at all through any of the X Factor and he does get his change at odd moments throughout this album to prove he can sing and in fact he does have a great tone to his voice.

                      Apart from the two tracks mentioned above I would say the other main highlights are Close To You and Only Tonight. Close To You though is quite blatantly a copy of Chris Brown's With you. I guess all tracks these days are a copy in some way or form, so this isnt really a bad point, but just something I thought worth mentioning that takes away their originality somewhat.

                      The other tracks on this album don't quite cut it for me, but I can see the girls up to the age of 16 all loving this album, and I guess they would with 4 decent looking guys making decent music. However I do think they are lucky that their is no other singing dancing group out there at the moment. All the groups out there right now like Take That, West Life etc, don't do any dancing, and are much older. They are young, stylish and are the only group like this. Lets make it clear though that they are going to struggle to crack America unless they can get some features from some big American artists like Timbaland etc helping them produce beats and take them down the right channels.

                      Overall this is a decent debut, and it looks like they will be around for a while longer. However success is only determined through consistency and JLS have a long way to go yet.

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                        ***ABOUT JLS***
                        JLS appeared on the X Factor last year and although they didn't win they got a record contract with Epic records and have since released 2 singles which have both reached number one. Their first album was released a few weeks ago and is called 'JLS'. The band features 4 male members which include Marvin, JB, Aston and Oritse. JLS are only the second non-winning X Factor contestants to achieve a number one single.

                        ***THE ALBUM***
                        This album is available to buy from HMV, Amazon, Supermarkets and other shops such as WHSmith and Virgin. I got this album from HMV which cost me £9.99, but I was told afterwards that Sainsbury's actually have it on sale for £7 so it's well worth checking their first seeing as HMV don't do refunds on goods purchased there!

                        The album has a total of 13 songs', two of which have been their number 1 single's which include 'Beat Again' and 'Everybody in Love'. With the CD you also get a small booklet inside which includes lyrics to each song and a few pictures of the group in the book as well.

                        Beat Again - This song was JLS first single and reached number 1 in the charts. This song has a strong beat to the music and I find the song quite catchy. The song talks about losing someone (I presume a girlfriend) and that you both should get back together. This song has a catchy chorus and I often find myself singing along to it when it comes on the radio.

                        Everybody In Love - This is JLS most recent single and again it reached number 1 in the charts. This song is a lot slower than their first song and it talks about missing someone and being in love. It also talks about needing someone and not knowing what to do when that special person is gone. This is my favourite song on the album as it has great lyrics and the chorus is also very catchy as well.

                        Keep You - The song lyrics are about a guy hurting a girl, and cheating and lying to them. It also states in the chorus that they will always be there for you. This song is quite fast and is more upbeat. This has a great chorus which talks about trust bring broken in two. Although this song sounds sad it's a great up-beat song and again very catchy too.

                        Crazy For You - This song is about 2 people having a fight and wishing they had never said the things they had to each other. It also states in the song about tears and fighting. This song is quite slow to start off with but picks up a bit when it comes to the chorus.

                        Heal This Heartbreak - This song is again about a girl leaving and the guy seeing her when he closes his eyes and keep's imagining her around him still all the time. The chorus talks about not knowing how to heal his heart-break. This is a slow song again but does pick up after the first verse and the chorus is quite fast and catchy.

                        Only Tonight - From reading the lyrics to this song it's about a girl leaving again and the guy saying that he needs her in his life and that she loves him like no-one else. This song starts off with a strong guitar right from the beginning and is more upbeat that most of the other songs on the album so far. This is another favourite song of mine on the album. It has great lyrics and a nice catchy tune as well.

                        One Shot - This song talks about a special girl who this guy really likes and trying to pluck up the courage to talk to her and ask her out, as you only get one shot in life. It also talks about how you may never get the chance to do it again. This song is quite slow but speeds up as it builds's up to the chorus. I really like the chorus to this song.

                        Private - This song is about keeping things between 2 people (him and her) and saying that you can't have love if there isn't any trust. It talks about how they should keep things private see if they can keep it a secret. This song has a strong beat right from the beginning of the song with nice lyrics and backing. This is one of the most up-beat songs on the album through-out the song.

                        Don't Go - This song talks about someone (a girl) leaving and begging you not to go. They feel lonely and want to tell you that it's not over and telling you not to go. This song starts off with very up-beat music and then goes into the first verse which is faster than most of the other songs on the album.

                        Only Making Love - The song lyrics are about a girl playing games with the guy's feelings and saying that she has taken so much out of him that his heart feels like its breaking. It also states that she took the best things out of him but in time he will heal. This song is quite fast and I'm not too keen on it. When it gets to the chorus it slows down slightly, but I think this is the weakest song on the album.

                        Kickstart - This song talks about wanting someone to leave you alone and that you can't break through the armour they are wearing. It also talks about it being your fault that things got messed up and that it's your fault. It also states at the end of the song that now it's your turn to feel invisible and have your calls ignored. This song has a strong beat through-out the song right from the beginning. As it gets to the chorus the music gets even more up-beat and again is quite catchy.

                        Tightrope - The song lyrics are about someone falling for a girl and that they keep falling at her feet. It also talks about the girl confusing him and that he need's stability. As soon as this song starts you can tell it's going to be quite slow. You can really hear the guitar as the music starts. The singing in this is really gentle and it's a lovely song with a fantastic catchy chorus.


                        ***OVERALL OPINION***
                        I'm guessing this album is more for the ladies rather than the guys. Some of the lyrics are quite soppy and slow and I know of one person who wouldn't even go buy this for their girlfriend's Christmas present because they were too embarrassed. I do how-ever think it's a great album with some fantastic songs on it. These guy's aren't your normal typical boy-band and I think they are great singers/ I've always liked them on the x factor anyway and think they deserve to do well and follow their dream.


                        (review also on ciao)

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                          JLS's debut album

                          The British boy band JLS, famed for their participation on the 2008 series of X-Factor, dropped their debut album in 2009. Self-entitled, it features members Aston, JB, Marvin and Ortisé bringing a range of R&B-tinged Pop material to capitalise upon their run on the X-Factor, and has them sticking to similar things as what they were known for on the show, but without the covers.

                          1. "Beat Again"

                          They kick off the album with their first official single, a straight-froward dance-based Pop tune that I really can't say did anything for me whatsoever. However I felt that it was a good choice to start things this way as you find them introducing you to the overall sound of the record with something familiar and it indicates, that as what comes directly after it is another single, that the rest will be filled with surprises.

                          **One Star**

                          2. "Everybody In Love"

                          I felt that this J.R. Rotem-produced tune, was a big one from the act, written as a perfect Pop tune that still gives them a little freedom to come across as though they have a little bit of depth to their music, it is a feel-good jam and one that you can't really complain about at all. However, when you take into account the rest of the album, it appears that they let this one out far too early and is slightly misleading for what else they go on to bring.

                          **Five Stars**

                          3. "Keep You"

                          As they move things away from the lead two singles, we see that they move right into the main body of the album and drop a tune that I felt would hold the attention of fans as we see that it has a contemporary Pop feel, one that uses the heavy Euro-Dance production that can be typically seen in the work of Taio Cruz and others working in this sort of field from this time, although it simply didn't appeal to me at all.

                          **One Star**

                          4. "Crazy For You"

                          With this one we have the act coming out with a tune that has them singing an emotive, ballad. Sung mid-tempo, it sounds rather confused as it's not quite slow enough to pull out the emotions that you would expect of a tune designed to do what the lyrics intend, and its beat seem to be anticipating a lead forwards towards something faster later on, but it never comes and leaves you disasatisfyed throughout.

                          **One Star**

                          5. "Heal This Heartbreak"

                          Here we have them doing what I expected the one prior to it to do, whereby they would start things off slowly, but eventually build things up into a danceable tune. I felt they were done the wrong way around, when you consider that the lyrics of this one have no hope in them (that you get from the development in the beats further down the line) and so it translates into another failed track by the act.

                          **One Star**

                          6. "Close To You"

                          The act's third official single, this one has them bringing out an acoustic ballad, a track modelled upon Chris Brown's "With You". With many similarities to the R&B singer's popular hit, it is bound to fact criticism over how blatant it is that the song has been simply re-worded and adapted minimally in its overall composition in order to show that they haven't just covered the original, but really it needs time to grow (as "With You" did in 2007).

                          **Two Stars**

                          7. "Only Tonight"
                          On this one you get the act bringing out a tune that has them attempting to move away from the Pop and more towards the R&B end of things, but it appears that they really don't get too far away and end up offering another lifeless tune and one that begins to make this record sound samey as you hear how they simply aren't making any advancements towards something with a bit more substance.

                          **One Star**

                          8. "One Shot"

                          I felt that this was an example of the act making a stand to show that they are down to throw something down that felt much more like the current R&B trends (at least on the mainstream end) with a bit of a Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo or Jay Sean kind of feel comign through. It is one that will grow on you with time and suits being a single, but I felt that the predominance of a Euro-Dance style of production (throwing it off before the Hip Hop comes through later) means that it doesn't quite work as well as it could have, but it offers much more than the rest of the non-singles up tot his point.

                          **Three Stars**

                          9. "Private"

                          Here we get another lively one from the boys and one that holds things up on a hype that the tune prior to it initiated. I'm sure that this is another that fans of the Pop end of current R&B would be down with too, and one that will improve over time, but I didn't think that it really did what it could have and seemed to be a rather predictable tune from them (based on their first two singles and what they offered)

                          **Two Stars**

                          10. Don't Go"

                          They keep things on the same sort of level, whereby we get more material from them that has them putting on a decent vocal performance and not really doing anything particularly impressive to really take it anywhere new. This is basically another dancy Pop tuen from them and a track that has them singing about more predictable things that aren't really helped with such annoying production supporting it.

                          11. "Only Making Love"

                          Off-beat, this is a tough track to connect with, and when you consider that they didn't really do a lot to make you connect with their music from its early stages, it means that they don't really stand a chance of making it work for them when they go for something a little experimental. I can't really see anything special in this at all, and pulls things down a little further for them once more and on another occasion where you would have expected much more from them.

                          **One Star**

                          12. "Kickstart"

                          With a feel that forces you to think right back to "Beat Again", this is a track that I felt would certainly appeal to those who were down with that, but really it shows unoriginal moves by the act as they go for a tune that has them taking shortcuts in order to bring even more material that they know fans will enjoy, without trying something which requires a little more effort to make work.

                          **One Star**

                          13. "Tightrope"

                          The album ends with a slower track and one that is made to calm things down again after a series of tunes that were made to go about things all in an alternative manner to show that there's more to them that the ballads. However we get straight back to this here and we get a tune from them that I really wasn't down with as they do another plain tune that has them going for more straight-forward Pop.

                          **One Star**

                          This album met my expectations, whereby they mislead listeners into thinking that they had it within themselves to come out with something close to the kind of quality that you get from "Everybody In Love", but aside from this nothing happens in the album and has them going for nothing but lifeless Pop tunes, only ever changing it by modifying just how much Pop they would inject into it.

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                          Disc #1 Tracklisting
                          1 Beat Again
                          2 Everybody In Love
                          3 Keep You
                          4 Crazy For You
                          5 Heal This Heartbreak
                          6 Close To You
                          7 Only Tonight
                          8 One Shot
                          9 Private
                          10 Don't Go
                          11 Only Making Love
                          12 Kickstart
                          13 Tightrope