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JLS: surprisingly enjoyable
Jls - JLS
Member Name: LisaN88
Jls - JLS
Advantages: Upbeat, not generic pop music, added edginess
Disadvantages: Some mediocre songs but very few.
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.
Summary: Good to play before a night out