By Allie Mcglone
Classic 2000s era boy band the Jonas Brothers released a new song at midnight on Friday. Entitled “Sucker,” it is an ode to the respective women in their lives – Nick’s wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Joe’s fiancé Sophie Turner, and Kevin’s wife Danielle Jonas. There was an enormous fan response to the announcement, and already many are speculating about a reunion tour. However, the trio has gone six years without a single release, and it’s been nine since their last full album came out. One might fear that with their busy lives and diverging pursuits, the Jonas Brothers may have lost their mojo. Does their new song live up to the Joe Bros’ reputation?
Their fashion choices on the single’s cover are certainly fun and funky! With their bright colors and patterns, the boys set the mood for another classic bop. The song itself maintains the wildly popular boy band’s optimistic, pop-y tone, without trying too hard to exactly replicate their old sound. It it also similar to the work of Joe’s current band. The brothers’ style has evolved, as have their voices, but it definitely seems to be working for them. Plus, “Sucker” has a super catchy tune, the kind that could get stuck in your head all day.
The song’s message about the boys’ current relationships is genuinely sweet. The lyrics are pretty emotional – “I am a sucker for all the subliminal things / No one knows about you,” and “Any road you take, you know that you’ll find me” are a few choice lines from the track. These words are heartfelt and poetic, and it is clear that Jonas Brothers are truly whipped – in their own words, total suckers for the ones they love.
The music video was released on the same day, and centers around the song’s three subjects. It opens with the women wearing colorful dresses, and looking on coyly as their lovers serenade them. Following this aloof start, the video shows the couples goofing around, dancing and laughing together as the girls mouth along with the lyrics. Their relationships are portrayed as joyful, authentic and free.
The Jonas Brothers have definitely still got it. Their new song retains their old tropes without following them exactly, and flows quite naturally considering the band’s long absence. The teen heartthrobs have aged into well adjusted men in healthy relationships, which has been wonderful to witness. It also seems like everyone had a lot of fun making this song and video, and isn’t that what love is all about? Among all the recent Hollywood drama, it feels good to see couples that seem like they will stand the test of time – and fame – and remain happy together.