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Music Review: Nick Jonas – “Chains”

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Nick Jonas puts a chain padlock on his teenybopper tunes and introduces us to a mature, dark and soulful sound in his new single, “Chains.” This song is pure gold!

nick-jonas-chains-premiereThe youngest Jonas brother unleashes his songwriting genius, with the help of music producer Jason Evigan, and showcases an entirely grown-up, sexy and sublime.

A voice similar to Justin Timberlake (pitch-perfect, pristine and still with a pop rock edge) sings, “Tryna break the chains but the chains only break me.” Please prepare for jaw-dropping action at this point in the song.

Consider yourself warned: This is not Austin Mahone or Cody Simpson – “Chains” is a powerful and emotional combination of kick drum-driven beats, a splash of bass-dropping trap at the intro and bridge, with ’80s rock ballad vibe that underlays the chorus.

According to Jonas, “Chains” is about a binding love and this song embodies that feeling. In the second verse, he sings, “Alone in the night ’til she knocks on my door/Oh no, wasted again but I can’t say no (no)/…/Baby tell me why, why you do, do me wrong/Gave you my heart but you took my soul.” “Chains” is a song to bump to with your friends, or a song to enjoy alone with your favorite drink of choice.

If you love tracks that send chills up and down your arms, neck and spine, then you’re going to be bound to this sure-to-be hit. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear this song on the soundtrack for the future film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

“Chains” is by far the greatest, most inspired and powerful track of 2014 – it is pure musical perfection. I can’t wait for his new solo album to drop, sooner than later I hope.

Article updated at 3:00 p.m. EST

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Dylan Mial recently graduated San Diego State University with BS in television, film and new media: critical studies and a minor in journalism. Dylan is a published music, concert and theatre critic. He is also a journalist by choice and writer by nature. He has been actively involved in the arts and entertainment since childhood and attributes musical theatre as his favorite source for taking on performance opportunities. Newsle
  • Rianna (HerMYoh-nee)

    “first solo album”?! umm.. NO. Fact check please.

    This is the best part though. : “Chains” is by far the greatest, most inspired and powerful track of 2014 – it is pure musical perfection.

  • Tay

    Genius? Lol it sounds like everything else on the radio today and his vocals are subpar. It doesn’t even sound much different from the new jonas stuff they were making before nick broke them up. It’s really not that amazing of a song, good yeah but not shocking, genius or amazing…How much were you paid to write this lmao

    And his voice sounds nothing like justin timberlake. I’m almost insulted that you even compared them lmao

  • Dylan C. Mial

    The line I believe you are quoting me from reads, “I can’t wait for his new solo album to drop, sooner than later I hope.”