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Album Review

JLS, the second-place runner-up on The X Factor in 2008, come up with a few standout songs on their eponymous album debut, which is otherwise rather bland. The British boy band, comprised of singers Oritsé Williams, Aston Merrygold, Jonathan Gill, and Marvin Humes, is certainly likable. They're cute and charismatic, and they sing well enough. What they lack is songwriting talent. They're credited with writing many of the songs on the album; in fact, most of the album's second half is penned by them and produced by Metrophonic. These songs aren't all that good. The highlights of JLS aren't those songs written by the bandmembers, but rather those written and produced by industry hitmakers. In particular, the songwriting team of Wayne Hector and Steve Mac, perhaps best known for their work with Westlife, contribute a few songs, two of which are great: "Beat Again" and "Everybody in Love." The latter is produced by J.R. Rotem, another industry hitmaker who crafted a pair of smash hits from earlier in the year, Iyaz's "Replay" and Jason Derülo's "Whatcha Say," not to mention smash hits from years past such as Rihanna's "S.O.S." and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls." Elsewhere on JLS, R&B singer/songwriter Taio Cruz is credited with co-writing "Keep One" and the veteran Danish duo Soulshock & Karlin are credited with co-writing and producing "One Shot." These two songs, in addition to the aforementioned pair by Hector and Mac, are far and away the best material here. The rest is more or less filler, though JLS fans will take some interest in these other songs because they're written by the bandmembers themselves rather than tailor-made by industry hitmakers.

Customer Reviews


Right before i start im a guy not a girl so it has nothing to do with looks for me.
This album has it all,from track 1 to track 13 there all really good songs,this hardly ever happens
that all 13 are really good. Taking away the 2 that are already out there are about 6-7 potential number 1s
(Keep you,Crazy for you,Heal this heartbreak,Close to you,Only tonight,One shot),my favourite is Only making love
I would urge people to buy this album if your a fan of JLS or not its BRILLIANT.

<3 JLS

Am loving this album, especially Beat Again, Everybody in Love and One Shot!!! Definately deserves top spot on the album charts!! <3


JLS produced one of the best debut singles I've ever heard with Beat Again and I couldn't wait to buy the album. I find their follow up Everybody in Love slightly cheesy, so was worried the album would contain similar material, yet they once again have proved they can produce a myriad of catchy songs. This album is excellent, teaming upbeat dance tracks such as Kickstart with slower, more melodic songs. I would really recommend it, well worth the money. Nicely done guys!!!


Formed: 2007 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

British boy band JLS -- short for Jack the Lad Swing -- are best known for placing second behind winner Alexandra Burke on the fifth season of the reality talent show The X Factor in 2008. Featuring the vocal talents of Oritsé Williams, Aston Merrygold, Jonathan Gill, and Marvin Humes, JLS formed in London in 2007. Post-X Factor, JLS signed with Epic Records and released the single "Beat Again" in 2009. JLS' full-length self-titled debut album was released later that year. In 2010, on the heels of...
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