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Evolution (Deluxe Edition)

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Album Review

The fourth album from 2008 X Factor runner-up JLS, 2012's Evolution features more of the British boy band's slick, dance-oriented R&B. This time, JLS have teamed up with big-name producers Mr. Bangladesh (Usher, T-Pain) and Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber). The result is a synth-heavy album that evinces a kind of updated take on the '90s new jack swing influence that first inspired the group. JLS' heart is in the right place, delivering material that mixes hip-hop production with an ear to pop songwriting à la bands like Tony! Toni! Toné! and Bell Biv DeVoe. Cuts like the dirty leadoff song "Dessert" and the would-be club anthem "Hottest Girl in the World" are radio-ready tracks built around percussive vocal samples. A few also feature some cheeky lyrical turns of phrase (like "Girl, you're looking like a menu/Everything on you looks good to me" on "Dessert," and replacing the word "boyfriend" with "toyfriend" on "Hottest Girl"). JLS also deliver some straightforward dance-pop tracks, like the Maroon 5-esque "Hold Me Down" and the romantic midtempo ballad "Don't Know That," which brings to mind the classic R&B sound of Boyz II Men and Jodeci.

Customer Reviews

EVOLUTION - deluxe

this will take pride of place on the shelf next to all my other jls albums. bring on nov 5th which happens to be my birthday BAZINGA :)

Where is proud? 😨😨😨😨😨😨

I have listened to Hottest Girl In the World, looked at the track list of Evolution, and there is no proud.

Can't say it's not there because it was for charity because love you more was for charity yet it was still on the second album from jls. Proud was popular in the charts. Other than this the album is good! Put proud on the track list.

Evolution

JLS are just amazing and this will be amazing so preorder it, ok bye.

Biography

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...
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