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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

AMAZING

^says it all.

Great

Heard full versions of most of these songs and previews of them all, it's sounding great. It's a lot more mature and definitely for older fans! Amazing new sound from JLS and I reccommend you listen to this even if you haven't liked JLS before because this is completely different.

Same JLS nothing new

JLS in 2009 they were the best boy and in the UK and now one direction are taking over as the best boy band right now.
JLS the songs aren't great and which worries me how many years left of JLS it's only a matter of time.

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 heels of...
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