The Jonas Brothers succeed because they sound believable singing for and about young adults. Nick Jonas and The Administration's "Who I Am" (Hollywood) struggles because it usually sounds like young Nick making music for his grandparents.
Jonas occasionally hits on a great song like the John Mayer-ish soul of "Olive & an Arrow," but, more often, he swings and misses on overblown rock like the prog-ish "Conspiracy Theory" because he can't connect to the grown-up lyrics and arrangements. He should stick to who he is.
NICK JONAS AND THE ADMINISTRATION: "Who I Am"
THE GRADE: C+
BOTTOM LINE: Rock and the growing-old-too-fast blues
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