No stranger to shocking outfits, raised up-dos and lively personalities, Irish pop duo John and Edward Grimes, affectionately known as Jedward, are anything but boring. The X Factor contestants have since released two albums, with Young Love being their third and latest offering.
It's hard to take their music seriously when they are perceived as fun-loving, ultra-hyper and a never ceasing supply of upbeat energy. You would also think that that would translate onto their album, but surprisingly, this album highlights another softer and perhaps more vulnerable side of the identical twins.
Opening song Waterline was previously the representing track for Ireland in the 2012 Eurovision contest. The pop heavy ditty, albeit catchy, has a very Disney / Nickelodeon feel to it, especially in its chorus. It is a good starting song, but not necessarily the best song to represent Ireland in a huge competition.
Luminous, on the other hand, would have been a better choice. I particularly was surprised at the restrain the boys' voices could handle, as well as their vocal ranges. And with lyrics to drive their teenage fanbase wild ("And I will always know where you are /Cause I could see you glow in the dark/ We’ve got the stars and moon in us/ We’re always gonna be luminous"), you can be sure this single will be a hit on the pop charts. A clever song, no doubt. Also, title track Young Love starts off like a gentle breeze that caresses you and with an innocence rarely found these days in songs, their age and maturity shows. You cannot help but not like them at this point.
But like any other pop artist, these boys do have tracks that sounded more like fillers. How Did You Know was particularly difficult to listen to, because I could not really hear the confusion and yearning that was supposed to be in the song. I particularly found What's Your Number cheesy, but it felt like something that would sit well with the fans.
In any case, Young Love is an album that is genuine and sincere at best, and even without the huge capital backing that One Direction has, they have managed to come up with songs that will tug at the corners of your mouth. If only they had better writers/producers...
Track Cuts: Luminous, Young Love, What's Your Number, Happens in the Dark