Lines, Vines and Trying Times

Common Sense Media says

JoBros enter mature territory but keep it clean and catchy.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although many of the songs discuss relationship problems and arguments, the Jonas Brothers usually are portrayed as the good guys trying to extinguish the drama. The song "Don't Charge Me for the Crime" is about getting caught up unwittingly in illegal activity.

Violence & scariness

Although "Don't Charge Me for the Crime" is about a non-specific robbery being committed with the Brothers implicated as accomplices to the crime, the song talks about how someone could end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and end up a criminal without making the choice to break the law.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Paranoid" references anti-anxiety medication.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this album delves into problems with romantic relationships, the boys keep things mostly light and fun. And unlike a lot of music targeted at the adolescent market, this is one CD that parents should find easy to listen to again and again.

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Kids say

What's the story?

LINES, VINES AND TRYING TIMES is the fourth studio album for the teen idol trio. Full of a dozen tracks, the album has the boys crooning about lots of relationship trouble "all I get is attitude," and teen girls should have plenty of reasons to feel sorry for these lovesick guys that seem to be taking their hits in love (see: "World War III," "Poison Ivy," "Paranoid"). Lines… finds the group expanding their musical horizons and covering lots of different genres on the album, from their standard pop rock to bluegrass, country, and funk. There's even some retro sounds reminiscent of Human League and Genesis (complete with full horn and string sections!).

Is it any good?


The Jonas Brothers prove once again that they are a cut above the standard boy band. Lines, Vines and Trying Times is a surprisingly rich collection of songs that cover a wide scope of musical territory. Although there are some great pop ballads on the album that have that classic Disney rock sound, like "Fly with Me," there's also some daring additions such as "What Did I Do To Your Heart" with its country-twang and rockin' fiddle and the totally 80's fan tribute "Much Better." The JoBros' natural likability is in full effect and the trio displays a refreshing degree of self-awareness and humility on tracks like "Paranoid" and "Keep it Real," where the boys insist they haven't let fame and fortune go to their head. "Livin' life, life in the fast lane, not that bad, no we can't complain, who's to say we won't keep it real?"

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of the Jonas Brothers. Do you think the songs on this album will help endear the Brothers to their fans? The Brothers don’t talk much about getting girls to like them or bragging about how cool or attractive they are. Instead they sing about being paranoid, getting treated badly by girlfriends and even innocently getting wrapped up in a robbery. Will this help them to stay relevant to their fans, even though their real lives can look like an enviable dream come true?

Music details

Artist:Jonas Brothers
Release date:June 16, 2009
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Adult Contemporary
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 18 year old Written bySuperStarzSingerz August 29, 2013


I'm a big fan of the Jonas Brothers and I believe their music has a personal message. Each song off this album is amazing!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 December 15, 2011

It's a Nice Album

I actually really like this album even if I'm not a fan of the singing. :-) But one song is "eh" after the intro. (Which is really cool) -Rosebud95-
Kid, 8 years old April 20, 2011
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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