Who I Am

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Youngest JoBro cuts more mature CD but still keeps it clean.
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Though the youngest Jonas starts to grow up on this album, discussing difficult romantic relationships and more mature topics, he doesn't delve into pessimism or give a cynical perspective.

Positive Role Models & Representations

By talking about topics that interest tweens yet still keeping it clean, Nick Jonas successfully walks the fine line of a good role model.

Violence
Sex

In "State of Emergency," a brief allusion to prostitution: "She's seductive but she does it well / She'll charge you by the hour for a straight trip down to hell."

Language

"Hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that on his first solo foray, Nick Jonas shows his growing maturity, displaying an introspective side that takes a more serious approach to problems like difficult romantic relationships. Jonas seems to want to distance himself from the frothy tween heartthrob image he and his brothers made famous. That said, he leaves out the swearing and any references to sex, substances, or other adult themes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byBruinsmama March 6, 2010

Talented beyond his years!

This CD is a fun mix of blues and funkier tunes. I love all the songs and it is my go-to CD lately. Nick's voice is soulful & his range is amazing!... Continue reading
Adult Written byFancyChristine15 October 7, 2010

Perfect for anyone

A little more "mature" than regular Jonas Brothers music but it is still just as great!
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 August 4, 2011

A soul/funk vibe (wish there was more songs, though)

It's a nice album because it has soul-like music.(And Nick's voice has gotten better in my opinion) It's more mature, but It's that inapprop... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 11, 2010

its for anyone it helped me relize wat realy maders

i think its a great song cuz it talks about how everyone is different and just cuz there different you dont need to treat theme differently. so... Continue reading

What's the story?

WHO I AM is the first solo CD from Nick Jonas -- the youngest member of the wildly popular Jonas Brothers trio. Backed by a band coined "The Administration" (which includes artists from Prince's New Power Generation backing band), Nick performs 10 songs that run the gamut of musical styles. Lyrically, the tunes demonstrate Nick's more mature side, taking a deeper look at difficult situations like breaking up with someone or coming from a broken home. Through it all, however, Nick sticks with the same clean approach that characterizes all of the JoBros songs: there's no swearing, sex, substances, or other adult themes in these tracks.

Is it any good?

Who I Am starts out surprisingly strong: just when you're set to hear the JoBro's bubblegum pop, the record throws out its first few stylistically diverse songs such as the title track and "Olive & An Arrow," both of which make Nick sound like a young John Mayer. Devotees of the JoBros' sound won't be disappointed, however -- tunes like "Last Time Around" and "State of Emergency" adhere to the same bouncy-pop formula that brought fame to Nick and his brothers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what led Nick Jonas to venture out on his own with a solo record. How do you think his brothers took the news that Nick wanted to go solo?

  • How might this project affect the brothers' relationship with each other, both personally and professionally? Does Nick Jonas have enough talent to stand alone?

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