Nick Jonas & the Administration, "Who I Am"

50 Billboard Rating

For his solo detour from blockbuster boy band Jonas Brothers, 17-year-old Nick Jonas recruited a dream team of veterans who nail the pop-soul stylings that he's chosen for this grown-up pursuit. But "Who I Am" is so polished and adult-sounding -trading teen pop moxie for organ and slide guitar-that one is left wondering whether the same songs about love, heartbreak and political curiosity wouldn't be a more satisfying evolutionary step in the hands of a scrappier troupe. Still, the heart-on-sleeve title track is likely to connect with Jonas' core fan base, and numbers like "Last Time Around" and "State of Emergency" show off the range of his older influences, including Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello. The most telling example of Jonas' new direction is his solo version of Jonas Brothers' "Tonight"-originally a driving, snarly pop anthem now turned into a Hammond-washed AC ballad.-Evie Nagy

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