Sounds like … highly produced and exciting pop/rock for tweens, often reminiscent of Cheap Trick, Maroon 5, The Rocket Summer, and The Beatles

At a glance … the Jonas Brothers have come a long way in developing a catchy pop/rock sound that can appeal to kids and adults alike, though they still have a ways to go in crafting meaningful lyrics that go beyond superficial relationship songs

A lot can change in just a few years, especially for those young artists in the tween music scene who seem to grow up all too quickly. We don't publish a list of the year's worst albums, but if we did, Jonas Brothers' 2006 debut It's About Time would have been included. Since it never released properly, the album was considered both a critical and commercial failure, marking the end of the trio's short-lived contract with Columbia/INO Records. But today it sells well on eBay, thanks to the Brothers' explosive success, including high-profile tours (like opening for some girl named Miley Cyrus) and the Platinum sales of their considerably improved self-titled follow-up through Hollywood Records.

Now comes album number three, and if you had told me back in 2006 that the Jonas Brothers would draw glowing reviews from Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and critics in general, I'd have said you were losing touch with reality. Yet things have changed with these guys, and not just the voice of 15-year-old lead singer Nick. They've taken another big step forward with A Little Bit Longer, to the point where this album is night and day compared to the first. Based on how quickly the Jonas Brothers have grown, they could well evolve into something more than tween pop further down the road.

For now, it's still tween pop—we all know it ...

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A Little Bit Longer
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Release Date
August 12, 2008
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Hollywood Records
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