The Singles Bar: Joe Jonas, "Love Slayer"

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A dangerous yet irresistible woman is the cause of Joe Jonas' mounting frustration on new track "Love Slayer," which hit the Internet today. The middle brother again strives to carve out a spot for himself on the solo artist shelf, this time by giving us a full-blown dance track, whose opening line borrows heavily from the not-yet-off-your-sports-bar-DJ's-radar, "Dynamite." Listen to it below.

Following the thematic trends he picked up from Chris Brown in first single "See No More," Jonas initially presents himself as a sad puppy dog who has been painfully walked on by the heels of each stiletto in his lady's closet. But by the time the chorus hits, we realize it's one of those intentionally dysfunctional if not unhealthy situations, where slaying (the dancefloor?) is a good thing ("Causing nothing by trouble babe / And I want more of it / Causing nothing but trouble babe / And I think I love it"), no matter what friends, or we the listener, happen to think. Jonas may feel as if he's in control of the situation, but the choice to move from pained falsetto to generic speech vocal suggests the opposite. The overemphasis does him no favors; he draws out certain lyrics to the point of gibberish, causing "feelings" to twist into "felines" (or "feelers," we still haven't decided).

Like generic dancefloor jams, the femme fatale character trope has popped up throughout music before, brought to life by different descriptors ranking the woman's potential for harm across every genre. Here, Jonas is partial to more violent nicknames, calling his lady a "killer," "dream-stealer" and "love slayer." Unfortunately, while the latter happens to be the title, this is not a medieval tale of romance à la his ex Taylor Swift, although that would probably have helped the song's case.

With its exploding chorus and built in clapping—which leaves the audience faced with the paralyzing question of whether to join in or remain silent out of protest—"Love Slayer" will likely fit in well with the crowds at the upcoming Femme Fatale dates, particularly because Europeans can't get enough dance tracks. But here in the U.S.A., he'll have to rethink things a bit if it doesn't want to face the wrath of those unruly hipsters again.


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