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Lines, Vines And Trying Times
Studio album by The Jonas Brothers
Released June 16, 2009 (2009-06-16)
(See release history)
Recorded February - April 2009
Genre Pop Rock
Length 47:54
Label Hollywood
Producer John Fields
Professional reviews
The Jonas Brothers chronology
Music from The 3D Concert Experience
Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Jonas Brothers Live CD+DVD
Singles from Lines, Vines and Trying Times
  1. "Paranoid"
    Released: May 12, 2009
  2. "Fly With Me"
    Released: June 9, 2009
  3. "Keep it Real (Promo single)"
    Released: September 8, 2009

Lines, Vines and Trying Times is the fourth studio album by The Jonas Brothers and their third album released under Hollywood Records. It was released June 16, 2009 in the U.S. The album received mixed reviews from critics. The album end the year in the position #54 on the Billboard's Year-End top-selling albums and #34 at the Top Canadian Albums of 2009.



In an interview with Rolling Stone, Nick Jonas explained the title, Lines, Vines and Trying Times as "a bit of poetry we came up with on the set for the TV show." On the meaning he stated, "Lines are something that someone feeds you, whether it's good or bad. Vines are the things that get in the way of the path that you're on, and trying times — well, obviously we're younger guys, but we're aware of what's going on in the world and we're trying to bring some light to it." ”This new album for us I wouldn’t say it’s a big jump, but it definitely is a progression in our music and a growth for us,” he (Nick Jonas) noted. “It has a lot more kinds of horns and a lot more strings. Also there’s more to the music rather than just a typical kind of relationship song,” added Joe Jonas.

In another interview, Nick Jonas explains that the album is "our journal in songs," mostly about "all things we've gone through, personal experiences we get inspiration from." He also added that "we've also been working on trying to use kind of mask a literal thing that happens to us." Kevin Jonas also added that "the overall message is its the same old Jonas Brothers, in a sense" and that they will be adding "different musical instruments that are going to add and build to the sound we already have." Musical influences for this album include Elvis Costello, The Zutons, Coldplay and Neil Diamond.[citation needed]


The Jonas Brothers also did a Live webchat With Special Guest:Nicole Anderson, WonderGirls Jordin Sparks On August 22, 2009 So that makes 4 Live Webchats.

Critical reception

Reviews for the album were mixed, both from critics and fans saying that it was "premature". According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received mixed or average reviews, scoring 52 out of 100 points based on 11 reviews.[10] Allmusic named "overthinking and over-production" as the album's main flaws, and noted that the group's combination of "teen pop that skews adult in its sound and form" seemed effortless on their previous album, A Little Bit Longer, but felt that on Lines the "seams are showing."[11] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune claimed, "The rush to maturity is, well, premature," and added that "the strings and horns [...] only bog things down."[12] Entertainment Weekly criticized "Don't Charge Me for the Crime," calling it "the sonic equivalent of being held at gunpoint by a baby rabbit," but praised "Black Keys" as being the most honest track, adding that "its quiet brushstrokes of teenage despair easily transcend Lines' misdemeanor mutinies."[13] The New York Daily News criticized "World War III," saying, "it sounds like they just pulled a collective hernia."[14] [15]



"Paranoid" was released as the album's lead single on May 12, 2009. Hollywood Records confirmed on April 29, 2009 that the track "Paranoid" would be the album's official single. On May 7, 2009 the song was debuted on Radio Disney. It was released as an official radio single on May 8, 2009 and as a digital download on May 12.[16] The music video was directed by The Malloys.[17] The music video for Paranoid premiered on May 23, 2009 on Disney Channel. Paranoid peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Fly With Me"

"Fly With Me" was released as a single on June 9, 2009. The song was first used during the end credits of the movie Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. A music video for the song premiered on Disney Channel on June 7, 2009[18], and fellow musician, Jen Marks, also released her own version of the song in music video form. To date, Fly with Me has peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the group's lower charting singles.

"Keep It Real"

"Keep It Real" was confirmed as a single via Twitter.[19] The music video for the song premiered on September 6, 2009. The song was first used during the JONAS episode "Keeping It Real". To date, the song has not charted. Critiques of the song have noted its strong similarities to Maxine Nightingale' 1975 recording Get Right Back Where We Started From.

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "World War III"   Nick Jonas 3:13
2. "Paranoid"   Jonas Brothers, Cathy Dennis 3:39
3. "Fly with Me"   Jonas Brothers, Greg Garbowsky 3:54
4. "Poison Ivy"   Jonas Brothers, G. Garbowsky 4:09
5. "Hey Baby" (featuring Johnny Lang[20]) Jonas Brothers, Michael B. Nelson 3:19
6. "Before the Storm" (featuring Miley Cyrus) Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus 4:26
7. "What Did I Do to Your Heart"   Jonas Brothers 3:17
8. "Much Better"   Jonas Brothers 4:36
9. "Black Keys"   Nick Jonas 3:48
10. "Don't Charge Me for the Crime" (featuring Common) Jonas Brothers, Ryan Liestman, Common 3:59
11. "Turn Right"   Jonas Brothers 2:48
12. "Don't Speak"   Jonas Brothers, John Fields 3:55
13. "Keep It Real"   Jonas Brothers 2:51
Bonus track[21][22]
# Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Infatuation" (Japanese bonus track) Jonas Brothers 3:30

Japanese bonus DVD

  1. "Paranoid (Music Video)"
  2. "Paranoid (Making of the Video)"
  3. "Album Photo Behind The Scene"
  4. "TV 'JONAS' Behind The Scene"

Chart performance

In its first week, Lines, Vines and Trying Times sold 247,000 copies, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200.[23] In its second week, it sold 68,000, 72% less than its debut week.[citation needed] Its third week on the chart, it dropped to #8 and sold 42,000 copies, down 39% from the second week.[citation needed] It stood at #10 with only 34,000 copies sold in its fourth week.[24] The next week it dropped to 14.[25] Then sixth week on the charts, the album dropped to number 15.[citation needed] The next it rose to 19[citation needed]

The album stayed on the Billboard 200 for 27 straight weeks.

Charts and certifications

Chart (2009) Peak
Certification Sales/
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[26] 5 - -
Argentina Albums Chart[27] 3 Gold[28] 20,000+[28]
Austrian Albums Chart[26] 33 - -
Belgian Albums Chart[26] 16 - -
Brazil Top 10 CD ABPD[29] 1 Gold[30] 60,000[31]
Canadian Albums Chart[32] 1 Platinum 80,000[33]
Danish Albums Chart[26] 28 - -
Dutch Albums Chart[26] 21 - -
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 15 - -
French Albums Chart[26] 17 - -
Irish Albums Chart[26] 6 - -
Italian FIMI Albums Chart[26] 6 Gold 35,000
Mexican Albums Chart[26] 1 Gold[34] 40,000
New Zealand Albums Chart[26] 8 - -
Norwegian Albums Chart[26] 25 - -
Portuguese Albums Chart[26] 3 - -
Spanish Albums Chart[26] 1 Gold 40,000
Swedish Albums Chart[26] 14 - -
Swiss Albums Chart[26] 46 - -
UK Albums Chart[26] 9 - -
U.S. Billboard 200[26] 1 - 600,000[citation needed]
Venezuela Albums Chart[26] 1 - -

Release history

Region Date
The Netherlands, France, Poland, Austria, Spain, Estonia, and Ireland June 12, 2009
United Kingdom (selected), Portugal and Mexico[35] June 15, 2009
United States, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia[35] June 16, 2009
Asia and Latin America[35] June 17, 2009
Australia and Oceania[35] June 19, 2009
Japan August 5, 2009


  • Strings on "Black Keys", "Don't Speak", "Fly with Me", and "Before the Storm" arranged and conducted by Steve Lu and performed by Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen, Radu Pieptea, Wes Precourt (violins), Caroline Buckman, Briana Bandy (violas), Richard Dodd and Matt Cooker (cellos). Horns on "Much Better" and "Hey Baby" arranged by Michael Nelson and performed by The Hornheads: Steve Strand (lead trumpet), Dave Jensen (trumpet), Michael Nelson (trombone), Kenni Holmen (tenor saxophone), Kathy Jensen (baritone saxophone). Horns on "Poison Ivy" arranged by Ken Chastain and performed by Matt Darling (trombone), Joe Mechtenberg (saxophone), Zack Lozier (trumpet). Horns on "World War III" arranged by Jerry Hey (trumpet), Gary Grant (trumpet), Dan Higgins (saxophone), Bill Reichenbach (trombone). Horns on "Keep It Real" arranged by Steve Lu and performed by Dan Fornero (trumpet), George Stanford (trombone), Brian Gallagher (saxophone). Common appears courtesy of GOOD Music/Geffen/Interscope Records.


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External links

Preceded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 4, 2009
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas
Canadian Albums Chart
June 22, 2009
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by Black Eyed Peas


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