Review: DNCE's Album, "DNCE"

Updated on December 31, 2016
Samson Pharaoh profile image

Reviews are a pain-free way of combining writing, with what I love (music for eg.), in a way that generates interest.

Cheap Thrills and California Cool

Pop band DNCE is comprised of drummer Jack Lawless, guitarist JinJoo Lee, bass player/keyboardist Cole Whittle and lead vocalist Joe Jonas. Recently, the group followed up their 2015 EP 'Swaay', with the release of an eponymous debut album.

Every tune on ‘DNCE’ channels a carefree, outgoing energy. All the tracks flicker with zany flourishes and ooze the same California cool. In terms of shameless fun, the album delivers. The majority of it is stupidly instant and can’t be held down. ’DNCE’ doesn’t overflow with depth, but it’s packed with cheap thrills and benign escapism. Without the music getting sickly sweet, tracks like ‘Blown’ and ‘Naked’ have the power to, at least momentarily, brighten up the worst kind of situations.

The record’s overall outlook is summed up on clappy pop/rock tune ‘Good Day’. Affirming that the upcoming day is going to be a positive one, ‘Good Day’ is crammed with casual, off-centre boldness. Like several other cuts on ‘DNCE’, ‘Good Day’ incorporates a handful of animated, random vocal clips.

Moving On From "Cake By The Ocean"

It could be argued that after a listener has heard singles ‘Cake By The Ocean’ and sleek, sexy grower ‘Toothbrush’, they’ve heard most of ‘DNCE’. In many ways, the LP is a collection of lesser, yet similarly charged versions of those two tracks. ‘DNCE’ would be improved if it concentrated on evolving it’s already popular singles instead of simply rehashing them.

That said, listeners who are sick to death of ‘Cake By The Ocean’ (which is now over a year old), and looking for a new, equally sun-kissed pop ditty to be obsessed with should find something on ‘DNCE’ that holds their attention. DNCE frontman Joe Jonas is a credible, bright and steady presence across the album’s playtime. Never completely relinquishing a Disney Channel approachability, the 27-year-old swears, brags and bawls his way through the LP.


Newcomer Kent Jones Joins DNCE for "Blown"

Describing the havoc of being too drunk to spell the word “dance” correctly, the album’s toe-tapping, self-titled intro track is a tantalising highlight. Florida newcomer Kent Jones is the album’s only guest star, and appears on the energetic ‘Blown’. The rapper races through an explicit verse, which immediately makes its mark over the track’s beachy, swinging Sixties backdrop. The neon funk, dance and pop setup of ’Naked’ is unabashed - the catchy cut is truly hyped up. There’s no let up on it, ‘Naked’ goes all out without stopping for breath.

Joe Jonas' Tales of Bad Romance

The relatively subdued ’Truthfully’ touches on the negative effects of a dysfunctional romance and presents itself as a raw, under-processed song - but this is no more than a facade. That said, ‘Truthfully’ does authentically step away from the devil-may-care tone that dominates the project.

‘Almost’ also adopts a reflective feel and is relationship focused. Backed by humble, polished guitar accompaniment, Jonas spends the track lamenting the breakdown of another cherished bond. Openly owning up to his personal shortcomings, Jonas insists that his ex-lover will never be able to replicate the time the two shared together with another guy.

"Be Mean" Disguises Its Naughty Themes

Craving his lover’s poison, ’Be Mean’ dresses up light sadomasochistic ideas in a glorious pop sheen. 'Be Mean' even incorporates whip cracking sound effects. The cut separates itself from the rest of ‘DNCE’ with a memorable, tuneful pre-hook. Making the most of its forward charge, ‘Zoom’ is a sharp effort that basks in a trouble-free aura. Though the song isn’t long-lasting, it radiates with youthfulness. Jonas’ falsetto is irrepressible on 'Zoom', the way he alters his vocal delivery during the tune’s verses is entertaining.

The Innocuous Disco Vibe of "Pay My Rent"

Anchored by rounded, wholesome beatwork, ‘Unsweet’ is a harmless, breezy pop number. Jonas uses the track to confess that he’s not looking for a poster girl, and that he’s happy with the imperfect woman he’s currently seeing. Despite the cut containing lyrics that consider life's darker side, ‘Unsweet’ features nothing too inflammatory. Setting aside the fact it can get skippable, 'Unsweet' also incorporates a standout funky pop breakdown just after its midway mark.

The innocuous 70s disco vibe of ‘Pay My Rent’ is infectious, its instrumental sounds bubbly and involved. The track’s party atmosphere is hard to resist. Practically demanding that listeners let their hair down, ’Pay My Rent’ restlessly conveys the buzz of a unmissable party.

Verdict: ***** 5/10


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Shawindi Silva profile image

      Shawindi Silva 

      21 months ago from Sri lanka

      Interesting !!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)