Jukebox, the third JLS album in as many years since finishing runner-up to Alexandra Burke in the 2008 season of X-Factor, follows much the same route as its predecessors - standard boyband fare. JLS's self-titled debut and its follow up Outta This World both performed well, so there's no onus on the foursome to attempt to alter the formula in anyway. Besides, how much scope could JLS really have had to subvert the pop genre, especially considering they've pumped out five number one singles in the past few years?
Jukebox sticks closely to the urban pop sounds that they've been cultivating up to this point in their careers. Tracks like 'She Makes Me Wanna' attempt to go down the club anthem route but feels slightly out of place, while 'Take A Chance On Me' is the obligatory ballad.
Let's face it, I don't think anyone is looking to a JLS record to find music that is any way progressive, or even interesting. On this album, JLS simply rehash whatever musical trends they, or their management, think will be popular or represent the best opportunity to shift units. Five number one singles, and countless album sales, does show that there is a market for JLS but where would they be without a big, money-filled corporate machine behind them? The genius of X-Factor is that it makes the record-buying public, or at least a large section of it, care intensely about acts that four months prior they'd never heard of. Being that JLS are three years into their career, you would expect that JLS will need something stronger than Jukebox for their fourth album or they will end up being left behind by whatever's next on Simon Cowell's assembly line.