On the 1st day of Christmas, Brumotions gave to you….
A Union J Album Review!
JJ, Jaymi, Josh and George are back with their second studio album, which we have already fallen in love with.
‘You got it all’, which shares it’s title with one of the tracks featured on the new album, was released on December 8th and we’ve had it on repeat ever since!
Check out our track by track review of Union J’s new release below!
Tonight (We Live Forever)
After catching the lads performing this energetic track at Fusion Festival earlier this year, this was definitely a great way for the lads to kick off their second studio album – It shows the Union J boys at their finest – Four young lads living their dream and having fun whilst doing so. We love it!
You Got It All
You Got It All is our favourite power ballad from the album! – Written by Canadian genius Nasri from Magic! (You know, the lads that wrote the UK chart topping track: Rude!) – although we weren’t sure how this track would fit on the album as the lads are more known for their energetic singles, we were definitely pleasantly surprise – especially after their stunning X Factor performance and undeniable vocal talent.
All about a Girl
Initially, this track reminds us of an old school 90s boyband track (our childhood right there!) with a Union J twist and we think it’s incredible… we also like to imagine it’s written about us, but that’s another story.
We currently have the incredibly catchy chorus stuck in our heads and have been walking around singing Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na for the past few hours, which makes us pretty excited to hear this track live.
One More Time
One More Time brings the party vibe that was missing in the first three songs, while also ensuring to display the amazing vocals that the lads have. It is slightly odd to be featured on this album though, as we’re nearing the end of the year, but this track speaks about the end of Summer, but it’s still a great song to celebrate the nearing of the New Year and will obviously make it on our end of year soundtrack! We would love to see this track released as the group’s next single.
It’s already an obvious crowd pleaser and we cannot WAIT to hear this track live. Together is a fun loving, edgier sounding track about having fun and living life to the fullest.
I Can’t Make You Love Me
Although About A Girl sounded like a 90s track, I Can’t Make You Love Me truly IS a 90s track. That’s right! Union J have recorded their own version of the 90s country pop single, originally released by Bonnie Raitt. But like all of the tracks on the new album, the lads have placed their own stamp on the song and it sounds incredible!
She’s in my Head
This track screams Union J; it’s energetic, hyper and features incredible vocals and harmonies! It’s definitely a lot more edgier than we were expecting from the lads, but it fits the rest of the album perfectly!
Once again, we’re faced with another incredible track that we’d like to imagine the gorgeous lads from Union J had written about us. We can definitely see this song being amazing during a live performance as it sets a great atmosphere.
I Love to Watch You Sleep
Who doesn’t want to imagine sharing a bed with Union J? We volunteer!
In this track, we see the lads turn into our very own Prince Charming(s) in this ballad, which has us (and we would be guessing you too) swooning over the handsome lads. It reminds us of a lullaby with the soft, crooning vocals that are very easy on the ears.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have Central Park which is a slower song about heartbreak.
Although the lyrics explain a sad story, we absolutely love this track as it shows the more emotional side of these lads.
Girl Like You
This track is a Brumotions favourite; it’s upbeat, fun and has a real feel good atmosphere. Girl Like You will be perfect to brighten up those dull winter mornings and a track you will find yourself playing on repeat and singing in the shower.
We’re glad that YOLO means ‘You Only Live Once’ because we wouldn’t be able to only listen to this song! It’s a great addictive and hyper track, however, we can’t help but feel that it would’ve been better to be released back when YOLO was still a thing.
Get It Right
This song gets a little lost within the powerful pop tracks on the album; however, we were excited to hear JJ’s vocals on the track, which we feel should feature more throughout the album. We weren’t overly impressed with this song, though we do want to ask “can we please have more singing parts from JJ?!”
Song for You and I
This track is a nice end for the album as its cheesy pop at it’s finest! Josh really jumps and succeeds at the opportunity to show off his smooth vocals and the entire song makes us smile and sing along. However, we believe that one of the previous tracks would have been the much better choice to finish the album.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
This one was released at the perfect time! And it’s great to hear Union J’s take on this centuries old classic! It’s a great festive track, which we will definitely have on repeat up until the New Year… at least until next Christmas.
Overall, the album is pure and powerful pop at its best and we’re absolutely in love with it! The whole album is inoffensive, features incredible lyrics and vocals and is great to dance around to. However, we can’t help but think a few of the tracks are lost among the other incredible ones.
Let us know what you think!