In the early days I thought they were a cool boyband that us guys could like without being ridiculed. They seem a set of decent lads and come across as likeable. Where I think they went wrong is trying to sound too American with their sound. Their early singles were far better than their recent stuff. Beat Again and Everybody In Love will long be remembered as good pop songs. Do You Feel What I Feel and Hottest Girl In The World not so much.
The boys spliting up is hardly TakeTake calling it a day yet people have been crying as if they have died. Five number one singles is decent enough, but from as many as four studio albums it’s not outstanding. This is their 5th year and the greatest hits album will bring up their 5th album. That’s made them overexposed instead of a good rest between albums so when they come back people are making more of a big deal about it.
Only one of their four albums got to number one. The last one Evolution has sold less than 150,000 copies and there has been a dip in sales with every new album released. Better to go out now then continue the downward spiral if you ask me. I’ve never bought anything JLS but will probably buy their greatest hits album as they have made enough good tunes to justify the purchase.
As a group they worked good together. But I don’t see any of them being a success as a solo artist. Maybe in a few years time they will do a reunion for nostalgia. It’s a good time to split for Marvin. It wouldn’t have been easy for him to be on the road away from his child when it’s born and he will now be able to spend more time with his wife rather than using Skype so often.