Snap judgment: JC Chasez's 'Until Yesterday'

15365__jc_lLet me preface my remarks about JC Chasez’s new single, ”Until Yesterday” (co-written by fellow ‘N Sync alum Justin Timberlake) by saying that I’m probably one of 11 people on the planet who still listens to the guy’s first solo disc, 2004’s Schizophrenic. And while ”Until Yesterday” (click here to hear it streaming at AOL Music) has an undeniably driving beat and a sticks-in-your-head melody that converge and build to a very dramatic crescendo (a la ”Cry Me a River”), the lyrics of this single give me uncomfortable cause for pause. Aren’t there ways to sing about paternity drama without resorting to screechingly un-poetic lines like, ”The baby’s not my blood type”? And seriously, JC, when the line ”If you play with fire, then you’ll get burned” is the leadoff batter for your chorus, then perhaps it’s time to set down the pen and back away from the obvious clich├ęs.

What do you think of Chasez’s latest stab at solo stardom? You know you’ve got an opinion, so quit tryin’ to be shy!

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  • Reuven Malter

    Also found JC’s first solo project more ambitious than Justin’s. Guess the formula for success is to copy other artists, e.g. Michael Jackson, Prince.

  • BB

    This is so coincidental. I just listened to the song of his website through a link on I have the exact opinion as Mr. Slezak. That songs lyrics are pretty trite. While I was listening I had the feeling I was at a bad poetry reading. I can’t believe a record label would let that stuff go. “Billie Jean” is the way to write a question of paternity song. Sorry JC.

  • Damita

    You say Justin co-wrote it but it’s JC who is being slapped for the lyrics? Umm ok…

  • Leslie

    I may be one of the 11 people out there who prefer JC to Justin. I think his voice is gorgeous (not the high-pitched, and sometimes whiny soprano that Justin has). I don’t know what he’s doing wrong, because if he could pick the right stuff he’d be big. But so far…

  • Thad

    not into it, once again.

  • Mario

    I like it.. and I hate how many people are praising Justin’s Futuresex/lovesounds when JC was the first one to experiment outside of the boyband/RnB/lite formula that Justin stuck with for his first solo.
    I think JC has mad talent that he isn’t being given credit to but I guess idiocy wins ones again in America, land of the dense.

  • Drew

    I’m part of that 11…
    I really enjoyed JC’s first album…
    And I just announced it…

  • Nando

    Everyone, please agree with Mario or you will be reduced to ashes.

  • Nancy Walker

    At least he is better looking than Timberfake.

  • Ana

    I don’t know what is the problem….!! First, is just a song and JC said in interview that he made some funny or different to another lyrics and Until Yesterday is one of them….
    There are many songs that the lyric are very stranges and sometimes very stupid like London Brigde but like it anyway maybe becuase the rythm..!!! even the Sexyback song has a stupid lyric too that even in the chorus tired alittle bit because repeat the same thing many times.!!!.. so u don’t anything about the lyric because in fact could be a real thing sometimes anyway..!!!
    I think is song is great I really like it..!!!

  • Chris2x

    Don’t you know that Justin is God and can’t do no wrong? Funny how author of this blog slams only JC for writing lyrics but at the same time mentions Justin co-wrote it. Talk about kissing ass.

  • Wendi

    The song is supposed to be tongue and cheek. JC said that it’s a humorous Jerry Springer type song and not supposed to be a literary masterpiece. What pop song is? It’s a great melody, beat and vocals that make a song a hit and Until Yesterday has all those elements. Also, I love Schizo and still listen to it today. It’s one of the best overlooked pop records I’ve ever listened to.

  • Jayne

    Add me to the tally of the 11 who still listen to his first solo album. I think JC is vastly superior to Justin and his Schizophrenic is superior to Justin’s albums. In fact, Justin’s Sexyback is just a pale imitation of some of the songs on Schizophrenic. Why is he getting credit for something JC already did and did better?
    Anyway, back to the song…I think it is catchy as hell. It’s been stuck in my head since I’ve heard it.
    And come on, it’s a POP song, not a great work of literature. What pop songs have great lyrics nowadays? It’s all about the beat and the music. There’s nothing wrong with the lyrics anyway. They’re over the top but they’re meant to be! Don’t take them so seriously. JC’s not. He’s said it’s meant to be a Jerry Springer soap opera!
    I hope the song does well. JC totally deserves Justin-level success.

  • Ariel

    I’m also one of those 11, and I’ll go even farther to say that when I first listened to JT’s new album, it reminded me of Schitzophrenic.
    That said, this new track is pretty abysmal. Painful lyrics, uncatchy, and awkward. To date, I think JC’s best song was “blowin me up with her love.” Dude can sing, but something’s wrong with his taste in tunes…

  • Lesha

    I like JC. I always thought he was the more talented vocally of the bunch, and definitely the hottest, even way back in Mickey Mouse clubs, he was definitely yummy then.

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