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Fastlife is Joe Jonas' solo studio album that was released on October 11, 2011 by Hollywood Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. All This Time 4:27
  2. Just In Love 3:27
  3. See No More 3:53
  4. Love Slayer 4:05
  5. Fastlife 4:01
  6. Make You Mine 4:12
  7. Sorry 5:03
  8. Kleptomaniac 4:04
  9. Not Right Now 3:49
  10. Take It And Run 4:36
  11. Lighthouse 3:55
  12. Just In Love (featuring Lil Wayne) 3:27

Album BackgroundEdit

While touring with the Jonas Brothers on their 2010 world tour, Joe Jonas began working on a solo debut album. The project was officially announced on May 19, 2010.

The announcement came during the period that fellow Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas announced his side project, Nick Jonas & the Administration.

Jonas claimed that he would not have worked on the album had his brothers not approved of the project.

With Joe and Nick both working on solo projects, it was confirmed that the Jonas Brothers would be on an indefinite hiatus, allowing the brothers full freedom to focus on other endeavors.

Nick confirmed that the band would reunite at some point, claiming they were "just taking some time to do some individual projects and enjoy that journey that each of us are on. It's exciting, you know, we're all doing different things and kind of taking those experiences and then we'll comeback and do something soon."

In March 2011, while Jonas was still working on the project, he and his girlfriend, Ashley Greene ended their relationship. The relationship and subsequent breakup provided inspiration for some of the lyrics on the album.

CompositionEdit

The album opens with "All This Time", which Slant Magazine described as a "more full-bodied spin on Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right."

Jonas said the song is about helping a girl "get to a place of love again" and "showing them they can trust you." The Danja produced mid-tempo track has been described as "full of heavy bass and Timbaland-lite rhythms".

The second song, "Just in Love", features Latin influences and lyrically speaks of Jonas' love for a girl, boasting the lyrics: "Just running from the truth/ That I'm scared of losing you/ You are worth too much to lose/ Baby, even if you're still confused/ Girl I'm just in love with you."

Jonas said the song was about the mixed emotions felt while fighting with a lover.

The next track, "See No More", was described by Idolator as a "club/R&B track that departs quite a bit from his pop-rock days." Lyrically, it speaks of memories of a past relationship that don't seem to fade.

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy called "See No More" a "slice of dramatic synth-pop about adolescent anguish".

Idolator wrote that the fourth song, "Love Slayer", featured "pulsating club beats, [an] array of catchy hooks and [an] anthemic chorus." Jonas claimed the song is about a girl that is the "hottest girl in the room" and will "break your heart".

The title track was inspired by Los Angeles, "just the busy city, running around, having fun."

The sixth song, "Make You Mine", sees Jonas taking home a girl from the club, boasting the lyrics "Gonna make you mine tonight/I wanna rock with you ’til sunrise/Let me do all the little things you like."

"Sorry" was described as a standout song on the album.

Joe was quoted as saying that the ballad was "saying, I screwed up. I didn't cheat on the person, but just I messed up and I wanted the person back. I'm just putting it all on the table saying, 'I'm sorry. I wish I could have you back.'"

"Kleptomaniac" sees Jonas singing of a girl who steals hearts, with lyrics such as "She's a kleptomaniac/She'll steal your heart and soul." The song features dubstep elements, and has been described as "dancefloor ready".

"Not Right Now" is primarily an R&B song that has been described as "melancholy" and having elements of rock music. Lyrically, it speaks of Jonas' desire to go back to the good times of a now-sour relationship.

"Take It and Run" is a midtempo song that deals with running away with a lover, with lyrics such as "So many things I can't wait to show ya/Give me the chance to get to know ya/ … Here's our chance, let's/Take it and run."

"Lighthouse" features metaphors of Jonas being trapped in a lighthouse with no windows. Jonas sings "But suddenly the truth doesn’t feel so safe / You made a promise, you didn’t keep it / There’s no windows in this lighthouse / No answers to the questions why" in the mid-tempo song.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Fastlife" peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 18,000 copies.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Fastlife" received positive reviews from music critics.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 5 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Tim Sendra wrote a very positive review for Allmusic, rating it four stars out of five. Sendra perceived that Jonas "injected some personality" into the record, writing: "Joe and his team of writers and producers put a lot of care into the sound of the record, making sure the uptempo tracks really have punch, the ballads have some grit, and the mid-tempo grooves have a believable amount of soul...Most importantly, a large part of the album is made up of songs with big melodic and rhythmic hooks that will propel you onto the dance-floor or have you singing along."

Mikael Wood wrote for Entertainment Weekly that "Produced in large part by Danja, who worked on Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, the club-friendly Fastlife largely favors the FutureSex — 'I'm loving that frame', Joe drools on 'Make You Mine' — yet it's the LoveSounds, as on gorgeous ballad 'Sorry', that most impress."

Slant Magazine's Jonathan Keefe wrote a favorable review, commenting that "Jonas certainly can't match someone like Timberlake in terms of a defined aesthetic or presence, but at least he and his team had the smarts to enlist producers who know how to construct solid pop songs. That may not make Fastlife much of an artistic statement, but it does make it a better pop album than any of the Jonas Brothers' albums or Nick Jonas & the Administration's "Who I Am."

Allison Stewart wrote a favorable review for the Washington Post, stating that "Fastlife, is exactly what it should be, a fizzy, danceable, R&B-steeped club pop album that greases Jonas's transition to pop adulthood."

Mesfin Fekadu wrote a mixed review for Boston Globe, writing that "Overall, Fastlife is lifeless. Vocally, the 22-year-old Jonas is boring: He lacks energy when he sings, and even he doesn't seem interested in what he's singing about."

Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave the album two out of five stars, calling Jonas' vocal performance "a flop" explaining "He sounds strained, simpering – like one of those High School Musical Disney kids trying to sing R&B."

Common Sense Media generally praised the album, writing: "Joe Jonas's dance-infused solo album is about 180 degrees different than the rock-leaning solo record from his younger brother, Nick. Yet like his bro, Joe has solid if not spectacular vocal talent and a penchant for producing catchy tunes with plenty of radio appeal."

TheWrap wrote a mixed review for the album, stating "Fastlife isn’t a terrible album, just a terribly producer-driven one, which leaves Jonas trying to fit into producer Danja’s all-electro arrangements as nimbly as he squeezes into the designer duds he now favors."

Pop Culture Online described the release as "a good album and Joe Jonas deserves recognition for his effort to appeal to a more mature audience. The young Jonas has good vocal tones a will surely go on to receive more radio air play and perhaps remixes in clubs."

PluggedIn gave the album a negative review, commenting: "Joe Jonas has evolved. Deal with it, we're told. But we'd rather not. I think for now we'll stick to wishing. If only the ready-to-commit, ready-to-take-responsibility side of Joe that we've glimpsed elsewhere could have convinced Fastlife Joe to slow down."

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