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This article is about the Joe Jonas album. For other work with the same title, see Fast Life.
Fastlife
Studio album by Joe Jonas
Released October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Genre Pop, electropop, R&B
Length 48:52
Label Hollywood
Producer Adonis, Jim Beanz, Chris Brown, Danja, Claude Kelly, Brian Kennedy, Rob Knox, Hit-Boy
Singles from Fastlife
  1. "See No More"
    Released: June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13)
  2. "Just in Love"
    Released: September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13)

Fastlife is the debut studio album by American recording artist Joe Jonas. It was released in October 11, 2011 through Hollywood Records.[1] The album is the first official release from Jonas since Jonas Brothers went on hiatus a year prior. Consequently, the contents of Fastlife mark a shift in musical direction from the pop-rock stylings of Jonas Brothers, drawing influences instead from urban genres of electropop and R&B. Unlike their pop background, the "Just in Love" remix contains an explicit rap from Lil Wayne, earning Fastlife a Parental Advisory sticker. Fastlife features production from a range of acclaimed producers including Rob Knox, Danja, and Brian Kennedy, among others. The album's release was preceded by singles "See No More" and "Just in Love", released in June and September 2011 respectively. Fastlife entered onto Billboard 200 chart at No. 15 off an 18,000 start. This was Joe's first and only solo album to be released on Hollywood Records.[2]

Background[edit]

"When I started writing for the record, I wanted it to be very personal … even though it's scary because it's just (me) by myself. People are going to listen and try to pinpoint what the lyrics are about, but I did my best without saying any names."

Joe Jonas telling to USA Today about the concept and inspiration of the album.[3]

Jonas explained the title of the album, Fastlife, by saying "I think my life has been so crazy busy for the past year and a half, and I kind of wanted to show people a little bit more of what my life is about, bring them into it a little bit more, so that's been a fun experience."[4] He described Fastlife as an "upbeat record".[5] According to him, the difference between the songs done with his brothers and the songs on his solo album is that they are "more urban and dance electronic".[4]

Singles[edit]

A sample of "See No More" by Joe Jonas, serviced as the lead single from Fastlife.

A sample of "Just in Love" by Joe Jonas, serviced as the second single from Fastlife.

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The first single from Fastlife is "See No More", which was released on June 13, 2011.[6] "See No More" entered at number 53 in UK and 92 in the US.

The second single from Fastlife is "Just in Love", which was released on September 13, 2011 and failed to chart. A remix version featuring Lil Wayne was released on October 4, 2011.

A promotional video for "All This Time" was released on December 9, 2011. The video that contains footage in the French radio station NRJ was posted on its website.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
Boston Globe mixed[10]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[12]
Slant 3/5 stars[13]
Washington Post favorable[14]

Fastlife received mixed to 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".[8] 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."[9] 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."[11]

Allison Stewart wrote a favorable review for Washington Post. Stewart wrote 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."[14] 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."[10] 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.[13] 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."[12]

Promotion[edit]

On August 22, 2011, Joe Jonas performed these songs on Live on Letterman:[15][16]

  • "Love Slayer"
  • "Just in Love"
  • "Fast Life"
  • "I'm Sorry"
  • "Kleptomaniac"
  • "See No More"

Joe also performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (July 13), Lopez Tonight (August 8), Live with Regis and Kelly (September 8), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (September 26), The Today Show (October 5), The Wendy Williams Show (October 7), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (November 3) and Conan (November 7).

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 15 with 18,000 sales and stayed 2 weeks on the Billboard 200. As of December 29, 2011, the album has shifted 25,000 copies.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All This Time"   Nathaniel Hills, Kevin Cossom, Marcella Araica, Joe Jonas Danja, Jim Beanz (vocal) 4:27
2. "Just in Love"   Robin Tardoss, James Fauntleroy, LaShawn Daniels, Jonas Rob Knox 3:27
3. "See No More"   Brian Kennedy, Chris Brown, Jonas Kennedy, Brown (co.) 3:52
4. "Love Slayer"   Hills, Cossom, Araica, Jonas Danja, Beanz (vocal) 4:10
5. "Fastlife"   Tardoss, Fauntleroy, Daniels, Jonas Knox 4:01
6. "Make You Mine"   Hills, Claude Kelly, Araica, Jonas Danja, Kelly (vocal) 4:12
7. "Sorry"   Tardoss, Fauntleroy, Daniels, Jonas, Nuno Bettencourt Knox 5:03
8. "Kleptomaniac"   Adonis Shropshire, Tiffany Fred Adonis 4:04
9. "Not Right Now"   Hills, Cossom, Araica, Jonas, James Washington Danja, Beanz (vocal) 3:49
10. "Take It and Run"   Hills, Cossom, Araica Danja, Beanz (vocal) 4:36
11. "Lighthouse"   Chauncey Hollis, Brown, Kevin McCall Hit-Boy, Brown (co.) 3:45
12. "Just in Love" (featuring Lil Wayne) Tardoss, Fauntleroy, Daniels, Jonas, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. Knox 3:27
Total length:
48:52

Release history[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
Position
Argentinian Albums Chart[19] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[20] 42
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[20] 54
Dutch Albums Chart[21] 85
France Charts.com[22] 75
Italian Albums Chart[23] 12
Mexican Albums Chart[24] 8
Portuguese Albums Chart[21] 4
Spanish Albums Chart[25] 9
UK Albums Chart[26] 99
US Billboard 200[2] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maloy, Sarah (July 29, 2011). "Joe Jonas Sets New Album Release Date, Opens For Britney Spears". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (October 19, 2011). "Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Mallenbaum, Carly (14 August 2011). "Joe Jonas is living the 'FastLife' on the road, on his own". USA Today. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Joe Jonas Is Perfecting His Dance Moves For Fastlife". MTV. August 31, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Joe Jonas: "Fastlife" Is An 'Upbeat' Record". Cambio. June 27, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "See No More (International Version) - Single by Joe Jonas - Download at iTunes". iTunes. June 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.nrj.fr/music-509/news-music-524/article/273571-joe-jonas-chez-nrj-dans-le-clip-d-all-this-time-.html
  8. ^ a b "Fastlife Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Sendra, Tim (October 11, 2011). "Fastlife - Joe Jonas - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Fekadu, Mesfim (October 12, 2011). "Review: Joe Jonas' 'Fastlife' is a slow killer". Boston Globe. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (October 11, 2011). "Fastlife review - Joe Jonas Review - Music Reviews and News - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Rosen, Jody (October 25, 2011). "Joe Jonas - Fastlife - Review". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Keefe, Jonathan (October 16, 2011). "Fastlife - Joe Jonas - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Stewart, Allison (25 September 2011). "Album review: Joe Jonas, "Fastlife"". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Joe Jonas on Live on Letterman". CBS. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  16. ^ Noir, Nadia (August 22, 2011). "Joe Jonas Brings Down The House, Live On Letterman". Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
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  19. ^ CAPIF rankings for 09/10/2011
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  21. ^ a b http://acharts.us/album/66193
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  23. ^ http://www.fimi.it/classifiche_result_artisti.php?anno=2011&mese=10&id=395
  24. ^ [1]. Mexican charts. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  25. ^ http://mexicancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Joe+Jonas&titel=Fastlife&cat=a
  26. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/albums-chart/