Just Push Play

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Just Push Play
Aerosmith - Just Push Play.JPG
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released March 5, 2001 (2001-03-05)[1]
Recorded The Boneyard & The Bryer Patch, Long View Farms Studio, Ocean Way Studios, Sound Techniques, Village Recorders, Pearl White Studios, Whatinthewhatthe? Studios, The Studio in the Sunset Marquis[2]
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock, rap rock
Length 48:56
Label Columbia
Producer Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Mark Hudson, Marti Frederiksen[2]
Aerosmith chronology
Nine Lives
(1997)Nine Lives1997
Just Push Play
Honkin' on Bobo
(2004)Honkin' on Bobo2004
Singles from Just Push Play
  1. "Jaded"
    Released: December 21, 2000
  2. "Fly Away from Here"
    Released: June 2, 2001
  3. "Sunshine"
    Released: Mid 2001
  4. "Just Push Play"
    Released: September 2001

Just Push Play is the 13th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith. It was released on March 5, 2001, making it the first Aerosmith album of the 21st century. The album was co-produced by song collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson. The album's first single, "Jaded", became a major Top 10 hit in the U.S. and around the world. As a result, Just Push Play was certified platinum within a month of its release. Subsequent singles "Fly Away from Here", "Sunshine", and "Just Push Play", though garnering some airplay, failed to impact the Hot 100 much, although the latter two charted on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and the former charted on the Adult Top 40.

In 2010, guitarist Joe Perry revealed his distaste for the album, stating that:[3]

Album cover[edit]

The album's cover features a gynoid resembling Marilyn Monroe and was designed by Hajime Sorayama.[4]

In 2011, drummer Joey Kramer answered some questions about the album during a fan "Q & A", revealing that he does not like the cover, and that he thought the playing on the album was superb[citation needed].

A poster of the album cover is shown in the title characters’ room in the Nickelodeon TV series Drake & Josh.

Several songs were recorded for the album that went unused. "Ain't It True", "Easy", "Innocent Man", "I Love You Down", and "Sweet Due" can be linked as originating from these sessions. "Angel's Eye" was used for the soundtrack to "Charlie's Angels." "Face" and "Won't Let You Down" were issued as bonus tracks on later pressings of the album. These songs are listed in copyright repertories. The track "Do You Wonder" was supposedly recorded for this album, as well.

Commercial and critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Blender2/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]

Just Push Play debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling over 240,000 copies in its first week.[12]

Metacritic gave the album 65 out of 100 based on 14 generally favorable reviews.[5] For his review of Just Push Play for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that it was their best album since Pump in 1989, but he criticized them "for not acting their age" and said the album was not much compared to Pump and Permanent Vacation. He compared their production name, "The Boneyard Boys", to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' production name, "The Glimmer Twins."[1] Ben Mitchell of Blender magazine said the album was better than Nine Lives by a little bit and feels the album was not with the times and was rather poor.[6] Darryl Stredan had a very strong dislike for both the album and the artist saying that they were not a band anymore, that they were instead a marketing company, and was of the opinion that they should stop producing new music.[7] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly said that songs to not listen to on the album are "Fly Away from Here", "Luv Lies", "Avant Garden", "Just Push Play", "Drop Dead Gorgeous", and "Outta Your Head", but the rest of the songs on the album are tolerable including several with string sections ("Jaded", "Beyond Beautiful", and "Sunshine") and thinks the album overall is good but not great.[8] In the NME magazine review of Just Push Play said that most of the album is not new, but the album was Aerosmith's first album to feature rap metal with songs like "Just Push Play" & "Outta Your Head".[9] David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine said that they are still a good band and it is lucky for them to still be around, but he also said that they had not made a "great album" since Rocks, although it came close as did Pump. He compared "Jaded" to an Electric Light Orchestra song and said that the weak spots on the album were the power ballads.[11] Robert Christgau picked out one song from the album, "Jaded", as a choice cut.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Beyond Beautiful"Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Marti Frederiksen4:45
2."Just Push Play"Tyler, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas3:51
3."Jaded"Tyler, Frederiksen3:34
4."Fly Away from Here"Frederiksen, Todd Chapman5:01
5."Trip Hoppin'"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson4:27
6."Sunshine"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen3:37
Side two
7."Under My Skin"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson3:45
8."Luv Lies"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson4:26
9."Outta Your Head"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen3:22
10."Drop Dead Gorgeous"Tyler, Perry, Hudson3:42
11."Light Inside"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen3:34
12."Avant Garden"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson4:52
Total length:48:59

NB: On the original version, roughly 45 seconds after "Avant Garden" a hidden track entitled "Under My Skin Reprise" plays for about one minute. On the international version, the track is roughly 40 seconds after "Face" and on the Japanese version after "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".


Per liner notes[2][13]

Additional musicians


Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[14] 27
Austrian Albums Chart[15] 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[16] 35
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[17] 27
Canadian Albums Chart[18] 2
Danish Albums Chart[19] 19
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 8
French Albums Chart[21] 32
German Albums Chart[22] 6
Irish Albums Chart[23] 55
Italian Albums Chart[24] 8
Japanese Albums Chart[25] 4
Netherlands Albums Chart[26] 32
Norwegian Albums Chart[27] 24
Polish Albums Chart[28] 24
Swedish Albums Chart[29] 19
Swiss Albums Chart[30] 3
UK Albums Chart[31] 7
US Billboard 200[18] 2


Year Title Peak chart positions
U.S. Rock
U.S. Main
2001 "Jaded" 7 1 6 51 47 6 48 54 30 13
"Fly Away from Here" 103 24 99 44
"Sunshine" 23
"Just Push Play" 10 38
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[40] April 3, 2001
BPI - UK Silver[41] July 22, 2013
ABPD - Brazil Gold[42] 2001
Platinum[42] 2007


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