Joe Jonas has struck out on his own from Disney pop trio the Jonas Brothers. His first solo album, “Fastlife,” drops Tuesday (Oct. 11). So far the reviews are less than stellar.
Chris Willman of Reuters writes:
“‘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 … The album bears a few passably
entertaining tracks, the best being ‘All This Time,’ which — maybe not
coincidentally — is the closest thing to a rock ballad, its martial
beat notwithstanding. Silliest? That’s a tie between ‘Kleptomaniac’ and ‘Love Slayer,’ which has Joe bragging, ‘I’m ’bout to
shut this thing down-down-down-down-down,’ the last word getting the
kind of simulated record-skipping repetition that must’ve seemed awfully
original 10 years ago … Once ‘Fastlife’ fails to afford Joe the desired Timberlake-type
transition, it should be time to grow the hair back out at least as long
as the eyebrows and fast-track a JoBros reunion.”
The Washington Post’s Allison Stewart says:
“‘Fastlife’ works best when it stays mild (like ‘I’m Sorry,’ which sounds
like a great lost Backstreet Boys ballad). Edgier fare like the
Pitbull-esque ‘Love Slayer’ doesn’t always convince, though a riotous,
Lil Wayne-featured remix of ‘Just in Love’ is the best thing here.
Eighteen months ago the pairing would have been unthinkable, but these
days Weezy is unbearably mild and Jonas is (sort of) wild and somehow,
it seems just right.”
We just can’t believe there’s a song on the album called “Love Slayer.” Will you be picking up some “Fastlife”?