Reviews Are In for Joe Jonas’ First Solo Album ‘Fastlife’

/ October 10, 2011

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Breaking away from his famous brothers and distancing himself from the House of Mouse, Joe Jonas goes full speed into adulthood with his first solo album Fastlife.

Taking a note from Justin Timberlake’s solo career (Joe considers JT an “insipiration“) and led by super producer Danja (Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Usher), the 22-year-old’s LP features upbeat club bangers and ballads that chronicle his much publicized love life.

Joe’s taken the Taylor Swift (the two dated back in 2008) route and let it all out! A few weeks back, the sexy singer dished to Ryan Seacrest that his latest single “Just In Love” was about an ex-girlfriend:

“This is a song I wrote when I was going through a relationship with somebody. She [was] arguing with me, and all I could do was say ‘Listen, I love you, but we don’t need to go through this.”

But will airing his dirty laundry earn the former boy bander’s album rave reviews? Well, so far Joe’s got nothing to worry about! Entertainment Weeklys Mikael Wood gave the middle JoBro a solid “B” for his first effort:

“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.”

In their fall music preview, Idolator praises Joe for stepping out on his own and dubs his opening track “All This Time” “instantly likable”! Though they feel he fell short of Justin Timberlake’s signature style:

“With constant drum beats and longing falsetto, we think he was aiming for a Justin Timberlake vibe, and instead got Jesse McCartney/Chris Brown. Still, a solid effort for a first LP.”

Joe might be longing to be the next party starter, but it’s the ballads on his album that have everyone craving for more. Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe says the album is full of “solid pop tunes”, but he calls “Sorry” an “essential” track. Allison Stewart of The Washington Post agrees:

“Fastlife works best when it stays mild (like ‘I’m Sorry,’ which sounds like a great lost Backstreet Boys ballad).”

Fastlife comes out tomorrow, Oct. 11. Will you guys listen to the critics and grab a copy? Sound off in the comments!