Joe Jonas - “Fastlife” CD Review
Posted by Guest Writer on Wed, 04 Jan 2012.
Oh my Jonas! It seems like only yesterday we were enjoying the different styles released by Disney's The Jonas Brothers, whether that be the classic SOS or a song on one of their three studio albums (all of which I have embarrassingly stored for safe keeping to rock out to when I think that nobody's at home watching or judging me!), or one of their Disney movies including both Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2 with Demi Lovato.
Now though, Joe Jonas is back with his debut album Fastlife, a much more mature and grown up sound after the days of the poppy, upbeat and "childish" Jonas Brothers and after having diverted away out from the safety net of the Disney Corporation and branching out without them. Of course, this isn't the first Jonas to go solo with Nick Jonas (the youngest Jonas in the band) already having a semi-successful music career under his belt!
The album starts with a song called "All This Love" a worthy and wonderful start to a great album with the song itself really telling the audience what the CD is going to be about - love, of course - and really broadcasting the specific thoughts and feelings of what is being sung, leaving the audience understanding the pain and heartbreak that went into a relationship that seems to have ended abruptly.
As the album progresses it becomes clearly obvious that Jonas has moved away from his Disney roots and has now developed a much more adult and mature sound. As an example of this new found maturity and new approach to what you would normally expect is second track, "Just in Love", which tells the story of a love that has now been tragically lost.
The genre of this album is debatable, with some of the singles being classed as "rock" with the underlying messages being very to the point. However there are some songs that would be classed in the ever-growing indie genre whilst some would even be appropriate to be played in nightclubs, such as "Just in Love" with American rapper Lil Wayne featuring.
My favourite tracks on the album include "Kleptomanic" and "Not Right Now" both of which have a, kind of, dual-genre thing going on with both sounding and beginning like club anthems but having rock undertones with a deep and meaningful story to them as the different songs and stories are developed as the songs reach their crescendos.
I would not only recommend this album to the now grown-up fans of The Jonas Brothers and their work on the Disney channel in the early part of their careers, but also to fans of rock music, club, indie, pop and every other genre available. This album takes the best of each of the genres and broadcasts it appropriately - something that actually surprised me when I first started listening to an album released by Joe Jonas! A definite must have in these post-Christmas sales!
Review by Bradley