Review - Joe Jonas – Fastlife
Joe Jonas is just one of many people who find their way in a group and then attempt to break off. I am not sure why there is such an urge to do this, as it usually doesn’t work out, and most people regret it. Also, if you are making a ton of money and are very successful with a group, just stick with it.
Well, his little brother managed it (somewhat) with a bit more of a rock outfit, so now it is Joe’s turn. Nick Jonas managed a #3 album, but sadly, Joe could not. Peaking at #15 (though that isn’t the worst) and falling fast (it isn’t even in the top 200 anymore, and it has not even been a month. Oops.).
So, what does ‘Fastlife’ sound like? The album sees Jonas trying to shed his boy band image and show us that at the ripe old age of 22, he is a man. A sexy, soulful man at that.
The record sees him try to follow in the very large footsteps of Justin Timberlake (from ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ era), and follow very closely. He doesn’t seem to take a page out of Timberlake’s book, so much as attempt to rewrite the thing. As with most remakes though, the second is never as good as the first.
Jonas’ album lacks the freshness that JT’s had, as well as the catchiness. I am all for those who try to take pop to new places – especially if that place is a mix of pop, r&b, and sexiness. If a man can pull all that off, I could really enjoy that.
Sadly, Jonas pretty much falls flat on his face trying to turn the tricks that others do with style and grace. He may be the leading man of The Jonas Brothers, but he shows on ‘Fastlife’ that he isn’t really the leading man.
Listen to: “All This Time”