Just Push Play

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Just Push Play
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 6, 2001 [1]
RecordedApril–December 2000 [2]
Genre
Length48:56
Label Columbia
Producer
Aerosmith chronology
Nine Lives
(1997)
Just Push Play
(2001)
Honkin' on Bobo
(2004)
Singles from Just Push Play
  1. "Jaded"
    Released: December 21, 2000
  2. "Fly Away from Here"
    Released: June 2, 2001
  3. "Sunshine"
    Released: 2001
  4. "Just Push Play"
    Released: September 2001

Just Push Play is the 13th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, co-produced by song collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson and was released in March 2001. The album's first single, "Jaded", became a Top 10 hit in the US and around the world. As a result, Just Push Play was certified Platinum within a month of its release.

Contents

Subsequent singles "Fly Away from Here", "Sunshine", and "Just Push Play", though garnering some airplay, failed to impact the Hot 100, although the latter two reached the US Mainstream Rock chart and the former appeared within the Adult Top 40.

Background

The album's cover, which was designed by Hajime Sorayama, features a gynoid resembling Marilyn Monroe. [4] The illustration had already been used for the cover of a compilation album of various artists hits called Video Sound, released in 1985, and which did not include any Aerosmith songs. [5]

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.

In 2010, guitarist Joe Perry revealed his distaste for the album:

I don't think we've made a decent album in years. Just Push Play is my least favorite. When we recorded it there was never a point where all five members were in the room at the same time and Aerosmith's major strength is playing together. It was a learning experience for me: it showed me how not to make an Aerosmith record. [6]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 65/100 [7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Blender Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Canoe.ca unfavorable [10]
Entertainment Weekly B [11]
NME 6/10 [12]
Robert Christgau Scissors icon black.svg [13]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [14]

Metacritic gave the album 65 out of 100 based on 14 generally favorable reviews. [7] 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." [8] 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. [9]

Darryl Stredan strongly disliked the album, to the point that he considered it proof that Aerosmith should stop making new music. [10] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly called the album 'good but not great'. [11] NME 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" and "Outta Your Head". [12] David Fricke of Rolling Stone said that Just Push Play was the closest Aerosmith had come to a 'great album' since Rocks , despite the 'weak spots' of the album's power ballads. [14] Robert Christgau picked out the album's lead single, "Jaded", as a choice cut. [13]

The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2001, including Best Rock Album (Just Push Play), Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group ("Jaded"), and Best Short Form Music Video ("Fly Away from Here"). [15]

Just Push Play debuted at No. 2 within the Billboard 200, selling over 240,000 copies in its first week. [16]

Track Listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Beyond Beautiful"4:45
2."Just Push Play"
3:51
3."Jaded"
  • Tyler
  • Frederiksen
3:34
4."Fly Away from Here"
  • Frederiksen
  • Todd Chapman
5:01
5."Trip Hoppin'"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
  • Hudson
4:27
6."Sunshine"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
3:37
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Under My Skin"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
  • Hudson
3:45
8."Luv Lies"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
  • Hudson
4:26
9."Outta Your Head"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
3:22
10."Drop Dead Gorgeous"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Hudson
3:42
11."Light Inside"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
3:34
12."Avant Garden"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
  • Hudson
4:52
Total length:48:59
International version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Face"/"Under My Skin" (reprise) (starts at 3:38)
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
4:38
14."Jaded" (video)
  • Tyler
  • Frederiksen
3:47
Total length:56:24
Japanese version
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Won't Let You Down"
  • Tyler
  • Perry
  • Frederiksen
3:38
14."I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Diane Warren 4:58
Total length:57:35
Japanese limited edition – disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Just Push Play" (radio remix)
  • Tyler
  • Hudson
  • Dudas
3:16
2."Same Old Song and Dance" (live from California Jam II, 1978)
  • Tyler
  • Perry
5:13
3."Draw the Line" (live from California Jam II, 1978)
  • Tyler
  • Perry
4:32
4."Chip Away the Stone" (live from California Jam II, 1978) Richard Supa 4:24
5."Big Ten Inch Record" (live from Texxas Jam, 1978)Fred Weismantel3:58
6."Lord of the Thighs" (live from Texxas Jam, 1978)Tyler7:13

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".[ citation needed ]

Personnel

Aerosmith

Additional musicians

Production

Studios

Aerosmith recorded Just Push Play from April to December 2000 at: [2]

Charts

Certifications

OrganizationLevelDate
RIAA - USAGold [40] April 3, 2001
Platinum [40]
BPI - UKSilver [41] July 22, 2013
ABPD - BrazilGold [42] 2001
Platinum [42] 2007
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ) [43] 2× Platinum400,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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