Just Push Play

Just Push Play
Aerosmith - Just Push Play.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 2001 (2001-03)[1]
RecordedApril–December 2000[2]
GenreHard rock
Length48:56
LabelColumbia
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.The album was 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 U.S. and around the world. As a result, Just Push Play was certified platinum within a month of its release.

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 charted on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and the former charted on the Adult Top 40.

Background[edit]

The album's cover, which was designed by Hajime Sorayama, features a gynoid resembling Marilyn Monroe.[3]

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.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Blender2/5 stars[7]
Canoe.caunfavorable[8]
Entertainment WeeklyB[9]
NME6/10[10]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]

Metacritic gave the album 65 out of 100 based on 14 generally favorable reviews.[5] 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."[6] 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.[7]

Darryl Stredan strongly disliked the album, to the point that he considered it proof that Aerosmith should stop making new music.[8] Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly called the album "good but not great".[9] 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".[10] 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.[12] Robert Christgau picked out the album's lead single, "Jaded", as a choice cut.[11]

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).[13]

Just Push Play debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling over 240,000 copies in its first week.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Beyond Beautiful"Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Marti Frederiksen4:45
2."Just Push Play"Tyler, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas3:51
3."Jaded"Tyler, Frederiksen3:34
4."Fly Away from Here"Frederiksen, Todd Chapman5:01
5."Trip Hoppin'"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson4:27
6."Sunshine"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen3:37
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Under My Skin"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson3:45
8."Luv Lies"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson4:26
9."Outta Your Head"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen3:22
10."Drop Dead Gorgeous"Tyler, Perry, Hudson3:42
11."Light Inside"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen3:34
12."Avant Garden"Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen, Hudson4:52
Total length:48:59

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[edit]

Aerosmith

Additional musicians

  • Jim Cox – piano on "Fly Away From Here"
  • Paul Santo – keyboards Kurzweil on "Fly Away from Here", Hammond organ on "Avant Garden"
  • Tower of Power – horns on "Trip Hoppin'"
  • Dan Higgins – clarinet, saxophone on "Trip Hoppin'"
  • Chelsea Tyler – backing vocals on "Under My Skin"
  • Paul Caruso – loop programming on "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
  • Liv Tyler – whispers on "Avant Garden"
  • Tony Perry – scratching on "Just Push Play"

Production

Studios[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[15] 27
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[17] 35
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[18] 27
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 2
Danish Albums Chart[20] 19
Finnish Albums Chart[21] 8
French Albums Chart[22] 32
German Albums Chart[23] 6
Irish Albums Chart[24] 55
Italian Albums Chart[25] 8
Japanese Albums Chart[26] 4
Netherlands Albums Chart[27] 32
Norwegian Albums Chart[28] 24
Polish Albums Chart[29] 24
Spain (AFYVE)[30] 20
Swedish Albums Chart[31] 19
Swiss Albums Chart[32] 3
UK Albums Chart[33] 7
US Billboard 200[19] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (2001) Position
Japanese Albums Chart 50

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[34] April 3, 2001
Platinum[34]
BPI - UK Silver[35] July 22, 2013
ABPD - Brazil Gold[36] 2001
Platinum[36] 2007

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Classic Rock, issue 142, pages 48-49.
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Sources[edit]

  • Furniss, Matters (2012). Aerosmith: Uncensored on the Record. Warwickshire, UK: Coda Books. ISBN 978-1781580141.