Jennifer Lopez – J-Lo

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Jennifer Lopez
Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Title: J-Lo
Label: Epic
Rating: 7/10

Jennifer Lopez is sexy, she has a powerful music mogul boyfriend, and she has more producers than you can count on two hands. Her current boyfriend, Sean “Puffy” Combs, contributes a lot to J-Lo, both in writing and producing. Even more surprising is how involved in the album’s writing was Jennifer Lopez herself. How much she wrote I have no idea since there are anywhere from two to ten contributors on one track!

The opening track, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”, is destined to be a radio and club hit. Its beats boom and the melody is icing an a tasty cake. Another tight beat rips through “Play”. You can tell that Lopez wants you to get your ass moving with so many dance tracks. “Walking On Sunshine” is a mover and shaker.

“I’m Real” is nice, but it leaves Lopez’s voice vulnerable and you can hear how it’s truly lacking. “Ain’t It Funny” and “Carino” have a sexy Latino flavor that alters your mood for love. “Carino” and “We Gotta Talk” are two tracks that show how much Lopez’s vocals fall short. She has a nice voice, but with very little range or attitude. But then again, that never hurt Madonna.

Jennifer Lopez isn’t trying to change the world with her records. She isn’t trying to pretend she can. Instead, she wants you to just enjoy the ride. If you understand this and buy into it, you’ll be happy with J-Lo for many days to come. And with fifteen tracks, you are sure to get your money’s worth.

+ rae gun