New Nickname With A Familiar Sound
them apart is to look at it from the rear. Knowles is
stunning, but everybody knows Jennifer Lopez has a million dollar
ass. It's on the second half of "J.Lo" that Lopez
differentiates herself from current music trends by returning to her
Latina roots to rump-shaking success.
it Jennifer Lopez? Is it Destiny's Child? "Love
Don't Cost a Thing" - and Jennifer Lopez's new "J. Lo"
disc -- treads through the familiar Destiny's Child/Rodney Jerkins-inspired
which is experiencing unheard of popularity right now.
just as if you were trying to differentiate between Lopez and
Beyonce Knowles, the best way to
Christina Aguilera, who decided well after-the-fact to acknowledge
her ethnic heritage, Lopez's "On the 6" debut impressed
audiences around the world with its latin/pop fusion. She rode
the first "Latin Explosion" to prominence on the pop
charts. The disc spawned #1 single "If You Had My
Love," positioning Lopez among a string of actors/actresses-turned-singers
to become one-hit wonders. (Can you say Tracey Ullman,
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michael Damian and Rick Springfield?)
presents the realistic double threat of simultaneously topping both
the "Hot 100" and album charts.
defied the odds and followed with "Waiting for Tonight,"
another Top 10 track, as well as "Feelin' So Good."
She received massive support and success in ethnic markets; her duet
with Marc Anthony topped Latin charts for weeks.
offers the same enthusiastic, unabashed blend of Latin flavor and
pop smarts. With the "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
already in the Billboard Top Five,
always sexy Lopez
"Love Don't" garners success by being sound-alike, as will
"That's the Way" - a Jerkins-produced cut as likeable as
any Pink track -- Lopez shows true diversity when she steps away from
the trend-oriented sounds. "Carino" and "Dame"
(which is Spanish for "Give It To Me") feature a delectable
Latin-Pop beat. "Ain't It Funny" has a Latin flair,
too, and begs for attention at stations enjoying the continued trend
toward world-inspired music.
behind. "J.Lo" provides 15 cuts that will inspire plenty
of that - and make radio listeners and fans of her first disc very,
not. This is not a Spanish-language album. "I'm
Real" is so radio friendly and infectious, it's crying for
attention. Here, and in various other tracks, Lopez layers
vocals over herself to sound astonishingly like a girl-group.
The results are fresh and lip-smacking good. She slows it down
for the finger-snapping ballad "I'm Gonna Be Alright,"
which will be equally at-home on radio.
is most at home, though, when she can move her well-
the rest of the world . . . Well, they're simply entitled to
stare. That should be pleasure aplenty
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