J. Lo: Rebirth; Grade: C
Jennifer Lopez’s fifth release has a song for everyone seeking or involved in a relationship. She delivers her usual blend of hip-hop flavored pop with her trademark mediocre vocal delivery. But this time around she manages to blend enough style and passion into the album to please fans thirsty for this release.
The first single “Get Right” opens the album up nicely with its distinctive production, however the next three tracks fall short of the introduction. Tracks two through five deserve a total reevaluation due to Lopez’s continuous attempts to mix too many genres of music together incorrectly. The songs end up having an early 90s feel and are generally much too much of everything. Specifically, “Cherry Pie,” which is so unbearable that it is liable to cause headaches.
“Hold You Down,” Lopez’s next single featuring Fat Joe, is just about as clichÃ© as her music gets by featuring a current popular rapper talking about his sentimental feelings with her following up in the chorus.
The remaining tracks on the album take a turn for the better as Lopez returns to exactly what fans expect from her. She covers topics from old love to confessions of new love and ends with two stark proclamations of her feelings relating to love lost that feed into all the media craze surrounding her personal life. Her husband Marc Antony even appears for an unnecessary cameo at the end of “Still Around,” where he uninterestingly talks (much like Lopez does through much of the album) instead of singing about the beginnings of their relationship.
Ultimately, Lopez falls far short of a rebirth in the songs however, the safely traditional J.Lo songs due succeed in a rebirth of the J.Lo that created On the 6 and are destined for radio heaven.
The worst thing about the best tracks on the album, next to her voice, is that when you try to hum or recall the tunes afterwards, you will most likely end up humming a different song–done by somebody else.