2001, Music

J. Lo (2001) by Jennifer Lopez

This is a relatively diverse dance pop/latin pop/R&B record that is sequenced oddly and is just way too damn long.

Like so many albums of its ilk, this thing was created by a team (rather: teams); J. Lo is credited as co-writer on something like half the tracks but they’re all written and produced by multiple people, with different teams being responsible for different tracks, which leads to the diversity or schizophrenia. The material is fairly catchy but the singles are clearly the highlights. (As an aside, I have no memory of the original version of “I’m Real” just the remix, which isn’t on the version I’m streaming. When it came on I was like “Oh I must have confused this with a different song.”)

The result of these diverse songwriting and production teams is a lot of musical diversity but also some schizophrenia. Some of the dance pop and R&B feels like it belongs on a completely separate record from some of the latin pop. Some this has to do with the sequencing, but I think it has a lot to do with the different production styles and the arrangements, not the songs outright. It’s kind of disorienting and feels like it was created to satisfy multiple groups of fans. And that is something I really don’t like – wether or not it’s true, it gives off that impression.

And it’s just really, really long – over an hour. And the sequencing isn’t great – the song everyone knows is the first track and the other catchiest songs are in the first third of the record. (“That’s Not Me” might be the only one I remember after those first tracks and it’s still only half way through.) That is to say: it’s front-loaded, like so many of these albums and that means you are just tired of it way before it ends. It’s an album that feels longer than it actually is – some of that is on the material, for sure, but I think a lot of it is on the sequencing.

Anyway, there’s no reason to listen to it.


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