May 4th, 2011
04:50 PM ET
Jennifer Lopez’s career looked like it was slowing down for a moment there, but since she’s teamed up with “American Idol,” the 41-year-old mom of two has been eagerly welcomed back into the spotlight.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, her role as a judge on “Idol” no doubt has shown fans old and new how much of a star she is, and may have even helped boost her single “On the Floor” on the Billboard charts.
But for someone who sparkles on “Idol,” that same flavor seems to be missing from her album "Love?," her seventh studio offering.
“Jennifer Lopez is a great idea…on paper,” Rolling Stone’s review begins. “But the reality of Jennifer Lopez is…blah. 'Love?' arrives with shiny production credits — Tricky Stewart and the-Dream, RedOne, Stargate. But it's undone by J.Lo's slight voice and slighter personality.”
The Los Angeles Times wasn’t any nicer. “It’s a limp, personality-free dance-pop collection with plenty of A-list collaborations,” the Times review says, “but none of the lightweight charm she once brought in hits like ‘Waiting for Tonight’ and ‘Jenny From the Block.’”
For EW, Lopez’s “Love?” is “a harmless collection of prefab dance pop with just enough hints of Latin spice to remind listeners of Jenny's from-the-block past without losing sight of her Bel Air present.” But, the review goes on, it’s also “an utterly anonymous exercise in high-end sound production, as luxuriously empty as one of the new designer bags Lopez lusts after on the misleadingly named 'Good Hit.'”
But Billboard, perhaps promisingly for Lopez’s sales, had more glowing words. Lopez, the review says, “has got her groove back…[T]he singer/dancer/actress/entrepreneur channels the J.Lo of the early aughts, tackling love as a phenomenon that's always evolving, growing, fading and rife for debate.”
Have you heard the album? What’s your verdict?
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