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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"Villain" is feel good song...love the lyric 'overdose on your own medicine!'. "What is Love" shows us a women can become frustrated finding good love nowadays. "Beats No More" reminds me of the good and the bad I have had. "Starting Over" shows us how most women want relationship happiness. "One Love" is about love in her life, and I care. Obviously the haters care, they seem to be her biggest followers in all JLo related blogs. "Run the World," is not deep but is hopeful. "Invading My Mind," "Papi, and "Hypnotico" don't say much but are good fun. "Good Hit" is definetly auto tune and has no content. I use to think "On The Floor" was auto tuned, but she just sang it live on American Idol and rocked it. "Charge Me Up" reminds me too much of Britney. Not a fan of "Take Care" and "I'm Into You." And "Everybody's Girl" shows us it's hard to live in the spot light. And for all you cold hearted haters, yeah I know she could never be a finalist for American Idol. ;) If you like R&B/Pop, I recommend you take your time to listen to it. I think you will like it, don't believe the reviews written by the musically acclaimed. Enjoy it and have fun.
I love the album!!!! Only young people will understand this album not nobody over 30 years of age :)
JLo is a beautiful queen! I am a woman and completely mesmorized by her beauty. Rock on girl! Who cares about the haters? You're doing great. Amazing how many evil wishers are out there hating on you, envying your man and just wishing they had your life. Go on girl...keep soaring above and God bless you!
Good album and f@!k the haters jennifer !!! Ciao
It's nice to find so many perfect people on this blog. It's fine to have your opinion regarding JLo, but why do you have to be so degrading and sarcastic in your opinions. It only show your level of intellect.
@icantbelieve... are you not aware the the R.....d word is no longer acceptable in the English language. It falls in the same category as the "N" word. If you "don't care" about JLo, then why are some of you even taking the time to leave a comment. Are you that bored?
Personally, I like JLo, so I won't add anymore sarcasm, some of you are doing just fine on your own. Grow Up and Mature. You learn more from listening than talking...hint, hint. I will now make my exit.
The album is actually pretty good regardless to what critics may say. It's one of her best. I love it!
I completely agree with u. Its grea dance album. I think this is her best album to date. Its just crazy how she's being critized for her vocals but Britney n Ke$ha music is loaded with auto tunes n sells millions of records. Another thing people mention her age as if she's ancient. Look at Madonna, shes stills making great dance music.
@sunshine girl* I'm ok how have you been? J lo has looks and a nice body but thats it
She is great ! Been a fan over 17 yrs. Her spotlight never got dim. She took a break to care 4 her twins.
I luv jlo so much, she relly makes me proud to be mexican and I love her new song down on da floor it's such a good song and all of you haders are just jelus becuz you cant sing like jlo or look as pretty as she is!!!!! She is my idol and I will be like her
Are you a retarddddd?....gees is one thing to like her music ,ass and such but to go all out like you just did is. Fkkkn weird
U probably hate mexicans huh.. Jlo would never dicsrimate you so why are you bein so mean ? She is one of the richest people in the world!!! Abs you are probably working at mcdonols!! I a proud Mexican and I will be her after year is over or too. Watch me! Mary sanchez
lol @ your comment @ I cant believe its not butter...u go girl!!..I luv JLO alot as well..though I am Indian...but there is huge fan following for her in our community as well..I totally into her album..
haters go on hating...who cares what you guyz think :)
Take your top off and show us those spanish babyfeeders darn it
JLo is a joke anyone could be pretty with tons on make up and plactic surgery. About her music is all thanks to plactic surgery. She might be pretty physically now, inside she's ugly an human. I don't have respect for woman who are part adultery everyone forgets how she was involved with her current husband while he was married to exwife.. Poor lady she was pregnant while he an jlo where jerking together. That's jlo and there is karma out there! Please, admired someone who has respect and contributes our world with knowledge and sometime constructive to our society. Those who are fans get a life. Money doesn't give class. She has no class or Honor. Like we said in spanish (aunque la mona se vista con seda mona se queda).
i saw it with mine own eyes. what a happy horse he was i tell yous.
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No talent as an actress or singer but her management is fantastic to get her the $$$$ for selling overpriced products to young hispanic females. What happened to the blatent copyright ripoff of her songs from others? Wash off the make up and pull the wigs and she is a very plain looking 'rican.
She can not sing without the help of technology
@Angel: JLo rules your world? what a sad, pitiful existence you must lead! Will JLo allow you to turn off the CAPS?
You're obviously a (and the) minority. "JLo" is both a terrible actress and singer! And personally you can both can new jack swing from my nuts!
And the verdict is, (drum roll)...WHO CARES!?
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Its ok but not her best. Jen miight be out of tune of the newer generation of 2011 the younger crowd
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A friend of mine bought it & we listened to it all..... She wants her money back! J. Hoe can't sing maybe she needs to get on the new TV show "The Voice" and have Christina Aguilera be her voice coach!
Derrick u r so right brother j lo rocks these people r envious
I gotta say this CD is full of club bangers and I am pretty sure she's going to do really good in sales. Yes she doesn't have no Mariah Carey or Beyonce pipes but she's a great performer. I rather hear her than Britney. I think she's a great judge on idol n a great mentor for the contestants. I'm sure when she gives advise she thinks of all the negative things that have been said, for example, the comments on this blog, lol. She's the perfect example of not giving up on your dreams. Now the ones upon a time back up dancer is worth over 150 million dollars. Look who's laughing her way to the bank.
I think she is a beautiful woman. Very nice body. Jlo has very little talent, with the right producer.she can shine well.
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I actually Love this album. Although i havent listen to every single song fully yet it has some great hits such as papi and into you. I felt jlo came back with this album deff better than the last 2 albums!
JLO IS KILLING IT WITH THIS ALBUM!!!!!! SHE BRINGS DANCE POP/ELECTRO BEATS/ BALLADS/R & B/ AND SOME WONDERFUL MESSAGES....TO ALL THE HATERS OUT THERE.......GET A LIFE AS SUCCESSFUL AS JLO AND THEN YOU CAN CRITICIZE HER ALL YOU WANT!!!!!! JLO RULES MY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You've got to be kidding me. I find it funny that people can trash j.Lo and focus on her voice. Most of these critics are the same ones that bash j.Lo but praise every Brine Spears album. I don't know why her voice is always talked about. She's an awesome entertainer that makes great pop and performs well. Her voice is fine for the music she makes.
I listen to Lopez for good pop. If I wanted soaring vocals I'd out on Mariah or Whitney. Like Janet Jackson and Madonna, I expect good pop. None of these women have amazing vocals but the music fits their.voice. Same goes with music's current IT girl raking in her multiple #1s, Rihanna.
Lopez's new album is her best in years. I've listened to this album critically and I like it. It's one of the best pop/dance releases of the year so far. And I'm not 16 because I live all types of music in various decades.
Just because it may not be your cup of tea doeant mean its a bad album. 4/5 stars for its category. The Billboard review was accurate. Rolling Stone lost its credibility years ago and all the other reviews are entertainment, not music sources so who cares.
Lopez sings with raw emotion and who better to discuss the concept of Love than Aphrodite herself who's had multiple public relationships before being happily settled than La Lopez herself. And the production is top notch with good dance, and pop tracks.
AMAZING ANALYSIS. I have yet to read a response sooo genuine and unbiased. :)
I doubt she slobbed the knob of a horse but she definitely married a horse face. That mark anthony looks like he got kicked in the face by a horse. Drop that loser and I will pound that nice pooper of yours!!
I am a chubby lezbo and other than pumpin jlo's big ol booty with a strap-on, I iz lookin for some butch dykos! C'mon all u nasty boygirlz! The more manly features, the better! I will slam your hairy box!!
Haven't heard CD, only On the Floor which is what I'd expect From J Lo! I dont know what methods people use to judge her, but I use her past efforts & her category! What I'm hearing is pure Jennifer Lopes renewed & kicked up a notch. She can compare to Gaga& Janet, but not to Mariah or Christina. She's safe pop, not much into inovation & taking that into consideration I give her effort a 3 star!
I think that Jennifer Lopez in one of the most beautiful, gifted and genuine celebrities in the world today. She is kind, her new album is great and I think she has helped bring American Idol back from being so-so to a show now worth watching. Her comments and emotions are real She is the real thing and we are blessed to have someone with her ability and integrity as a role model for young people everywhere.
She's from New York.. Entertainment capital of the world...shes gorgeous and has a reputation as a High-Vis celebrity..once you get to that status, you will always have a fan base... that fan base will perpetuate her fame even more by comparing and contrasting her relevance.. everyone who has commented fits the mold of an ordianary everyday J-Lo fanatic..who went out of there way to leave a comment about her which breathes more life into her overall following.. if you really think she sucks.. ignore her efforts to re-establish herself..or join the fan club!
I CANT STAND HER VOICE. Shes annoying.
... But you love her a$$!
J-Lo's music career is all washed up.I havn't heard her new CD but i'm sure it's garbage.All she has going for her is American Idol and that wonderful backside.Simple and plain!
10 dollar voice, 100 dollar a$$, great manager, and totally gullible fans.
I am sincerely shocked that some of the critic's reviews on the album are bad! I am a diehard jlo fan and have been one from the beginning and I honestly think its her best album to date!! No personality? Every single song on this cd is about love and I think she tackles most of the questions we have about it. Maybe its because all the songs have a banging dance beat? I mean... I don't know. But this album is soooooo goood!!!!! Maybe the critics are expecting her to make music catered to 40 year olds because thats her age, but this album is made for people who appreciate youthfulness, who can listen to the words of a dance song, and who quite simply just loves dance! :D Total recommend!!!
Dude are you gay?....if you are saying no than I'm sure you are a closet case......chingao
Does anyone remember when she was a 'fly-girl' on 'In Living Color'??? I don't know how you go from being a background dancer to making lousy music and bad movies-over and over again. (Check out 'Maid in Manhattan' or 'Monster-in-Law' and see if your not confused as to how she manages to KEEP making movies opposite REAL actors). I think her main a$$et is obvious...and in this world all you need is a big a$$ and a great promoter to keep the gigs coming.
Its a mans world sweet heart and you are living in it....man don't care if you can sing......even if you can sing we are just watching your fun bags and your asssss.....no joke....lol
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and I know what I want on my plate ! J LO !
I have been a fan a jlo since selena and have liked her first couple cds, hated the middle ones, loved the brave cd. Now that this one is out I really like it. Has some good tracks to dance and jam out too. Some aren't my favorite but some ill been enjoying for a while. Its true she doesn't have the best voice out there but she is an awesome performer.
Why do these people have so many guest stars and collaborators on their albums? Because it takes that many people to gather enough IQ points to work the equipment. LAME & SHODDY! NOT WORTH 50 CENT!
Hey, leave 50 Cent out of this one!
How could they release this now when she is riding so high off idol? Music shouldn't be boring. She should have come new like Jessie J!
Not her best album but definitely has a 4 key singles (out of 18) that are worthwhile and chart noteworthy: On The Floor, Good Hit, I'm Into You and Run The World.
I am in lesbian love ! She is incredible !
She's no one to be a "judge" when she can't even sing well outside the studio.it's seems to me like everything she does is for the money.and it seems to me like she envys the final to girls on AI because they have actual talent and not only that but they enjoy doing it.SHE'S PRETTY BUT BORING AND FAKE.
Are you fknnnn serious?.really?lol.........who don't want money?all woman see a man with lots of money and they are ready to bend it over no matter how but ugly he is ,,,just ask donald TRUMP.....
The album is alright. I feel like there are a couple of songs that seem kind of outdated. They're just straight up urban songs and that trend has kind of passed. Like "I'm Into You" and "Run the World." But there are also plenty of good songs on the album. "Invading my Mind" is a perfect example, but I guess that's just what happens when you put Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and RedOne together on production. This album really proves that RedOne is a superior producer to most of them out there, as if it wan't already proven by his work with Lady Gaga. And, just a suggestion, the bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition are worth the extra money.
Yesss I agree!!! Usually the bonus tracks are wack but the deluxe version has these good bonus songs that I would even probably replace with some of the original tracks.
and then another time i watched her make pee pee at a busstop in birmingham. swear to god.
Geez, I gotta visit the this town...
she is a talented artist.
That album blows! If she didn't have the name, this album would have a difficult time selling. But now that she has revived her career with AI, this will sell like cupcakes to all the folks who still don't realize how much of a phony she is.
Hate to admit it. But you are probably right. Listened to some of the songs and they are mediocre at best. But I am sure that will be more than enough for the average idol watcher.
she isnt 41
Deport her for lying
JLo is 42 on July 24, 2011
She's a fake, a fraud and a phony. She can't sing without electronic enhancing. And she has to be shot through filters to look glamourous. Her Diva demands show her for what she truly is. Why do some of you need to worship someone like this? She's pathetic.
Couldn't agree more.
Its funny how all these ugly woman are useing male names and nick names to dog on j lo....no man is going to dog on a fine asssss woman like that....lol funny
I wouldnt mind taking a pee pee in her mouth.
For years my impression of j lo was that of a ditsy female then i watched idol with her on it and man was i wrong actually i think paula could take some lessons from her i dont think its any coincidence that its the best group of singers since that show started you just keep leading these young singers j lo luve ya rock on
Well, you aren't really setting the bar too high if you just compare her to Paula Abdul. I think you over estimate the influence the judges have on idol picking "talent". The judges don't really come in till the very end when the 60,000 applicants have already been filtered through.
Billboard's review is the only credible one. I suggest that you buy this album, you won't be disappointed. LOVE? is finally here, its been a highly anticipated album. Personally, I am in love with this album. "Until it Beats no More," "(What is) LOVE?," "Take Care," "Run the World", they're all great songs. It's amazing album. "Until It Beats No More" is full of raw emotion, as is "(What is) LOVE? And yes there are a lot of dance-beats, but this is a dance-album! Hello!? And there are some fabulous dance songs, seriously. It's been a long time coming, the final product is a very well produced album and I'm glad that I now have it in my hands. I suggest that you buy this album, you won't be disappointed.
I need to correct you on this one – bought the album and I am more than disappointed. The only use I have for this CD is as a coaster – and it's not even great for that.
How old are you? 16?
LoL... Sam I completely agree with you!! And how old are you, blah? 63? Why are you trying to hate on somebody's youthfulness. Oh, and Im 24 if you were wondering. :)
Blah you suck! Quit the hatennnnn
Sam & Cesar are the same person. Stop coming on here and posting the same crap and just changing your name. J-Lo is talentless b!t*h with an awful voice and a dumpy body. She only care about herself. How can she judge american idol if all the contestants have more talent than she does?
She just keeps getting more beautiful with age!
JLo needs to hook up with the right producers. It looks like she hooked up with pitbull on this one. Let her have hooked up with any of the Hip Hop greats I guarantee this album would be a hit with everyone. Just looked on iTunes and she had 4 out of 5 stars so the fans have a different opinion than the media outlets.
Yes I agree",,,,, she needs to hook up with a guy who is packing ,like me........lol
Who cares about her music? I just love to see that rump shaking!
I agree.....why are all these over weight white woman hateing on fine asssss j lo....quit it! If you want to look like that big ladys get off the couch ,clean the house and go do some jognnnn and when you get back home clean the house again,,,,,don't just sit and watch the young and the restless or jerry springer all day long...gees
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I've been a fan of Jennifer Lopez way before she started singing. 1996 I believe was the year I became infatuated with her, I wasn't even 6 at the time. When her acting and singing career kicked off, I followed her further more. LOVE? her album, I have been anticipating it since 2008 when it was announced that a greatest hits album was going to be released. Then she finally announced an album in 2009, but plans fell through. Now, 2011, LOVE? is finally here, its been a highly anticipated album. Personally, I am in love with this album. "Until it Beats no More," "(What is) LOVE?," "Take Care," "Run the World", they're all great songs. If one listens to the lyrical content rather than just focus on the beat of song, it's amazing album. "Until It Beats No More" is full of raw emotion, as is "(What is) LOVE? I agree, it is filled with dance beats and all, though this is what it was meant to be. It's been a long time coming, the final product is a very well produced album and I'm glad that I now have it in my hands. I suggest that you buy this album, you won't be disappointed.
Are you serious? You need to get out more and experience reality.
You are the proof that the 90's completely sucked for music!!!!
Long live Nirvana...
I'm so sorry that you are deaf.
I agree..I love this album..there are some great tracks on it...!
Havent heard her new album. Dont listen to that type of music. But I did see her newest video on American Idol. She looks great in it. I guess its good if your into that kind of thing.
And what kind of thing is that? That bigoooo asssss of hers?....man j los is super hot I would deffenetly flip it up and rubbbb it down with baby oil : )
Couldn't stand her back then, can't imagine she's gotten any better now.
Never liked her from day one. Jenny your 15 minutes are over please get the HELL OUT!
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