J.Lo fans deserve better
YP cadet Jocelyn Wong
Jennifer Lopez's Love? is an attempt at redeeming herself after two less-than-stellar performances on the album charts. But it does not showcase her singing abilities. Most of the songs are overworked, sounding heavily auto-tuned with heavy beats.
The track (What Is) Love? is annoying with its instrumentals and orchestration. Other songs such as Good Hit and I'm Into You are generic, rap-with-sporadic-moments-of-singing tunes that deserve only a lukewarm reception.
Papi is the one redeeming feature in this otherwise dismal album. Here, a glimmer of the old feisty songstress is seen with her confident and flirty delivery of what are, in fact, shallow lyrics. But it's catchy and will get people to 'put [their] hands up in the air' and 'dance for [their] papi'.
Other fairly decent choices in the album include Invading My Mind and Starting Over, which detail J.Lo in hot pursuit of a relationship. Though burdened with the same trite lyrics, the music is less overworked - and the simplicity makes these tracks shine among the clutter.
In a departure from her past albums, Lopez strays from her Spanish roots and edges towards a commercial, heavy sound that has boosted the likes of Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. However, the music is so stripped down, beaten and over-edited that it will leave fans of the original Jenny from the Block disappointed.