[Album Review] Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Love?’ Fails To Define Itself; Falls Short Of Greatness
One thing’s for sure, if you’re [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm] people are going to pay attention to your every move. From the early onset of her career, the women managed to figure out how to make the media care what she’s up to.
Although she’s equal parts American Idol judge, mother, actress and pop star, nothing’s changed. If anything, her life has intensified, which we’d hoped would fuel the efforts behind Lopez’s seventh studio album Love?
However, it seems all the production, all the life experience and the biggest fan base in the world couldn’t clean up the discombobulated tracks that make up Love?
It’s not that the songs are bad–’cause they’re not. In fact, a shining example of what Lopez is capable of is the lead single “On The Floor. ” It’s the perfect girl power anthem that forces you to get up and dance no matter what your mood is. This paves the way for the real problem with the album–it’s got a complete identity crisis.
Love? is unsure if it’s a dance album or a collection of ballads. Sadly, it’s both and ends up feeling like a poorly put together mixtape of your favorite artist.
At this point in the game, Lopez should have been able to self-edit, knowing that she’s always had major hits with dance music because her core audience loves when she gets up and moves.
Still, the trick of artistry has gotten the best of her, as it’s obvious that in an attempt to show personal growth as a woman, wife, mother and singer she lost herself.