This is me..then
This is me then – Jennifer Lopez Between her first and second albums, Jennifer Lopez moved from sharp hip-hop to a slicker sound that captured the sass and heat of the streets, thanks mainly to the production acumen of her erstwhile boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs. On her third album, This Is Me … Then, Lopez shows she’s just as facile as her ex in changing names as well as musical personas. She abandons the impish J-Lo moniker for a more benign, and less interesting, Jenny, who makes an appearance on “Jenny from the Block.” Here, Lopez insists she is still the same down-to-earth girl who emerged from the Bronx a decade before mega-stardom hit: “I used to have a little/ Now I have a lot,” she chirps before cautioning, “Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got/ I’m still Jenny from the block.” The claim stretches credibility given her well-documented status as a diva, but “Jenny” shows more pizzazz and humor on the album than anything else, except for her saucy duet with LL Cool J on “All I Have.” Elsewhere, the album–which includes nine songs cowritten by Lopez–serves up a recycled paean to ’70s soul, an anemic cover of Carly Simon‘s vituperative “You Belong to Me,” and cloying ballads inspired by her new fiancé, actor Ben Affleck. Lopez dedicated the disc to the actor and includes a far-too-personal and gooey love song to him titled “Dear Ben.” In it, she declares: “You’ll always be my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend and my king.” There’s plenty of love here, but what’s missing is the verve and crackle of Lopez’s earlier stuff. –Jaan Uhelszki
  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006RIO8



One thought on “This is me..then

Để lại phản hồi