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Album Review

Brave follows Como Ama una Mujer, Jennifer Lopez's first Spanish-language album, by a matter of seven months — a quick follow-up by any measure, but perhaps one that reflects the lack of buzz Como created. On paper, Brave should be the polar opposite of its immediate predecessor — it's in English where the other was in Spanish, that album was moody and dramatic, this is light and peppy — but despite these superficial differences, the two albums have a number of similarities, chief among them that they are the work of a woman settled and happy in her marriage. Jennifer kicks off the album with "Stay Together," an anthem of monogamy where she declares that heartbreak and dating are so passé, that toughing it out is the new trend, and the rest of the record kind of plays off that theme, as nights out on the town are traded for cozy nights at home. While Lopez may have domesticity on her mind, Brave is still a dance album, filled with bright beats and happy hooks, but this isn't music for clubbing, it's dance music for home, maybe background music for some chores. As such, it doesn't sound fresh — there's nothing that reflects any current dance trends, not even a passing nod at Justin Timberlake's neo-electro or crunk — it sounds stuck in 1999, when J-Lo released her first album, or perhaps even in 1989, when she was a Fly Girl on In Living Color. It's the sound of a housewife looking back and remembering when things were a bit more carefree — it's nostalgia, but tempered with happiness, since she's perfectly content with where she's at now. So, Brave is comfortable, it doesn't try too hard, it doesn't have many surprises, but it's cheerful and not without its charms, as it's a throwback that's done without a hint of self-consciousness or irony. It's nothing more than modest music for mellow good times, but it's lively enough to be fleeting fun, with enough good tunes for a mild party, preferably one that's held at home.

Customer Reviews

Not so brave....

Well, you can't say the girl is unambitious. JLO is one of these celebrities that is mediocre at ALOT of different things - she's an OK singer, a decent dancer, a better than average clothing fashionista/fragrance designer, and a mildy entertaining actress. Problem is, she has never excelled much over most of her competition in any of the areas she's chosen to delve into. That said - there is something ever so slightly refreshing on this album than past JLO efforts, granted it is no "On the 6." At first listen to the whole album, it is blatantly obvious she has played one too many spins of Madonna's "Confessions on a dancefloor." That isn't such a bad thing though, b/c "Confessions" was a great dance record. So if you're a female and are going to imitate someone's dance music, guess it should be Madonna, right? The stand out songs for me were numbers: 1, 2, 4, and 12. The rest sound thrown together sloppily. If you're looking for something "Brave" in terms of sound, lyrics, etc. you won't find it here since most of Jennifer's career endeavors have stressed quantity over quality.

Turning a New Leaf

I must say that I wasn't a real J-Lo fan. Now, it wasn't that she couldn't sing or entertain...we know she can do that...but it was the production. I felt whoever was on the production end just didn't give her what she needed. This time, I think I feel Jenny a little more...yes, people, it's an upgrade!!! Almost all the tracks are produced beautiifully and make you want to see J. in a concert or video to match the elegance, glamour and vivacity of her song and voice! Yeah, sometimes when an artist has taken a break sometimes people become complacent with what has been a trend...but trust me....go ahead and try this one out, It'll be like turning a new leaf!

The Return of Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez's last two english albums (Rebirth & This Is Me...Then) were not nearly as good as her first two (On The 6 & JLo). With this new album she finally delivers an album that can measure up to her first two albums. Every single song is unique and original in its own way, and is unlike anything that is being played on today's radio. I also approve the amount of dance tracks that are on this album but even the slow songs such as "Wrong When You're Gone" and "Never Gonna Give Up" are amazing. My favorite songs: -Stay Together -Forever -Hold It Don't Drop It -Do It Well -Never Gonna Give Up -Mile In These Shoes -Wrong When You're Gone


Born: July 24, 1969 in The Bronx, New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez was born in the Bronx, New York, on July 24, 1969; after starting out in musical theater as a child, she made her film debut at age 16 in the little-seen My Little Girl, but her career then stalled until she was tapped to become one of the dancing "Fly Girls" on the television sketch comedy series In Living Color. A recurring role on the TV drama Second Chances followed before Lopez was thrust into the limelight co-starring with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in the...
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