Same Old Song And Dance
With Rebirth, her fourth album, Jennifer Lopez continues her exercises in vanity and paycheck gathering â€šÃ„Ã¬ otherwise known as her career. It isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t very clear exactly where or how her rebirth came about, since sheâ€šÃ„Ã´s still peddling useless, shallow ballads interspersed with dance tracks and guest spots from famous friends. The love songs are hollow-tipped and ring completely false. Lopezâ€šÃ„Ã´s weak voice is not meant for these types of ballads, especially the high drama in â€šÃ„Ãº(Canâ€šÃ„Ã´t Believe) This Is Me.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The orchestral accompaniment on the track only highlights Lopezâ€šÃ„Ã´s lack of vocal talent. Where was Simon Cowell when he could have actually done some good?
At times it can be fun to speculate which lyrics are directed at Lopezâ€šÃ„Ã´s infamous ex-fiancâˆšÂ©eâ€šÃ„Ã´s – until one remembers thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s so 2003. Plus most of the remotely confessional songs are at the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s end, and itâ€šÃ„Ã´s difficult to make it that far without hitting the stop button.
None of this will matter to diehard JLo fans, but listeners who come just to dance would be smart to stick to her periodically released remixes. The one bright spot on the album is the remix of â€šÃ„ÃºGet Right,â€šÃ„Ã¹ featuring Fabolous. The horn line sounds different than other dance singles being put out, and the track is excellently arranged for maximum club play. Unfortunately there is nothing else redeeming about this album.
ame Lopez is at her strongest when she lets talented producers lay down strong beats with a fun factor that outweighs her lack of talent. She knows what will make fans move their ass, but unfortunately on Rebirth Lopez continues to instead focus on indulging her love for love. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s boring already.