Brave

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Since her marriage to Latin-pop king Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez has dropped her J. Lo moniker and, in contrast to the chaos she once caused on the red carpet as half of the Benifer couple, has kept a relatively low profile. As evidenced by Brave's first single, the frenetic "Do It Well," la Lopez has returned to the dance-pop music that made her famous. According to MTV.com, fans of Lopez's classic dance singles like "Waiting for Tonight," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," and "Get Right" should prepare to start moving to new hits like "Hold It Don't Drop It."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Brave follows Como Ama una Mujer, Jennifer Lopez's ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Since her marriage to Latin-pop king Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez has dropped her J. Lo moniker and, in contrast to the chaos she once caused on the red carpet as half of the Benifer couple, has kept a relatively low profile. As evidenced by Brave's first single, the frenetic "Do It Well," la Lopez has returned to the dance-pop music that made her famous. According to MTV.com, fans of Lopez's classic dance singles like "Waiting for Tonight," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," and "Get Right" should prepare to start moving to new hits like "Hold It Don't Drop It."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
Billboard - Kerri Mason
"Do It Well" has one of her signature hip-hop breakdowns, "Forever" is harem R&B like Beyoncé's "Baby Boy," and "Gotta Be There" samples a helium-ed Michael Jackson and references the hip-hop dancefloor burner "Puerto Rico."

"Do It Well" has one of her signature hip-hop breakdowns, "Forever" is harem R&B like Beyoncé's "Baby Boy," and "Gotta Be There" samples a helium-ed Michael Jackson and references the hip-hop dancefloor burner "Puerto Rico."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 827969775424
  • Catalog Number: 97754
  • Sales rank: 29,715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stay Together (3:30)
  2. 2 Forever (3:39)
  3. 3 Hold It Don't Drop It (3:55)
  4. 4 Do It Well (3:05)
  5. 5 Gotta Be There (3:57)
  6. 6 Never Gonna Give Up (4:21)
  7. 7 Mile in These Shoes (3:16)
  8. 8 The Way It Is (3:07)
  9. 9 Be Mine (3:19)
  10. 10 I Need Love (3:52)
  11. 11 Wrong When You're Gone (3:58)
  12. 12 Brave (4:21)
  13. 13 Do It Well - Ludacris (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jennifer Lopez Primary Artist
Larry Gold Conductor
Peter Wade Synthesizer, Guitar
William Garrett Keyboards
Monique Williams Background Vocals
Michelle Bell Background Vocals
Pedro Alfonso Violin, Viola
Peter Wade Keusch Synthesizer
Keri Hilson Background Vocals
Josh McDonnell Guitar
Candice Nelson Background Vocals
Chasity Nwagbara Background Vocals
Sizzler Ponderosa Background Vocals
Chasity Wagbara Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Clutch Producer
Big D Producer
Leonard Caston Composer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
John Hill Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Leon Ware Composer
Peter Wade Programming
Corey Rooney Executive Producer, Brass Arrangment, Vocal Producer
William Garrett Engineer
Anita Poree Composer
Arthur Ross Composer
Janet Sewell Composer
Balewa Muhammad Composer
Jennifer Lopez Composer, Executive Producer
Jim Annunziato Engineer
Julio C. Reyes Engineer, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Alec Deruggiero Engineer
Caleb Shreve Composer
Henrik Jonback Composer
Philosophy Producer
Peter Wade Keusch Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Keri Hilson Composer
Bruce Waynne Producer, Engineer
Ryan Tedder Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
José Juan Sánchez Engineer
Chuck Brody Producer
J.R. Rotem Composer
Josh McDonnell Engineer
Corey Stocker Engineer
Candice Nelson Composer
Warren "Oak" Felder Producer
Travis Cherry Producer
Michelle Lynn Bell Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Hit Boy Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Chasity Nwagbara Composer
Pontus Winnberg Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This CD is a great one i love it a lot. High-Tempo is the thing we it come to this album. I love it. I wasn't much of a fan but after this album, i guess i am. The first track are good, then it keeps on getting better. And, the slow song almost at the end of this album is amazing. wow! I'm loving it. Everyone should try it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I love the new cd and all that Jennifer is saying about herself. She reads deep into a womans soul, a woman who has experienced life and is learning from it. I am really happy for her and this exciting time in her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Listener

    This album is so much better than the her last one. There are much more dance type sytle in some of the songs. I like the song Brave. This album is a good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the Same J.Lo!

    This album is so disappointing and had it not been for her ultra-hyped release "Doing it Well," I would've given her 1 star! There are no songs from this album but the one that makes you want to even seat-dance while driving along in your car. My heavily awaited anticipation has been sourly crushed.

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    Posted December 10, 2008

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