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On the 6
     

On the 6

by Jennifer Lopez
 

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Actress Jennifer Lopez's debut recording isn't the usual Hollywood vanity project. Before her current role as bombshell du jour, she trained as a singer and dancer (and landed a gig as a Fly Girl on "In Living Color"). And although Lopez has starred in "Out of Sight," "Money Train," and "Selena," she isn't coming from Tinseltown on this recording. The title of the

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Actress Jennifer Lopez's debut recording isn't the usual Hollywood vanity project. Before her current role as bombshell du jour, she trained as a singer and dancer (and landed a gig as a Fly Girl on "In Living Color"). And although Lopez has starred in "Out of Sight," "Money Train," and "Selena," she isn't coming from Tinseltown on this recording. The title of the album, ON THE 6, refers to the subway line Lopez took to and from auditions while growing up in the Bronx, and the songs play like her account of her favorites and influences. That means the '80s and the Latin- and hip-hop-tinged dance-pop of groups like Exposé, the Cover Girls, and, most importantly, Lisa Lisa. Lopez calls her music "Latin soul," and there are elements of both styles on this engaging recording. Rodney Jerkins produced the single "If You Had My Love," which bears his trademark combination of high gloss and easygoing bounce, while Latin superstar Marc Anthony joins Lopez on "No Me Ames." On the hip-hop tip, "Feelin' So Good" features rhymes by Big Punisher and Fat Joe, and the track was produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. Other big-time producers like the Trackmasters and Emilio Estefan contribute to the recording, but they never upstage the star, who shows throughout that she's a singer, not an actress trying to sing.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Jennifer Lopez's debut album, On the 6, showcases the actress' sultry, versatile voice in a number of settings, including pop ballads, Latin pop, and R&B. Star producers like Sean "Puffy" Combs, Trackmasters, and Emilio Estefan, Jr. lend their talents to the album, making On the 6 a perfectly polished and varied album, which features a musical blend Lopez calls "Latin soul." Smooth ballads such as "Should've Never," "Too Late," "Could This Be Love," and "No Me Ames," a duet with Latin superstar Marc Anthony, dominate the album's first half; while these songs show off the gentler side of Lopez's vocal gifts, they tend to sound too similar. It's on the R&B and Latin-tinged tracks where Lopez really shines. Along with the insistent first single "If You Had My Love," cuts like "Feelin' So Good" and "Let's Get Loud" have a fiery, soulful sound more in keeping with Lopez's public persona. On the 6's second half capitalizes on this spicy, upbeat side, particularly on "Waiting for Tonight" and "Open off My Love," which draws inspiration from rap, R&B, and Latin styles with its sparse arrangement of horns, keyboards, and beats. The tropical remix of "No Me Ames" and "Una Noche Mas," the Spanish version of "Waiting for Tonight," emphasize Lopez's distinctive heritage, which elevates On the 6 from a star's vanity project to an individual but accessible work of pop songcraft by a widely talented performer.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2010
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886976882129
catalogNumber:
768821
Rank:
24474

Tracks

  1. If You Had My Love
  2. Should've Never
  3. Too Late
  4. Feelin' So Good
  5. Let's Get Loud
  6. Could This Be Love
  7. No Me Ames
  8. Waiting For Tonight
  9. Open Off My Love
  10. Promise Me You'll Try
  11. It's Not That Serious
  12. Talk About Us
  13. No Me Ames
  14. Una Noche Más

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