This Is Me...Then

This Is Me...Then

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by Jennifer Lopez
     
 

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In the liner notes for her third disc, Jennifer Lopez writes that making This Is Me...Then will "always represent a time in my life where I finally started to get it right." Fans will hope that's not wishful thinking from a star as famous for her turbulent romantic escapades as she is for her music and acting career. It's anybody's guess whether or not

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In the liner notes for her third disc, Jennifer Lopez writes that making This Is Me...Then will "always represent a time in my life where I finally started to get it right." Fans will hope that's not wishful thinking from a star as famous for her turbulent romantic escapades as she is for her music and acting career. It's anybody's guess whether or not Lopez's impending marriage (her third in less than five years) to actor and People magazine–dubbed "Sexiest Man Alive" Ben Affleck will last longer than her volatile courtship with rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs (three years) or her marriage to dancer Chris Judd (nine months), but one thing's for certain. The 11 glowing tracks on This Is Me...Then, penned in part by Lopez, were written by a woman in love. In fact, all but two of the songs -- the upbeat "Still," curiously about a love Lopez once "big pimped" around town with, and Carly Simon's "You Belong to Me" -- seem to have been inspired by her relationship with Affleck. For sure, Lopez may be more adept at writing sugar-and-spice ballads such as the confessional "Dear Ben" and the gushing "Again" than she is at actually singing them. Her sincerity compensates for what she lacks in vocal range, and she shines best on hip-hop-guided tracks such as the LL Cool J–assisted "All I Have," which samples Debra Laws's R&B classic "Very Special." On the Latin-tinged "I'm Glad," the boricua beauty exclaims, "I think I'm in love. Damn, finally!" While her wedding planner will be sorry to hear that, adoring fans will rejoice right along with their "Jenny from the Block."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Don't pay attention to the title, which is absolutely nonsensical and bewildering -- it suggests that This Is Me...Then is a compilation, which it isn't, and it also suggests that this has some sort of theme, which it doesn't -- and concentrate on the music, which is the strongest, sultriest, best music Jennifer Lopez (who has abandoned the moniker J-Lo) has recorded for any of her three albums. This, of course, doesn't mean that it's a radical musical departure, though there are differences here -- the glitzy dance-pop has been phased out, there's a stronger urban soul vibe, particularly on the lush surfaces and sexy grooves -- but it does mean that the album has a solid set of songs and a sharp production pitched directly at the mainstream of 2002, yet with nice allusions to classic soul and early-'80s pop-funk and soft rock. Since Lopez is a celebrity and a regular feature on gossip pages in the early days of the 21st century, and since she's unabashedly mainstream -- her only attempts at street-cred are on the laughable lyrics to "Jenny From the Block," where she insists that success hasn't spoiled her yet and she's the same ol' Jen she's always been (if so, why the paparazzi on the back cover?) -- it's easy for some listeners to dismiss her, but it's harder to make to make a pop album as easily enjoyable as this. Sure, there are some flaws -- as mentioned above, "Jenny From the Block" is silly and no matter how much you love Ben Affleck, "Dear Ben" is unbearably mawkish -- but all mainstream pop albums stumble through filler. What counts is the overall feel and the highlights. Here, the feel is sexy, stylish, and fun, and there are numerous highlights, all feeling effortless. And if you think that's easy to do, take a listen to a few other pop-R&B albums from late 2002 (Stripped and Charmbracelet come to mind) and hear how good this record is.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998623125
catalogNumber:
86231

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Lopez   Primary Artist
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar
Verdine White   Bass
Larry Gold   Conductor
Omar Hakim   Drums
Kamil Rustam   Electric Guitar
Billy Lawrence   Background Vocals
Corey Rooney   Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals
B Money   scratching
Natasha Ramos   Background Vocals
Makeba Riddick   Background Vocals
Reggie Hamlet   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Dan Shea   Programming,Producer
DJ Ron G.   Producer
Loren Hill   Producer
Kevin Veney   Producer
Corey Rooney   Producer,Executive Producer
Troy Oliver   Producer,drum programming
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Jon Kaplan   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Rob Williams   Engineer
José Miguel Sánchez   Engineer
Jennifer Lopez   Executive Producer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Lawrence Fordyce   Producer,Remixing
Davy Deluge   Programming,Producer
Rich Shelton   Producer
Peter Wade Keusch   Engineer
Reggie Hamlet   Producer

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This Is Me...Then 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally don't agree with all who say that her album isn't good. I think it's the best she's done( the first was good, the second was a garbage(sorry)), it's full of joy, and some songs sound like the old soul musics of the 70's . It's sure she hasn't got the voice of Withney (sorry fot mariah, but she has lost her talent in the same time of the bottom of her skirts...) but she is good in what she does and she doesn't pretend to be a diva!!!a bad point :she should try not to show her private life like that
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Have to say that this album is Jennifers worst album okey she is not Mariah Carey or Celine Dion she is a Rn´B singer and a popdiva with soft voice not powerful as the other 2 have but this album it´s terrible what happened to on the 6 in 1999 or JLO in 2001 the best albums ever jennifer has made this album is not close to her preview albums it stinks. Sorry Jennifer maybe you should try make more POP like Waiting for Tonight and Love Don´t Cost A thing kind of songs it works not the ballads leave them to Mariah or Celine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave it one star because there wasn't a button for zero stars.. I mean yea she's pretty but that doesn't mean we wanna hear her sing.. That's what pisses me off about our younger MTV generation.. Looks first, music and talent last! She can't write, she can't sing.. She's a decent actress (definitely no Meryl Streep) Stick to your acting.. and maybe when you're 50 r 60 and you've perfected your acting chops you might lose in the best actress nominations. (to Meryl Streep) No more music please.. this garbage hurts ears and destroys lives... And that DEAR BEN song is god awful!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE JENNIFER LOPEZ! I think this album is great (as were her past albums). SHE IS AWESOME. She is an excelent actress, singer, performer and dancer. I feel terrible for all these people (mainly women) who put her down (perhaps JEALOUSY ). She has everything going for her. And why shouldn't she ??? She's worked hard and made it happen for herself. It is sad, and I pitty people who love people's misfortunes and who are angered by people's happiness. She's made mistakes like all of us have. The only difference is that she is famous and she gets publicly ridiculed for her mistakes and we don't. People need to lighten up. Her movies are entertaining, and her music soo diverse with so much flavor, to fit any mood your in. I love JLO and Ben together!! JLO rocks; go honey!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I disagree with what some wrote about this album. I was glad there were a few that agreed that this is a great album. I think Jennifer is happy (and who wouldn't be with all that success) and she's just showing us in her music. I'm a huge JLo fan so I may be a little biased, but I didn't find a song I didn't like on the album. No, she's not Mariah and she's not Whitney but, she never said she was. The best song on the album would have to be Michael McDonald's You Belong To Me. She seems to be just a woman comfortable in her skin and I applaud her and the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WHOLE CD IS THE BOMB. I DONT CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT HER OR WHAT THEY SAY SHE IS , YEAH SHE DID MY BOY(P.DIDDY ) A LITTLE DIRTY BUT SHE GOT TO DO WHAT JLO GOT TO DO AND SHES IS DOING IT. FOR ALL YALL HATERS. DONT HATE PATICIPATE
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I've previously stated on other posts it is not for those in a romantic slump. From Boston.com The J.Lo/Ben Affleck love affair has fired up Hollywood, and pop listeners can now share the vibe. This is one hot album, as Jennifer Lopez sings to lovers everywhere with a soulful passion that will quicken pulses and libidos. Her joy radiates from one track after another, from the impressive, Anita Baker-like "The One" ("you have this calming way about you in your touch," she sings) to the outright tribute, "Dear Ben," a sexy ballad with these words: "I love you, you're perfect, a manifestation of my dreams/ I write this song to let you know that you will always be ... my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend, and my king." Cynics may one day look back on this album as phony, but at this moment in time, it all rings true and is the best music that J.Lo has so far released. She co-writes most of the tracks, and many are elegantly framed, especially "I'm Glad" (with classical harp runs atop computer-programmed drums) and the piano ballad "Again," bolstered by acoustic guitar and chimes. The album is filled with tenderness, though there are funky moments in "All I Have" (a duet with LL Cool J), the new single "Jenny From the Block" (with Styles and Jadakiss), and, surprisingly, a cover of Carly Simon's "You Belong to Me," which J.Lo sings with a laudable urgency. If your own romance is on the way up, this album is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer what are you thinking? First off you insult our intelligence stating you are sill "Jenny from the Block. If you were you would know that this weak sounding, shallow record would have not even been sampled at the parties in Park Chester, NY. Go on back to the block.. Jenny. And take those rail thin vocals with you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! This cd is soo good. Jennifer has truely done a wonderful job on this album. I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Lopez. I have all of her albums. SHe is truely a great singer. I love the style of her songs. They are all great. THis is her best one. I love all the songs on this album. Keep up the great work jennifer! I hope that she has another album that will come out. If you are a fan of Jennifer Lopez, this cd is for you. Five stars for a wonderful cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album aw yeah !!!It is awesome. I love especially All I have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was a little surprised when I bought this album. I expected a cd like "J.Lo", but I loved her transformation from hip hop queen to soul queen. When u listen to the album u can tell she wrote almost every song and she is head over heels in love!! I feel bad about those stupid people who wrote those awfull reviews! They probobly haven't even heard it. If you are not sure to buy this album, hear my review Lopez delivers a spactacular and liberating album. This album is great for adults, teens, couples, and kids!! Buy this album And U won't be dissapointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please DO NOT listen to other BAD reviews!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
j*lo is the most average and over-rated artist in the business. the only slightly tolerable songs she has have someone else's riff in the background. way to be unoriginal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. Lo this! J. Lo that! J. Lo, J. Lo, J. LO! I heard too much about her in the teen pop resurgence era that I unwillingly went out to buy her first four non-interview albums...including this one. To be honest, all of her music is overrated, just like she is. The sad thing is that she was a respectable celebrity before she turned into one of the most hardcore definitions of 'sellout' of all time...the only exception being probably Britney Spears. She hasn't improved upon much since her first album, 'On the 6,' except for the production. Try as she might, the music still has the most stale and sour flavor in the world...with some exceptions. I do like 'All I Have' and 'Baby I Luv U,' but that's it. Ms. Lopez, you're already a has-been just like the Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Britney, and future ones like Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and Paris Hilton. They're all overrated just like you are, but they'll be forgiven. Just stick to acting and leave the singing to ANY Latin artist at all...especially your far superior husband, Marc Anthony.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read what everyone wrote and I tend to disagree. I think this is one of her best albums yet. It shows how she is really feeling and that she has true feelings and emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! what can i say I love this album!!!I especially love "All I Have" it is the best of the best.I can't believe that some people are dissapointed in this album!Its my favorite!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like J.Lo.'s new c.d. There are a few songs on this c.d. that I think she could have done a better job with. My two favorite songs are "All I have" and "Jenny from the block." I think that "Baby, I love you" is a very interesting song because the music sounds like it's from the 70's. I also think that "The One" is a very interesting song because a certain instrument that she uses, for this song, creates a Chinese/Japanese-like atmosphere for the song. I think that "The one (bonus track)" is a creative song because the music has a different attitude to it than "The One." The song "Jenny from the block" talks about how she will always be the girl from La Bronx and nothing can change that. I noticed that,in "Jenny from the block", every time she finishes a chorus, she would shout,"La Bronx!" I think that that's kinda cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Lopez beats has become much better now. In this CD J.Lo sing with her heart and soul, and the beats are down-to-earth. This is worths hearing.
SpecialK201 More than 1 year ago
Love Jennifer Lopez she is fascinating! Great album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
after reading others reviews i can see their point of view when they say she should stick to hip hop and RnB. all i have, still and jenny from the block are her best of the album-still is defenetly my fave! dear ben is not so good but all in all its not that bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. I don't know what the heck she or her producers were thinking when they created this album. The album is full of too many love songs. Its touchier when she tries to hit high notes that should of been saved for Mariah and sing in falsetto that should of been saved for the late Aaliyah (we miss you). The best song on the album is Jenny from the Block. The next have way decent song is the copy cat song All I Have. I would be very suprised if another single came out. I'm guessing that she will mostly likely remix some of the songs and put out the same album again with bonus tracks. I would say listen to it first on MSN or listen to someone else's before you buy the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
jennifer is going down with this stinker she isn´t a balladeer singer at all. Jennifer is making here a ballad album and she doesnt have the voice for the ballads where is the high notes and the right sound for the diva image of Mariah Carey or Celine dion they are true singers with real voices not jenny from the block.Jennifer is a fine actress and she should just be an actress not a singer it isn´t her style not ballads though maybe those RN,B songs they sounds better with her 3 octaves or what she is every one can sing like her and be a star this isn´t right jlo stick with acting okey leave the ballads to Mariah and Celine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer explores many different vocal ranges in this album. Although this album may not be what a lot of the pop fans might expect, it definitely is a very strong one. Jennifer wears her heart on a sleeve on this production, and has some really strong tracks like All I have, Dear Ben, and I'm Glad. Truthfully, a soulful and inspirational piece of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't care what other people say about her. This album is fantastic it shows how she's feeling right now. The song I'm glad is the best of all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She may not have the greatest most powerful voice in the world. She may not be the greatest writer in the world. She may not be the most inspired actress the world has seen! AND -- she may not be the world's best dancer. She gets 5 stars because these are things she is passionate about. It's duh obvious she's doing her BEST! That we must agree is evident. You can't expect anymore than someone's best. Well done j.lo
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Lopez has went through alot of reinvention. After the whole J.Lo explotion(with having the best selling album and movie of that year). It was time for her to take a step back and in 2002 she did that. Although some of the songs seem simple and silly(i.e. Dear Ben)and no one believe her when she says she's still "Jenny from the Block". She comes back to her dance roots with this album(i.e. I'm Glad)and r&b flavor. With this album she's making a pointant statment that said "Yes I am Latin, but I also grew up on hip-hop and r&b too and I'm going to pay hommage to that."This album dispite some lacking intellagence might just be her best album to date.