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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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."
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998623125
  • Catalog Number: 86231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still (3:40)
  2. 2 Loving You (3:45)
  3. 3 I'm Glad (3:42)
  4. 4 The One (3:36)
  5. 5 Dear Ben (3:14)
  6. 6 All I Have (4:14)
  7. 7 Jenny from the Block - Styles (3:08)
  8. 8 Again (5:47)
  9. 9 You Belong to Me (3:30)
  10. 10 I've Been Thinkin' (4:41)
  11. 11 Baby I Love U! (4:43)
  12. 12 The One (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jennifer Lopez Primary Artist
Rene Toledo Acoustic Guitar, 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
Herb Powers Mastering
Lawrence Fordyce Producer, Remixing
Davy Deluge Programming, Producer
Rich Shelton Producer
Peter Wade Keusch Engineer
Reggie Hamlet Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Favorite J.Lo album

    This is my favorite JLo album. I like that it's different from her other albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J. Lo, schmay-lo!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My Fav...

    Love Jennifer Lopez she is fascinating! Great album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Maybe her best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I agree with Mariah and Celine fan this time

    Last time I wrote a review on Thalia saying she wasn't a Mariah copycat at all but now I agree with this person. JLo should stick with the latin grooves. Girl you're a latina not a black or white girl. Stick with youre culture and with what you are. Theres only a few rap songs that are ok but since we're family i can tell you the truth. J/K anyways don't be something youre not and don't get me wrong I'm a big fan just never a fanatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Me...Then

    Okey i liked on the 6 that album is good with latin flavors pop and rn´b but this sucks. Jennifer is no Mariah Carey or Celine Dion she hasn´t the voice for ballads maybe for hip-hop an pop but leave the ballas to real singers. Jennifer makes to many slow songs on this album an she can´t hit the high notes like Celine or Mariah so stop singin songs that doesn´t fit your 2- 3 octave voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Me...Then

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beats That Suits You!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She may lack vocal range but she has sincerity!

    Okay you harsh music critics out there, news flash...THis is J-LO not Mariah-LO. Jennifer has never proclaimed to have an 8 octave range or even a 3 octave range. She has what she's been given, a very average soprano voice which is extremely thin and high. However, with that said she makes up for that defiency with an extreme amount of sincerity and emotion that swells the whole record. I have always admired J-Lo as a performer and dancer but now i can add siger. Yes Singer...she tries guys and thats more than Madonna these days. In fact if you listen closely to ballads like Been Thinking, and baby I love U! she's grow alot since her firt outing 4 years ago. J-Lo may not be a fantastic singer but she is fantastic at portraying passion and emotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprised!!

    I really didnt think too much of Jlo.. I mean, I like her movies and music I hear on the radio but wasnt captured by her until this album.. i know its been out for a while but i just recently bought it because of "baby i love u".. I was very surprised of how good the cd is.. i've read so many negative posts, but to me, she sounds better than ever and i'm glad she got away from those pop hit songs.. this cd is very mellow, her voice flows through the songs great and her choice of songs are undeniably super. my advice is to hear the album for yourself. Its much better than most recent albums that have 1 or 2 hits and the rest is filler trash (ie. Mariah, Christina, Whitney, etc). I enjoy all three of them and know they have undeniably better voices than Jlo, but their CD's lacked good song selection This one, you can play from start to finish and enjoy it. I know alot of people write negative things about her "just because", I regret paying attention to them and not getting the CD earlier but I will no longer make that mistake. Its obvious that Jlo will be the type of artist that will continue to get better vocally and musically.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Me...Then

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "This Is Me" is smooth as silk!

    J.Lo matures and mellows out beautifully on "This Is Me...Then" (TIMT). For those of us old enough to remember the 1970's and 1980's, this album is an enchanting journey into nostalgia. (This is how sampling ought to be done!) But even those who missed out on the "disco era" will be able to appreciate this album's smooth melodies and catchy hooks. By taking some time to "chill out" on TIMT, Jennifer really gets to showcase her vocals, which have clearly evolved and developed since her previous album, "J.Lo." While "On The Six" and "J.Lo" both had an edgier, "clubby" feel which relied heavily on drums and percussion, TIMT tones things down abit, allowing Jennifer's voice to take center stage. And wisely recognizing that her vocal range is somewhat more limited than, say, Mariah Carey's, Lopez avoids the temptation to try to overpower the music, but works with it, enhancing the album's silky-smooth feel in the process. This is not to say that there's none of the "edgier" Jennifer Lopez on the album. The "old" J.Lo appears in full force on tracks like "Jenny From the Block" and "All I Have." But TIMT clearly demonstrates that Lopez is a woman in love, and shows a refreshing and more vulnerable side to this entertainment dynamo. There's so much good stuff here that it's difficult to pick favorite songs, but I've tried to pinpoint some of the "standout" tracks: 1. STILL (5/5)- One of my favorite tracks on TIMT, and a great choice to start the album with. It sets the tone for the rest of the album...mellow 70's vibe with a J.Lo edge. Love the violins! 2. LOVING YOU (5/5)- This song is a "smoothie" and another of my favorites. Try bumping this track with the top down while cruising on the highway. Spectacular! 3. I'M GLAD (4.5/5)- This song is just so appealing, and is a great choice for a single. The "Flashdance-inspired" video only makes it better. 5. DEAR BEN (4/5)- Has more of an urban slow-jam feel to it. Nice riffs, sensual without being over-the-top. Lopez astutely keeps this ode to her significant other short, making the song sweet rather than syrupy. 6. ALL I HAVE (4/5)- The "take no prisoners" J.Lo appears on this track. She and LL Cool J play well off each other. 7. JENNY FROM THE BLOCK (5/5)- Love this track! Jennifer mixes it up nicely here by throwing in some "Bronx-flava." A finger-snapping, head-nodding dance song. 9. YOU BELONG TO ME (3.8/5)- As a huge Carly Simon fan, I didn't give this a 4 or 5 because nothing comes close to the original. I'm not a big fan of cover songs, but Lopez holds her own here, and does the song justice. 10. I'VE BEEN THINKING (5/5)- The most beautiful song on the album...just gorgeous! Lopez's voice soars gracefully over the melody, creating a dreamy feel. Feels like a cool ocean breeze. 11. BABY I LOVE YOU (5.1/5)- The "5.1" was not a typo, as this is positively THE BEST song on the album. Lopez tries something a little different with this track, with fantastic results. It has been said that this is one of her favorite songs on TIMT, and it shows. Jennifer sings her heart out on this track, and sounds like she's having a blast doing it. This song best demonstrates the development of Lopez's vocal range. A great "sing-along" song, and a real treat for the ears! If you buy just one of Jennifer Lopez's albums, get this one. It's J.Lo at her best. By stepping outside of the "urban dance-pop" box and experimenting with different sounds, Lopez delivers a solid, feel-good album whose appeal is sure to stretch far beyond the "children of the 70's."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THIS ALBUM

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Luved this CD!

    JLO's new CD is definitely one of her better ones. I never tire of listening to any of her songs and I think that her taste in music has become much more mature and it is a great change!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Me...Then

    Jennifer Lopez the latin diva of pop,RN,B was great on the first debut album on the 6 her second album was okey but this is just the worst album she has ever realized all the songs are to slow and the hip-hop isn´t so great either though i like the duet with LLCOOLJ that is the only song i like to listen to. Jennifer should leave the ballads to real singers as for MARIAH CAREY or CELINE DION she doesn´t have the pipes like they do and ballads is not her to sing if you don´t have the voice then just stick with POP and RN,B.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay...

    Okay...I am not a J.Lo fan for many reasons. 1) Even though J.Lo is quite a classy, mature, talented, and beautiful artists, and has very catchy beats in her music, pretty much every single that she puts out practically sounds the same! It's irratating. 2)Okay we all understand that she is "Jenny from the Block", we know that! All of her material seems to always push that statement. I wish she would get some new material. Her new album, This Is Me...Then..once again shows good effort, but not much of a change in style and vocal change. I am sorry...but J.Lo tries too hard to sing. She shows no soul in the meaning of the love songs...it's almost as if she's practically shouting the lyrics so to get us closer, when really, it's pushing the listener away to another track that's quite the same. The background music is too loud...if she wants to showcase her voice she needs to show it instead of practically hiding it behind the background singers and the music. All in all, her voice is alright...but no soul, no passion, no emotion whatswhoever. Each ballad bores me. If she really wanted to showcase her voice, she should have done a few ballads before time...but unfortunately, she's just mainly noticed for her dancing and acting (which has no change in style and character as well).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Junk

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Me...Then

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is Me...Then

    Jennifer Lopez's latest CD is really great! I mean, she has so much talent and her voice is amazing!

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