Brave

  • Record Label: Epic
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2007
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. The album is another market-smart collection of radio fodder, rather than Lopez's artistic breakout. That said, no one does classy pop quite like she does.
  2. Brave may not be the most groundbreaking record ever to climb the pop charts, but it's enough to convince you JLo's discs don't stint on substance.
  3. Brave is actually one of her strongest albums to date.
  4. 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.
  5. If the album builds up a nice head of steam all the way up to the double-time wall of sound that is 'The Way It Is,' the problem is it's not necessarily Lopez's head of steam.
  6. She mostly eschews sappiness for superbly honed pop-R&B, only subsiding towards the end.
  7. Expensive beats and uplifting material are offset by listless vocals.
  8. The club, not love, is her salvation, as she proves on 'Do It Well,' the only track that lets J. Lo do her thing: dance.
  9. The songs are formulaic but catchy, and the production is meticulous.
  10. Blender
    40
    J. Lo's music has been upgraded from quite bad to merely bad. [Dec 2007, p.148]
  11. Brave has neither a strong artistic personality nor boffo production, and as a result, ends up being just another disposable pop record with no redeeming value.
  12. Vibe
    30
    That Brave on the whole is almost unapologetically poor isn't surprising--Jenny's never made a viable Album of the Year. But never before has the fly-girl-cum-cover girl been so listless. [Dec 2007, p.107]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jul 30, 2016
    9
    This album is so powerfull, soft and strong ! A new face of Jennifer Lopez ! Besides Brave (the song and the whole album) has real deep andThis album is so powerfull, soft and strong ! A new face of Jennifer Lopez ! Besides Brave (the song and the whole album) has real deep and touching lyrics ! Thanks JLo for this album which really helped me ! Full Review »
  2. Jul 6, 2016
    8
    I have to say that this album is not bad at all. I was quite surprised with the songs on this album. It is a very listenable album with greatI have to say that this album is not bad at all. I was quite surprised with the songs on this album. It is a very listenable album with great lyrics and very high production. It is really sad that it did not do well with the charts and also with sales. I think it is one of her most underrated albums that she has ever released.
    My score:
    1. Stay Together 10/10
    2. Forever 9/10
    3. Hold it don't drop it 8/10
    4. Do it well 8/10
    5. Gotta be there 7/10
    6. Never gonna give up 8/10
    7. Mile in these shoes 7/10
    8. The way it is 7/10
    9. Be mine 7/10
    10. I need love 7/10
    11. Wrong when you're gone 7/10
    12. Brave 10/10
    Overall: 80
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  3. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    Brave is one of her best albums to date. I love the direction, the musics ... Do It Well is pop masterpiece. Hold It Don't Drop It is soBrave is one of her best albums to date. I love the direction, the musics ... Do It Well is pop masterpiece. Hold It Don't Drop It is so great. Brave (song) is so emotional. Full Review »