J. Lo

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. J.Lo has a feisty, damn-I-know-I'm-all-that attitude, combined with pulsating, insistent beats that leap out of the speakers and make you wanna move.
  2. As a singer, J.Lo sounds more confident, as she takes more chances with a voice that is technically limited but well-suited to the material she handles.
  3. She's little more than an ex-Fly Girl with a bunch of studio tricks to help kick off the party.
  4. Essentially, this is the same album as On the Six, only a little longer with a little less focus and not as many memorable songs. This lack of winning singles becomes a drag, since at over an hour, the record meanders much longer than it should.
  5. Most of the songs on J.Lo, for all their craftsmanship, are easy to trace to last year's hits. And while dance pop doesn't necessarily demand great singers, Lopez is just scraping by.
  6. Lopez mostly sticks to a successful formula - R&B lite with a Latin touch.
  7. She's giving us déjà vu all over and over and over again by basically sticking to the same set of sonic templates throughout the 15-track album, never making much effort to shift up the tempos, melodies, and structures.
  8. Consistently aims for the lowest common denominator...
  9. Sure, 'J.Lo' is competent, but like Lopez's voice, it lacks sincerity and warmth.
  10. Her vocals are so mannered, self-conscious, and limited, there is no way to gloss over the facts, except when booming dance grooves rule the mix.
  11. It's the continual indulgence of Lopez's Gloria Estefan ambitions with various generic Latin tracks, completely at odds with everything else, that really grates.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. May 12, 2014
    10
    One of the best albums in pop music. This one made Jennifer what she is today. J.Lo, the well known brand in entertainment history. DiverseOne of the best albums in pop music. This one made Jennifer what she is today. J.Lo, the well known brand in entertainment history. Diverse sound of the album proves that JLo shines equaly as a pop, latin and urban artist. Full Review »
  2. Nov 8, 2010
    8
    Even though I truly love Jennifer, this album was not a 10. The opening track "Love Don't Cost a Thing" had me dancing, but some of the otherEven though I truly love Jennifer, this album was not a 10. The opening track "Love Don't Cost a Thing" had me dancing, but some of the other tracks did not have that same intensity...Overall good album Full Review »
  3. Feb 1, 2016
    10
    Superstar Jennifer Lopez's sophomore album titled "JLO" is one of her best albums to date. Released in 2001 this album contains many of theSuperstar Jennifer Lopez's sophomore album titled "JLO" is one of her best albums to date. Released in 2001 this album contains many of the most iconic tracks of the last 15 years. Lead single "Love Don't Cost a Thing" is a fun uptempo pop song, great for a club environment. This globally successful single as well as second single "Play" were influential in certifying Lopez as a top notch dance artist to rival the likes of Madonna and Janet Jackson. "Ain't it Funny", "Dame" a duet with Pueto Rican pop verteran Chayanne , "Carino" and "Si Ya se Acobo" all remind listeners of Lopez's latin roots and the upbeat tempos and passion in these songs is reminiscent of a siesta. Other standouts from the album include "I'm Real" and "Walking on Sunshine". Overall this album causes listeners to feel like dancing and makes it difficult not to smile. After over 15 years I'd still be pleased to hear any of "JLO's" songs on the radio. Full Review »