It’s been a long and twisty road for Love? , having started recording the album in 2009 with an original release date for the project set for January 2010 to coincide with Lopper’s latest film “The Back-up Plan”. However following the lack of success with lead single Libations, Lopez and Sony Music Entertainment decided to end their ten year partnership leaving the fate of Love? With Island Deft Jam, which boasts an impressive roster of A-list songwriters and producers (such as Redone and Lady Gaga), as well as guest performers. Here’s a track-by-track rundown: 1. On the Floor (Ft.
Pitiful) This moderately-catchy track, aimed for the dance floor, became J. Olds first Top 10 hit in eight years. It’s one of the album’s strongest singles, having a bit of a capricious vibe, containing a sample of Los Karakas’ song Loran Se Fee, which was made popular in the Coma single Lambda. Lyrically, it follows the typical ‘get down and boogie’ formula but sound wise, it’s unlike anything on the radio, definitely putting it ahead of the game and screams summer. 2. Good Hit Lopez pointlessly cuddles with auto-tune for this near-rap song in which she putatively asks, “Don’t you wish I was your boo? It seems a bit forced and dull yet further reminding listeners that she brought ghetto fabulousness to Pop. 3. I’m Into You (Ft. Ill Wayne) Music, Poetry, Passion.. By Gamma the same regnant flavor of Airman’s What’s My Name? With Ill Wayne hanging in the background adding a few nudges and wink quip. 4. (What IS) LOVE? Channeling the emotions of quiet sadness and loneliness, Lopez draws inspiration from the tales of women with no fathers, families, abusive boyfriends and husbands skins and questioning love and why it’s at times so elusive. . Run the World With a sanguine message and upbeat melody, this track poses as one of those old- school J. Lo tracks where she flirts with the hip-hop side of her music. A perfect salute to her past melodic step forward. 6. Papa Papa serves as a devout effect to On the Floor with a more seriously Latin-flavored beat. The base line on this Euro-dance influenced backdrop finds the lyrics with the perfect mixture of Spangling, possibly Lopez at her best. 7. Until It Beats No More
Jean slows the tempo slightly to deliver a blend between Ferrier’s Big Girls Don’t Cry and Airman’s California King Bed and it’s undeniable that her vocals has grown over the years, evident as she gamely attempts high notes. 8. One Love Harking the album’s title, Jean injects lyrics about her past and present romances, trying to answer the question of whether there is such a thing as one true love. 9. Invading My Mind This upbeat single is heavily reminiscent of a weaker version of Lady Saga’s Just Dance, having Lopez going back and forth between her natural voice and a heavily effected voucher effect over a very hard beat. 0. Villain This is a rather odd track, never really going anywhere with its beat, wandering and toying with being somewhat dark concurrently trying to be danceable. Lyrically it features Lopez singing about being a villain because she won’t take back a desperate Another heartfelt track suggesting a somewhat autobiographical song for her life and there’s definitely more feeling and emotion into this than a majority of the other tracks. 12. Hypnotic With its pure dance feel it fits J. Olds persona perfectly and showcases her dance USIA appeal greatly.
Penned by Lady Gaga it’s likely to stick in your head long after the song has ended. Final Verdict: Love themed albums are scarcely ever revolutionary with this being no exception. What’s make Love’something of a disappointment is the mere fact that it lacked a fresh/new sound. Some tracks really fell flat while others was simply an instant dance floor hit. Based on Love? One could say that there can be room for expansion in her musical career as this album shows her not evolving but rather taking a few steps backward.