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I bought this album after hearing If You Had My Love and being very impressed by it. A fabulous pop song with a latino feel.
If You Had My Love is on this album (thankfully) and it's a fabulous pop song with a great background beat. It's a great dance track and it was something new and fresh at the time. It was released in 1999 and I remember buying the CD single from Asda when I was 14! Jennifer's vocals on the song aren't as strong as I would have liked but she does sing it well considering that it's quite fast and punchy. I also love Waiting For Tonight which is similar to IYHML but it's a little bit faster, especially the bridge in the middle. Both of these songs are great pop songs that really cheer you up and make you wanna get up and dance. I love the upbeat songs on the album, they're the best songs on the album. Sadly the rest of the album isn't up to scratch.
The album has a latino feel to it which I like. You can hear (in the background) a latino beat and I like the fact that Jennifer has stuck to her roots on the album. The album is a bit of a mixed bag. The upbeat pop songs are great but the ballads are weak and Jennifer doesn't have the most powerful female voice in the pop world. She can't reach the higher notes and I much prefer the sound of Mariah as she can actually SING. Saying that, it's not a bad effort and some songs are worth a listen.
Not a bad effort.
"On The 6" was Jennifer Lopez's debut album. A 1999 release, it was a Pop-R&B release that features the contemporary style with production from the likes of Puffy Daddy, The Trackmasters, Darkchild and many others on an album that would get her career off to a massive start and take her up to the top of the R&B world almost immediately.
1. "If You Had My Love"
The album gets off to a very nice start as we move directly into her debut single and the tune which enabled her to get her big break into the game with some Pop R&B that was able to connect to a wide-ranging audience. Although I can't say I really liked it around the time when it initially got its first break, the tune has grown on me somewhat, although I still see it as a track with no real spark to it.
2. "Should've Never"
Running directly on from the last we get a bit of a different vibe coming off this this recording as we see that she slows the pace down and tries out something a little different. I really can't say I enjoyed this one too much as we get a fusion of her Latino-influenced music with contemporary Pop and these just weren't things I could ever connect to in any way whatsoever and so it put me off the record.
3. "Too Late"
Taking things forward, on this one we get her making the Spanish guitaring much less prominent so that ti doesn't appear that the Latino side of things is as much a part of the music and that the Pop side is the main drive of the music. Although it's made to sound more subtle, I didn't think that it really did as was intended and sounded to just be an attempted at getting over this sort of music to an audience who weren't familiar with it.
4. "Feelin' So Good"
We find salvation in a single here as we're taken into the fourth one from the album. I have to say that it was another that I had very little interest in at the time and not even the guest rapping features of Big Pun or Fat Joe helped things out as all they do is help to pull in the Puerto Rican crowds further, but the way it's done is rather bland and doesn't really help all that much. The added Hip Hop may up the standards and take attention from her weak vocals, but it doesn't really do much more.
5. "Let's Get Loud"
Here we have a track written by Gloria Estefan as a tune that she was intending to record herself, however we find that Lopez gets the opportunity to take it on and go out for some full-on Latin-Pop. The direction of the music here really didn't appeal to my tastes in any way whatsoever and so took me even further from things when I thought that things were going quite well and were heading in the right direction (to some degree).
6. "Could This Be Love"
We're taken right down into a ballad for this one. I knew from early on in it that the thing really wasn't due to go too well at all and would only put me off further, and this was certainly the case as we get more of the samey work out of the artist where she makes no real attempt to show any range in her vocals and comes out with another plain song with nothing really to it. I can't see the appeal for this kind of thing at all.
7. "No Me Ames" (Remix)
In the US this dropped as the artist's second single and has her going out to record a cover of a song by Aleandro Baldi and Fransceca Alotta in a duet with Marc Anthony. Sung entirely in Spanish, I really couldn't see me getting into this ballad in any way whatsoever. The language barrier wasn't really the issues as all the tunes with a Latin edge have been off-putting, but this one just seemed to take that a little too far.
8. "Waiting For Tonight"
With this one you get a big Dance-Pop tune. This track really suited the UK market much more than the US one for its House sound, but I can't say that I thought that it had anything for me whatsoever. The track just had too much in it to make me not to listen with its repetitive thumping beats and a rigid Pop structure to the lyrics making it sound so false. It was a good choice in single, but really nothing was there for me.
9. "Open Off My Love"
With this one you get a mash-up of the Latin-Pop and subtle Hip Hop to push it along and drawn in many more people. I thought that this was a big improvement upon what we had just received and so was taking the music in the right direction once more, but still wasn't something I could find room to like with more of the generic Latin-Pop things which are just put in there to make her out-of-the-norm to others from the time.
10. "Promise My You'll Try"
This is another ballad from her as we see that she takes things down the Quiet Storm route and sees whether she has it within her to get over well amongst this crowd. As ever, this simply isn't the case as her vocals (which just have nothing to them whatsoever) mean that she's able to do nothing but bore the listeners for a good four minutes-worth of very plain music that I can't see many having time for.
11. "It's Not That Serious"
For this one we get a track that has her going out with a tune that has her trying much more to get over a nice R&B song over with the listeners. She bases it all within a Latin-Pop set and so doesn't really seem to be progressing through the release to any real degree whatsoever. I saw it as another example of music from her that that stood as the signature sound, but wasn't really getting over too well at all.
12. "Talk About Us"
We get another ballad here and for the first time in a long time we get something that removes all the extra, additional Latino elements which have held it back along the way. When you hear things like this you can tell how she was trying to do nothing but get over with a naive audience who hadn't been exposed to anything much better (or hadn't realised what better was) and had settled for faux-emotional tunes like this.
13. "No Me Ames"
This is the straight ballad version of an earlier tune which broke out into Latin-Pop earlier. It does nothing more to help it and just reinforced my earlier feelings towards her music.
14. "Una Noche Mas"
The album ends with a Spnaish-translated version of "Waiting For Tonight" and so really didn't do a good job at all at ending things in a way that would leave me with positive feelings of the record.
This album really wasn't for me and I honestly can't see why it managed to get her so much attention when you see just how poor the standard of the tunes are and her weak vocals and so it makes for a release with no real drive to it and is suited to an audience that won't have heard anything much better (otherwise they would have gone elsewhere).
It seemed that, in the early 90?s, a famed rapper named Sir Mix-A-Lot set a new standard for asspreciation with these eight immortal words: ?I like big butts and I cannot lie!? It was a sign, a declaration - bulbous butts weren?t to be ridiculed, but respected. However it seemed that, in all the buzz surrounding this message, people forgot and decided to single out the most fearsome, famed fanny in Hollywood, the glitzy glutes that would later bound on-screen through the (supposedly) god-awful Gigli and the ding-dong disaster of The Wedding Planner. I?m talking, of course, about Latin lovely Jennifer Lopez. (Or, as I call her, Jennifer Lo From The Block) People were shocked and angry when she decided to do a bit of reverse-trending in 1999 - instead of the ominously awful move of music-to-movies, Ms. Lo decided to step from movies to music. Many claimed that she couldn?t sing, because we all have to belt it like Whitney if we wanna make it. (On a side note - I rather like Jen?s voice. And yes, Whitney?s too) But she knew how to hook the listeners in anyway. She knew how to pull off the sexy, slinky moves to captivate viewers (and possibly cause severe property damage in the process as she swung her puffy (not Puffy) pooter around). The only things she couldn?t do, it seems, were sing (yeah, yeah) or keep a damn boyfriend. (Okay, so in the case of Cris Judd, this was a good thing, because now he can proclaim his undying love for me. It?s bound to happen one day, you?ll see.) There are plenty of energetic songs out in the world right now, some that make you fly out of your seat as if you?d just sat on beehive (unless you?re into that kinda thing) but very little comes close to oozing life out of every crack and pore like the salsa-infused Let?s Get Loud, a blaring party number filled to the brim with trumpets, trombones and saxophones blasting out of every available space and a jazzy bit of piano sprinkled throughout t
he whole kit n? caboodle. To send that little shot of adrenalin through your veins, Jen?s cheery vocals encourage us - ?Let?s get loud, let?s get loud! Ain?t nobody gotta tell ya what you gotta do!? It?s sort of like an alarm clock - wakes you up without that shrill, annoying ringing. The song of the new millennium, the trance-like, pounding club hit - a few of the terms that come to mind when one thinks of the sultry, darkly tropical Waiting For Tonight (aka Una Noche Mas), easily my favorite off the album. Built around a mystical, pounding club beat, soft guitar strumming, blaring trumpets and synth strings, it?s hard to listen without swaying along. This is without the vocals. ?Tender words you say take my breath away,? Jennifer croons hypnotically, lulling the listener into a dreamy state. ?Love me now and leave me never?? Someone might if you?d stop dumping everyone, Jen. (And it seems that, in the middle of the song, she whispers something. I can?t make out exactly what , but it sounds like ?get a date.? Okay, then, send Cris to me and I will. On another note, at first, I thought the line ?like a movie scene, in the sweetest dream? was ?Like a movie scene in a Swedish dream.? I tend to have those too, from time to time.) The title of Feelin? So Good describes exactly the effect it?ll have for you, making it eerily prophetic in a way. Mellow, meet upbeat. Instruments seem sparse here, aside from the fast-paced R&B box-beats (I have no idea what else to call them. I feel? incompetent now) - but every now and then, synth handclaps, synthophones, and wind chimes show up just to make the song feel pretty. Aside from irritating rap interludes from the late Big Pun and Fat Joe, we get another uplifting, energetic sparkler from Miss Fat Fanny: ?When I opened up my eyes today? felt the sun shinin? on my face! It became so clear to me that everything is goin? my way!? Except you put irritating rappers in the song, but I?ll let it slide this
time. Making the pretty ballad time. I?m a big sucker for slow, lovey-dovey songs, and Promise Me You?ll Try hits be with a big honkin? load of loveable fluff in the form of tinkling piano, slow Spanish guitar, and dramatic strings. My ickle baby synthophones come to visit their daddy as well, making me be the happy-time yay. The lyrics, while a bit overused - ?don?t promise me forever? don?t promise me the sun and sky, don?t pretend to know you?ll never make me cry? - get delivered with such tenderness by the shirt-sniffing songstress that you won?t really care - you?ll just wish the damn track was longer. (I scoff at the paltry 3:52 we?re given. I demand more, dammit.) I rather like Marc Anthony, and while I?ve yet to purchase an album of his, I?ve heard great things about and from him. No Me Ames (the closest translation I can get is Not Love Me) is a fine example of this - a catchy little duet that comes in two flavors: Tropical remix or ballad. While the tropical mix keeps things up with, you guessed it, a tropical conga-beat filled with strings, blaring trumpets and trombones, and a sassy piano tune, the ballad version tones things down a bit - the piano is still there, only slower and more soulful, the strings are dramatic as ever, and a Spanish guitar is strummed gently in the background. Jennifer and Marc?s voices seem to echo (maybe they?re piling on cheese in the Grand Canyon?) and blend wonderfully as they exchange lines in Spanish. And seeing as how I don?t speak Spanish and I?m too lazy to find or do a translation of any line in the song? you?re left with this. I?m sinister. (For the record, I tend to tease my mom on this song, because she can?t trill her R?s, and I can - and I tend to do it when Jen and Marc do so. I think she?s plotting to kill me for doing that.) Slow-burner drama fills Should?ve Never, with? well, okay, drama. As well as Spanish guitar, and I know that this came as a shock to many of you, bu
t get over it. Melancholy strings, of course, because it?s a MelancholyLoveTriangle!Song. Yep, the infamous love triangle situation. ?I?m so scared... Trembling inside,? Jen whispers, voice trembling, figuring that by playing the ?pity me? card, she can shift the blame. Good girl. ?Cause I?m feeling like somebody else already knows... Oh my god, I love you both so much, and to have to choose between the two is killing me inside.? Oops. Around the end, you get to hear her whisper and moan endlessly in Spanish, and while it seems a bit melodramatic (we just need some guy?s voice screaming ?NOOOOOOOOOOO!? now, then comes the big $4355364543 billion kazillion movie), it?s a nice touch. The foreboding shirt-sniffing back cover shows that Jen must have detected a stinker - possibly Open Off My Love is the offending odor she caught? While music is great - more salsa infusion, with a casual bar twist amid it?s soft trombones and trumpets and smoky piano amid a catchy little beat - Jen feels the need to, along with nice vocals (?Baby, come with me, I know I can set you free, if you take this trip with me.. .you?ll be open off my love,? whatever the hell that means), throw in an annoying, high-pitched chant of ?I wanna be where he wants me to be!? that persists through half of the damn song. Go figure, it?s placed between my two favorite tracks - Waiting For Tonight and Promise Me You?ll Try. The woman hates me, she even got Cris before I did (bitch), what more does she want? I like to think of the album?s back cover as a let-down-your-guard thing: There?s Jennifer, standing there in a blouse and hot pants (she apparently lost all her pants and such during the photo shoots), clutching part of the blouse to her nose, as if sniffing it (possibly she is). Judging by her expression, she doesn?t like what she smells, as if to say ?don?t bother, it?s a real stinker.? She wants to throw us off, and by this, we buy it anyway to see if it?s as foul as her shir
t - and instead, it?s as fresh as a daisy, the lovely aroma of Downy Soft and seawater only hinted with a stench of rotting seafood (the previously-mentioned Open Off My Love), but I guess she could?ve just been sneezing. Hey, don?t ruin my little fantasy world here. Some seem to think that with each new album she puts out, she?s gotten better. I suppose I?m one of the minority - J. Lo was a fun, upbeat little trip through LopezLand, but it didn?t pack as much of a punch as the getting-hit-by-a-train power of On The 6, and This Is Me?Then made me hope that that wouldn?t be her anymore. Fresh pop. Salsa influence out the wazoo, and a few soft, touching ballads. Gratuitous shirt-sniffing. Gigantic buttcheeks. All this and more populate this made-for-radio hit-packed winner, so get out your wallets, pay the fare, and get On the 6. And just for fun/the bored people, I decided to translate a few of the track titles into Spanish and back to English, courtesy of Systran (www.systransoft.com) and post a few of the amusing results: Waiting For Tonight - To Hope Tonight Let?s Get Loud - Let Us Obtain Noisily It?s Not That Serious - He Is Not That One Serious One Feelin? So Good - So Good Sensation (?Wait, I?m vibrating??) Should?ve Never - If It Never Has Could This Be Love - This One Being Could Love (The Grinch?) Auto-translators are scary things, indeed.
As much as I hate to admit it, it's actually rather good. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, and I'm rather glad my friend insisted that I borrow it. There are some really good love songs (should've never & too late), pop tunes (waiting for tonight, if you had my love and & feelin' so good) and salsa and samba tracks (lets get loud & no me ames (tropical remix)), about a third of the album is in Spanish and some of those that aren't also have a Latin feel open off my love with is a fantastic fusion of salsa and hip hop sound s (you wouldn't think it would work but it does) My one complaint is that there are a couple of dodgy notes here and there but she's no worse than some other women who have had had massive musical success (cue ginger, scary, baby and posh spices), besides which the excellent production that has gone into the tracks has more than compensated for it. She's never going to be a diva (in terms of talent) by she has a nice voice and has obviously chosen her tracks well and had good producers polish them off nicely. Song words hooray!
1999 was the year that Latin music suddenly burst onto the music mainstream. One of the main reasons for this popularity can be found within the debut album "On the Six" by Jennifer Lopez. Everyone groaned when she announced she would be taking a break from her successful acting career to pursue a musical one. So many actors/actresses have gone down this path only to end up with a generous portion of egg on the face. You can count the number that have done this successfully on one hand. Erm, maybe not, i'm struggling to think of any actually! While not being an outstanding album overall, "On the Six" does contain half a dozen really great tracks (mostly the more upbeat dance tracks). Unfortunately, the quality of these songs does not go throughout the album, but as a debut album it holds strong promise for the future. Tracklist: - If you had my love - Should've never - Too late - Feelin' so good - Let's get loud - Could this be love - No me ames (tropical remix) - Waiting for tonight - Open off my love - Promise me you'll try - It's not that serious - Talk about us - No me ames (ballad version) - Una noche mas - Baila - Do you know where you're going to? (Theme from mahagony) Singles released from the album include: - If you had my love (the first release which won awards for best song & best video, it seemed to be played on MTV on a loop at one point); - Feelin' so good (produced by Puff Daddy); - Lets Get Loud (this song was written for her by none other than Gloria Estefan, and is my favourite track from the album); - Waiting for tonight (this got lots of airtime in the run up to the millenium, as it's lyrics were pushing at that date, and the video had the same theme to it); These singles are also some of the best tracks on t
he album. Others that stand out for me are: "Baila", an upbeat song and in a similar vain to "Lets get loud", not surprising as it is another track written by Gloria Estefan. Great one to turn up the volume and sing/shout to; "Una noche mas", which is the Puerto Rican version of "Waiting for tonight". Personnally I think it works much better in the native tongue here than in the more mainstream English language version. The problem for me with the album is the poor quality of the ballads. If she had stuck to the upbeat dance tracks then it would have certainly been one of my favourite albums of the year. Instead it comes across as a bit of an odd mixture and I find myself skipping the ballads to get to the dance tracks now. One of the good aspects of this album though are the songs that are presented in Puerto Rican. They are a refreshing change and the fact that you can't understand most fo the lyrics doesn't hamper your enjoyment of them. If you got caught up in the Latino buzz the last year then forget Ricky Martin, Enrique Inglesias and Marc Anthony. The reason it exploded so much is here. Surprisingly, there is a lot more to Jennfier Lopez than the pictures & gossip we see constantly hyped up in the media. I bought the album on the strength of the first single (If you had my love) and in hindsight would definately buy it again. She holds promise for future albums if she decides to pursue her musical career instead of the movie actress one. Hopefully she will stick to the dance tracks next time.
Althoug i LOATH jennifer lopez, i have to admit that this album is not bad! There are a lot of weak songs on the album, mainly the ballads, which are boring and repetitive (and extremely sentimental), but these are more than made up for by the fantastic up-tempo latino songs!!! In fact, like me, you may have been wondering why Jennifer Lopez has been labelled a 'Latino' artist, as 'If you had my love', 'Waiting for tonight', and 'So good', her single releases, are all very pop/r'n'b, and don't resemble latino whatsoever, but i can tell you that nearly all the rest of the album is very VERY strongly Latino influenced. The up-beat tracks are great party songs, and are good to listen to before a night out. Obviously this album is pure pop, with a little bit of latino sounds thrown in there for good measure, and it DOES work (in a Ricky Martin kind of way), but don't go expecting anything edgy, because it ain't! If u liked waiting for tonight, then you will definatley like this album (if you can see past and ignore the ballads), as it is full of life, and despite not being totally original, is quite innovative.
When I first heard that Senorita Lopez was planning a move into the music biz, I thought this would be another forgettable effort. However, “If you had my love” was enough to tempt me into trying out the album. It’s a good collection of tracks with a distinct Latin style. “No me ames”, the duet with Marc Anthony (another crossover Latino) is among the best tracks on the album, a real up-tempo number. There is also a cover of “Do you know where you’re going to”, which I think was originally done by the Carpenters (a long time ago!). Overall, a good debut album, especially when you think of various actors/actresses in the past who’ve tried to make the transition…
I found this CD of Jennifer Lopez to be very repititous. She relies on the same beats and the same "theme" to every song. I dislike "Waiting for Tonight" the most though, perhaps because all she seems to do is say "waiting for tonight" and then follow it by a resounding "whoaaaa"...and it seems those two lines are the whole basis of the song. I dont know about anyone else, but after hearing her yell out "whooaaa" for the 50th time, I turned the CD off. The most famous song "If you had my love" is good at hiding a bad voice...it emphasis's dance beats with an up tempo melody...distracting the listener from Lopez's generic sounding voice. The rest of the disc is a sad attempt at music also. Personally, I think she was just another singer jumping on the "Latina" bandwagon. It also shows that by having the right connections (ie-Puff Daddy) and by showing enough skin...you can get even richer, without having talent. What a waste of money buying this CD!
When picking up a Jennifer Lopez CD i never really knew what to expect....she is promoted as a latin artist, yet only a handful tracks on the album could be counted as latin pop. And the single "If you want my love" could not have been further away from the scene. However, to take it as the soul based album that is probably a little more accurate would mean the alienation of some of the best tracks, such as the marc anthony duet "No me ames". For me, i found the tracks all seemed to merge sleepily into each other, with only "Let's get loud", "No Me Ames" and "Baila" breaking a quite eerily sleepy sound. The ballads stand out: the romantic sound of "Talk about us" and "Do you know where you're going to" will have made many cry by now. However, coming out of one of these tracks to share with your partner into the fast paced Estefan tracks makes exhausting listening. Jennifer Lopez, when she makes up her mind over who she is, it will be easier on the ear.
Obviously nobody knows what the hell they are talking about. I believe that jennifer lopez is a true entertainer and that anyone who tries to bring her down doesnt know anything about the entertainment business,and is just plain jelous. The album is great, many of the songs including sould of never have a deep meaning and soul to it, there songs that many people can relate to in life, plus there's also the songs like, Lets get loud, and open to my love, wich have a latin sound to it wich makes you want to dance. Jennifer is a great model/actres/singer ENTERTAINER!, and others need to stop talking down on her because obviously they dont have the talent that she has.
She is good looking and she has got one excellent album as well. This album is so good that many people have helped and done collaberations on it. Artist include the Big Pun and many others. I have bought many albums lately and this is deffinayly. It does not quite have the same touch that Eminem has on his albums but it is about 1000 times better than Christina Aguileras album.I think that if you do not already own this album then it is deffinatly one worth to go out and buy.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 If You Had My Love
2 Should Have Never
3 Too Late
4 Feelin' So Good
5 Let's Get Loud
6 Could This Be Love
7 No Me Ames (2) - Lopez, Jennifer & Marc Anthony
8 Waiting For Tonight
9 Open Off My Love
10 Promise Me You'll Try
11 It's Not That Serious
12 Talk About Us
13 No Me Ames - Lopez, Jennifer & Marc Anthony
14 Una Nocha Mas
16 Do You Know Where You're Going To