en: Rebirth (Jennifer Lopez album) [info]
Odd voice,the Lopez squeak. It's sort of reedy and thin and breathless; she always sounds a bit too worried and self-conscious to really lose herself in the music. There are bits in every J-Lo song where her less-than-convinced tone of voice can actually transport the listener to the recording studio, and a vision of the confused expression on her face, trying to make what's on the lyric sheet work in her mouth.
Having said that, whoever decided that Jen should follow in Beyonce's massive funky footsteps with older-than-old-skool brass workouts like "Get Right" and "Whatever You Wanna Do" has earned their bling bonus for the financial year. And the sonic variety doesn't end there. "I Got U" is summery '70s soul, "Cherry Pie" is Prince meets NERD, and "(Can't Believe) This Is Me" could come straight out of a dramatic heartbreak moment in a Broadway musical (no, really!).
And "Step Into My World" deserves a special mention for being equal parts Timbaland log-drums, belly-dance poise and gasping harmonies that suit her voice down to the ground.
Nice work, Ma'am!
Review courtesy of Top of the Pops