Album Review : A K A
Artist : Jennifer Lopez
Genre ; Dance, Pop, Electronic Dance Music
This Puerto Rican singer, actress, dancer, and American Idol judge was once the ‘It” girl of showbiz in the late nineties until early 2000. At that time, it seems she nothing she did was wrong. People were so into her. However, current realities tell a different story. She has yet to dent the charts in the same manner that she did with her first three albums. What went wrong? The answer probably lies in this latest album.
In its first week of release, her latest album A K A barely made the top five in Billboard 200 Album charts. There are several reasons why is this so.
- The whole record is so generic. Almost all songs in this record were quite similar with current pop hits delivered by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Azalea Banks, and even Lady Gaga.
- There is nothing unique in terms of music and lyrics. The beat and chord progression reminds you of not only with her previous hits but of other artists hit songs as well. Lyrically, she might want to construct a very confessional album but she cannot top what Madonna did with “Confessions on The Dance Floor” and even “MDNA.”
- The whole album is basically a rehashed of what she served with her previous two albums. I guess, she has to make a full Latin album or Latin fused album in order to generate more interest and with lots of promotions.
- In some of the songs, she wanted to sound black but it did not work well. It is difficult to imagine her doing a Nikki Minaj thing.
- The whole production aspect of the album seems to be done hastily. There is not much hook that can trigger dancing moments, or reflective situation on the part of the listener. It feels like she just sampled drum and bass program from BFF DJ’s.
There is not a single song here that you can say as satisfactory enough to warrant a second listening. The total impact of this record is just plain boring. Even the arrangement of songs in the album is a killjoy; fast beat then slow beat and again and again. I guess she should work more innovative record producer to get her groove back in terms of producing songs to get her on top again. I rate this album 1.5 stars out of 5 stars.