This Is Me ... Then
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
is in love and she wants everyone to know it. Ten out of the twelve
tracks on This Is Me…Then are devoted to expressing
it. While this is undoubtedly due to her current romance with
actor Ben Affleck, her topics vary from still being in love with
someone (“Still”) to breaking up with someone (“All
I Have”), and everything in between.
Gone is the
P Diddy influenced hip-hopstress J. Lo; brought back is the original
yet more refined Jennifer Lopez. This Is Me…Then
centers itself around a late 70’s Motown feel; Jennifer’s
gentle voice paired up with a background vocalist or two trumped
up with strings over relaxed funk basslines. This Is Me...
is a showcase of J. Lo’s talent as a singer and songwriter
(she co-wrote most of the tracks), versus an overall package as
a performer with good looks and a voice.
Yet, the album
isn’t so much a “back to her roots” album, but
more of an “I’ve always been myself” album.
Except for “Jenny From the Block,” you won’t
find anything like “Waiting for Tonight” or “I’m
Real.” The best example of this about face is her song dedicated
to her love, “Dear Ben.” Fueled by her intimate emotions
she carries herself strongly through each verse. Throughout This
Is Me... her voice is never really that powerful, but very
rarely is it weak.
mostly of love ballads, This Is Me…Then aims itself
more towards a niche market. This Is Me…Then is a well-written
and produced album. The love theme would be over the top had it
not been performed with Jennifer Lopez’s style class.
liked This Is Me... Then...
2. Loving You
3. I'm Glad
4. The One
5. Dear Ben
6. All I Have
7. Jenny From The Block
9. You Belong To Me
10. I've Been Thinkin'
11. Baby I Love U
12. The One (Version 2) (Bonus Track)