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'A.K.A.' review: Uneven mix by Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez's "A.K.A." album. Photo Credit: Capitol

If you go by its singles, Jennifer Lopez's "A.K.A." (Capitol) is a great return to form, with the bouncy "First Love" capturing some of the lighthearted dance-pop charm of songs from "On the 6," and "I Luh Ya Papi" breaking some new from-the-block styles.

"Booty" -- yeah, she went there -- is just as edgy and, um, in your face, as is the soon-to-be-anthem "TENS." But "A.K.A." also has some terrible songs, like the ill-fitting ballad "Let It Be Me," where J.Lo's vocals sound thin and strained, a problem that hurts the midtempo "So Good" and the ballad "Emotions." The quality swings of "A.K.A" make you wonder if J.Lo knows who she's trying to be.


JENNIFER LOPEZ

"A.K.A."

THE GRADE B-

BOTTOM LINE An uneven mix of high-end and bargain-basement pop.

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