"On the 6"
The Work Group
Making the transition from hot actor to singing star is a risky proposition--anyone remember Philip Michael Thomas' musical moment? But Lopez is going about it in a most agreeable way: with a light heart and even lighter feet. Before she was a movie star, Lopez shook her now-famous booty as a dancer on TV's "In Living Color," and her first album (due in stores Tuesday) reveals that she has maintained a hoofer's finely tuned sense of rhythm and grace.
The Bronx-bred daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Lopez deftly blends urban and Latin textures and grooves with shiny pop savvy. Aided by skilled writers and producers--among them Rodney Jerkins, Cory Rooney and Emilio Estefan Jr.--she unleashes exotic hip-hop workouts (including the hit single "If You Had My Love"), salsa-kissed R&B confections such as "It's Not That Serious" and bittersweet, flamenco-flavored numbers ("Could This Be Love").