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JENNIFER LOPEZ
Album Title: This Is Me . . . Then
Producer(s): various
Genre: POP
Label/Catalog Number: Epic 86231
Source: PRINT
Originally Reviewed: December 07, 2002


RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26

From the sweetly romantic tone of its lyrics to the dreamy, fresh-outta-bed style of its CD artwork, this sumptuous, downright irresistible project could easily have been titled J-Lo in Afterglow. Lopez unabashedly essays her much-publicized relationship with actor Ben Affleck on a set that strives to establish her as an artist of more depth than previously displayed. She may never win the full respect she craves (and increasingly deserves), but even naysayers will have to serve props to Lopez for the considerable growth she reveals as both

a performer and tunesmith. With muse/ producer Cory Rooney by her side, she deftly blends streetwise hip-hop with enough old-school soul references to keep namecheckers busy for hours—starting with the clever interweaving of the Stylistics' "You Are Everything" into the tasty, hit-bound "The One."—LF



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