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Between her first and second albums, Jennifer Lopez moved from sharp hip-hop to a slicker sound that captured the sass and heat of the streets, thanks mainly to the production acumen of her erstwhile boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs. On her third album, This Is Me... Then, Lopez shows she's just as facile as her ex in changing names as well as musical personas. She abandons the impish J-Lo moniker for a more benign, and less interesting, Jenny, who makes an appearance on "Jenny from the Block." Here, Lopez insists she is still the same down-to-earth girl who emerged from the Bronx a decade before mega-stardom hit: "I used to have a little/ Now I have a lot," she chirps before cautioning, "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got/ I'm still Jenny from the block." The claim stretches credibility given her well-documented status as a diva, but "Jenny" shows more pizzazz and humor on the album than anything else, except for her saucy duet with LL Cool J on "All I Have." Elsewhere, the album--which includes nine songs cowritten by Lopez--serves up a recycled paean to '70s soul, an anemic cover of Carly Simon's vituperative "You Belong to Me," and cloying ballads inspired by her new fiancé, actor Ben Affleck. Lopez dedicated the disc to the actor and includes a far-too-personal and gooey love song to him titled "Dear Ben." In it, she declares: "You'll always be my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend and my king." There's plenty of love here, but what's missing is the verve and crackle of Lopez's earlier stuff. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Between her first and second albums, Jennifer Lopez moved from sharp hip-hop to a slicker sound that captured the sass and heat of the streets, thanks mainly to the production acumen of her erstwhile boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs. On her third album, This Is Me ... Then, Lopez shows she's just as facile as her ex in changing names as well as musical personas. She abandons the impish J-Lo moniker for a more benign, and less interesting, Jenny, who makes an appearance on "Jenny from the Block." Here, Lopez insists she is still the same down-to-earth girl who emerged from the Bronx a decade before mega-stardom hit: "I used to have a little/ Now I have a lot," she chirps before cautioning, "Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got/ I'm still Jenny from the block." The claim stretches credibility given her well-documented status as a diva, but "Jenny" shows more pizzazz and humor on the album than anything else, except for her saucy duet with LL Cool J on "All I Have." Elsewhere, the album--which includes nine songs cowritten by Lopez--serves up a recycled paean to '70s soul, an anemic cover of Carly Simon's vituperative "You Belong to Me," and cloying ballads inspired by her new fiancé, actor Ben Affleck. Lopez dedicated the disc to the actor and includes a far-too-personal and gooey love song to him titled "Dear Ben." In it, she declares: "You'll always be my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend and my king." There's plenty of love here, but what's missing is the verve and crackle of Lopez's earlier stuff. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00006RIO8
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (648 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let me start by saying that I was an average Jennifer Lopez fan about two months ago. I've always had an interest in her singles, even when they went too hip-hop (though I think my young age prevented me from appreciating those singles).

Maybe it is the relationship (my first serious one ever) I'm in , watching the MTV2 & MTV Hits Jennifer Lopez marathon of videos & interviews that led up to the release of her newest outing "Rebirth" & basically revisiting Jennifer's music that caused me to go out & purchase all of her albums.

Out of the five, this probably ranks as my personal favorite. It just really came at a certain time in my life & spoke to me I guess you could say. There is a romantic vulnerablity about the entire album. From her sampling of late 70's & early 80's love, dance, & hip-hop gems such as "Juicy Fruit", "You Are Everything", "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" to name a few, to the ironically honest (if not always original) lyrical wording of her feelings, to the washed out moodiness of the CD booklet's photography.

But the tool that actually really surprised me, was Jennifer's voice itself. While most have (unfairly) jumped on her for her 'limited' voice; Ms. Lopez actually shows growth, warmth, range, softness, yet assertiveness whilst singing. Never has she sounded so confident, yet at the same time really I guess what she tries to stress as 'real'. For a pop star Jennifer has a more than average voice, in reality I see her as this generation's Paula Abdul.

Musically the soundscapes work from an urban setting & blend into lovely pop balladry ("The One"), funky anthems ("Jenny From the Block"), & great mid-tempo moments that work as a ballad or something that you could just sit & bob your head to ("All I Have").
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I love this album. The tone is perfect for traveling with your boo or or simply just relaxing with him/her. Do your thing J cuz there are alot of us who appreciate good music.

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Something has changed. Definitely. "This is me...then" the fourth album by Jennifer Lopez has a different sound she has never displayed before in previous cds.
It hardly ever gets any faster than mid-tempo, and even when that could have been a terrible mistake, she shows she can handle 70's soul quite well.
First cut "Jenny from the block" is instantly catchy and the most up-tempo track you'll find in here. Even when it can be a winner it sounds out of place with the rest of the songs.
If you are looking for new songs following the path of "Love don't cost a thing", "Waiting for tonight" or "Let's get loud", then go for Britney, because you won't find what you want in this album.
Something that deserves a chapter of it's own are her ballads .This time, to my surprise, they have been improved, and they sound romantic rather snoozy.
"Again" is an excellent track where Jennifer shows that her vocal range has widen since previous efforts. Her voice sounds sweet in songs such as "Baby I love you" or "Dear Ben".
"You belong to me" a Carly Simon cover, is another standout track, even when your mom tries to sing over it.
The overall result is good. Well, it must be when you have ten people writing a song. Jennifer co-wrote nine tracks and the cd is definitely well produced, if not overproduced at times. I would say it's a very good album though not quite what you would expect from a Jennifer Lopez album.
She moved on from her typical sound and tried something different. Usually when an artist makes such a change in their career, either they sell half what they used to or disappear a couple of albums after. Hope this is not any of those cases since "This is me...then" is not her worst, nor her best.
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This album is easily one of her best. Yes, it was rushed to coincide with her movies, but also so satisfy her fans. Her true fans love this album. It has a few flaws, but it's a solid, catchy, record breaking album. Everyone is talking about 'Go buy 'Charmbracelet' instead'. Really? 'This Is Me... Then' is one of the best selling albums of 2002/2003, and you guys really want to compare it to Mariah's most over-critized, flop album to date?

Tracks to check out:
Still
Loving You
I'm Glad
Baby I Love You!
Dear Ben
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I think This is me..then is one of the worst cd's released this year. I just bought it, and it is horrible! First of all, I know that Jennifer Lopez can't sing, because she never sings live! When she does, she lip syncs! Do you wonder why she says she will never do a live concert tour? She says it is because of the movies, but it's cause she can't hold a tune in front of a live audience. She has enough money to not do just one movie, but she wants to avoid doing a concert tour! Believe me, I know! One of the worst songs on the album is "Baby I love You." In it, they try to make her sound Motown, but the song cannot be met with her limited vocals, if she even has any. This is called Protools-it can do anything with her voice. It can make even Roseanne sound beautiful. If I could, I would give this CD no stars! THis CD is NOT R&B. It tries to be, and yet it does not work. A MUCH better CD is Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet, which has beautiful ballads coming from an amazingly talented singer. J.Lo ain't a bronx girl-a bronx girl is not a supposed diva, like this no good, classless singer.
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