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"On The 6"
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Year of Release: 1999
If You Had My Love
Feelin' So Good
Let's Get Loud
Could This Be Love
No Me Ames
Waiting For Tonight
Open Off My Love
Promise Me You'll Try
It's Not That Serious
Talk About Us
No Me Ames
Una Noche Mas
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"On The 6"
So during the day you're an actor or actress... but at night, you want to
be a singer? Hmmmm.... That thought has been attempted by numerous actors and
actresses who at one point in their careers decided to take on the role as a
singer. In most cases, these talented artists were better off keeping their
day jobs on either the big screen or television. (Rhino Records' Golden
Throats series proved that...) Then take the case of an actor and actress
who recorded albums, and actually didn't do that bad: Miami Vice
Don Johnson recorded two albums in the 1980s, and Married With Children
Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy) also recorded an album in the late Eighties. However,
none of these talented people on the big or little screen never accomplished
the success as actress Jennifer Lopez.
Jennifer Lopez released her first album, On The 6 last year (1999),
and her first single, "If You Had My Love" skyrocketed to the #1 position
and became one of the biggest songs of 1999. Lopez would also be a part of the
"Latin Movement": Many artists of Latin heritage having popular hits in 1999
(Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana).
"Should've Never", having the spanish guitar sound, has the soul of a
slow ballad by such artists as Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston. "Too Late"
also has soulfulness, but this kind of soul is compared to songs by TLC.
"Feelin' So Good" has a more upbeat, funky rap beat. (Sean "Puff Daddy"
Combs gets his hand as producer on this one...)
And speaking of producers, Emilio Estefan (Gloria's husband) gets the
nod of approval in producing the next two songs: "Let's Get Loud" and
"Could This Be Love." "Let's Get Loud" definitely has the
Conga/Latin musical style, as heard in the early Miami Sound Machine.
Things slow down into another powerful ballad on "Could This Be Love."
This song should become another huge radio airplay favorite.
Another popular Latin artist of 1999, Marc Anthony, gets to help out Lopez
on the duet "No Me Ames (tropical remix)". There are two versions of
this song on this album, the first one having an upbeat Latin beat. The second
version is a ballad. The upbeat Latin version is definitely compared to Gloria
Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, and Selena. (Emilio Estefan produced this
"Waiting For Tonight" is the latest single heard on radio and
video on VH-1. It's an upbeat dance tune, and is getting heavy airplay on
both radio and video television. "Open Off My Love" has the Latin
sound, with an upbeat dance twist, likewise "It's Not That Serious".
(I keep hearing the chorus of Miami Sound Machine's "Conga" when I
hear the piano in these two songs...)
Returning back to the soulful ballad sound, "Promise Me You'll Try"
is easily compared to the sound heard on Vanessa Williams' "Saving The Best
For Last." "Talk About Us" is another soulful song in the styles of Toni
Braxton and/or Whitney Houston. The album closes with the spanish version of
"Waiting For Tonight," "Una Noche Mas."
For the Latin music lover, or the upbeat dance fan, Jennifer Lopez's On
The 6 is an excellent choice. It's impressive in many ways; the Latin sound
is truly enjoyable, having a mix of the current music styles, as in upbeat dance,
soul, and rap. The latest trend is Latin music, and it will want look back
to other popular Latin artists, such as Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound
Machine, the late Selena, and for the rock in roll in all of us, rediscovering
the early (and classic works of) Santana.
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