The Farr Side: Jennifer Lopez's album should get listeners ‘on the floor’

David T. Farr

It’s good to be Jennifer Lopez right now. She’s on television’s No. 1 show, “American Idol.” People magazine declared her “World’s Most Beautiful Woman.” And her music career has her back on the floor.

Lopez’s latest album, “Love?,” featuring her mega-top five hit “On The Floor,” is available now. The song marks her return to the charts. “Love?” also is her first release on Island Def Jam Records.

There’s no denying that her role as an “AI” judge, along with Steven Tyler, helped fuel a renewed interest in her music career, but she’s sort of a mogul all by herself.

J-Lo is an actress, entertainer, recording artist, dancer, film and TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In other words, she can do it all.

Some people have argued Lopez’s musical relevance, but her track record speaks for itself. She has had a plethora of hits since her 1996 debut, “If You Had My Love” from “On The 6” album, which also included “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” “Play,” “Waiting For Tonight,” “Ain’t It Funny,” “I’m Real,” “Feelin’ So Good,” “Get It Right” and “Jenny From The Block.”

I always feel the need to champion her success by mentioning she was the first artist in history to debut a No. 1 single, album and movie all in the same week.

Still, Lopez has to prove herself to critics. True, she doesn’t have the greatest voice of all time, but nobody said she was trying to be Celine Dion. Sometimes, music doesn’t have to be just about the voice. It can be fun, too. Case in point: just about every other female singer on the charts right now.

If “anything, Love?” is an awkward title for the new album. It’s a prefab dance pop record sure to get you “on the floor.” Just like Brittney Spears’ “Femme Fatale,” there’s not a ballad in the mix anywhere. So the vocal critics can rest easy now.

Lopez is a dancer at heart (remember: she got her start as a Fly Girl on “In Living Color”), so you can expect to move when you listen to the new music. Her latest single, “Invading My Mind,” illustrates this best. Its bass-thumping beat is an irresistible blend of synthetic pop J-Lo style.

The tracks “One Love,” “Good Hit,” “Until It Beats No More,” “Villain,” and “Hypnotico,” continue the high-end sound production that’s sometimes fused with Latin spice, but largely doused with Euro flair.

Jennifer, in case you’re wondering, I got nothin’ but love for ya, and it don’t cost a thing, either.

David T. Farr is a Strugis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.