Everything here is derivative in one way or another. "Play" is a celebration of club music that's as catchy and simple-minded as Madonna's "Music," and the faux Latin pop of "Si Ya Se Agabo" and "Dame," two songs Lopez sings in Spanish, is geared to please the Ricky Martin contingent. References to the authenticity of her love in the single "Love Don't Cost a Thing" suggests Lopez is overcompensating in the attempt to refute criticisms of her ongoing relationship with Sean "Puffy" Combs, who's currently on trial for a shooting incident that took place at a Manhattan club. Having Combs produce three of the songs on the album is undoubtedly an attempt to suggest that all is well between them, but again it's a fabricated move. "Oh, I wish this could be real," Lopez sings in "Ain't It Funny," but despite her efforts, that wish is far from being fulfilled on J. Lo.
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