Jenny Goes Back to the Block

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"I'm the baddest bitch right here" exclaims JLO on "Acting Like That" with Iggy Azalea, but (and it's a big butt) it doesn't sound all that convincing. Don't get me wrong, I adore Jennifer Lopez. She is a true class act, but this album is definitely a departure from the style of music JLO has been releasing over the past five years.

While this album is essentially void of EDM tracks, it is a true return to her Jenny From The Block roots, containing several gorgeous ballads and classic R&B jams filled with hooks reminiscent of the early 90's. The biggest downfall of this album though lies in the abundance of producers and collaborators used on the album. It makes A.K.A. sound less like an album and more like a collection of songs. Yes, there is a difference.

But despite all of that, JLO is still releasing quality music and is still as relevant as ever. She even acknowledges her core audience by throwing in nods to RuPaul's Drag Race and Paris is Burning in the track "Tens," where she seamlessly raps out references to underground ballroom culture.

As JLO gears up to release 3 films over the next year and is currently working on 2 television programs, she has proven that she is still at the top of her game. While quite different from previous records, A.K.A is still a very strong effort that showcases how good Jennifer's vocals really are when they aren't hidden behind glitzy dance production. 

Must-download tracks: First Love, Never Satisfied, Let It Be Me, Tens (feat. Jack Mizrahi), Troubeaux (feat. Nas) and Same Girl (feat. French Montana)

Available on iTunes