April 02, 2007 12:00 PM

Como Ama Una Mujer
REVIEWED BY CHUCK ARNOLD

LATIN POP

Back in the pre-J.Lo days, before she had a record deal, Jennifer Lopez lip-synched her way to big-screen stardom in Selena, the biopic of the slain Tejano singer who mostly recorded in Spanish. Now, 10 years later, Lopez has released her first Spanish-language album, Como Ama Una Mujer (translation: How a Woman Loves). With some writing, production and vocal help from husband Marc Anthony, a veteran of the Latin music scene, Lopez smoothly transforms into Jenny from the Barrio. The Bronx-born Puerto Rican, who became fluent in Spanish as an adult, eschews the hip-hop and R&B leanings of her last two discs in favor of Latin rhythms and guitar on tracks like the muy sexy single “Qué Hiciste.” However, the second half of the CD is dragged down by too many ballads, which, no matter what tongue they’re sung in, will never be Lopez’s strong suit.

DOWNLOAD THIS: “Qué Hiciste”

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