Picks and Pans Review: J.lo

updated 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/05/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jennifer Lopez (Epic)

The rapperlike title of Lopez's new disc, which follows her multiplatinum 1999 debut, On the 6, reflects the Latina diva's desire to be down with the hip-hop crowd favored by her honey, Sean "Puffy" Combs. She may star in major movies (her latest, The Wedding Planner, just opened) and wrap herself in glamorous Versace dresses, but on such street-edged dance-pop numbers as "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "I'm Real," she still wants fans to think of her as just the homegirl-next-door.

Such a modest approach allows Lopez to work well within her considerable vocal limitations on J.Lo. She doesn't reach for higher meaning or emotional depth on such feel-good party jams as "Play" and "Walking on Sunshine" (one of four songs cowritten and coproduced by Combs). And the spicy Spanish-language track "Dame," a duet with Puerto Rican crooner Chayanne, keeps the fiesta going strong.

Bottom Line: Fly girl just wants to have fun

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