Picks and Pans Review: Jennifer Lopez

updated 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Brave |

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As far as dance-pop divas go, Jennifer Lopez may never have her Ray of Light or Control. But she learned enough moves from Madonna and Janet—two other singers with limited voices—to usually make her albums guilty pleasures. Brave, while hardly daring, is consistently entertaining. Whereas this year's Spanish-language departure, Como Ama Una Mujer, got bogged down by too many ballads, the new CD takes the former Fly Girl back to the dance floor, where she belongs. Club-friendly cuts like "Hold It Don't Drop It" and first single "Do It Well"—sampling Tavares and Eddie Kendricks respectively—find the missing link between disco and hip-pop, while the throbbing title tune sounds like a lost Madge track circa 1986.
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