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An album in two halfs
on 31 December 2007
Aside from the sturdy lead single 'Do It Well, the quintet of songs that open Brave are at once completely acceptable and utterly disposable. 'Stay Together' clatters merrily along but with little hook or appeal and 'Gotta Be There' is Kayne West in its sampling but with none of his wit or cruciality. On song six 'Never Gonna Give Up', Lopez mimics the theatricality of Rhianna's 'Unfaithful' and it almost works.
By the time 'Mile In My Shoes' begins it's weird mix of thin beats, muted guitar and strings I've begun listening. From here on, with the coiled synth and old skool hip hop of 'The Way It Is' and the melodic 'I Need Love' Lopez delivers her most musically interesting album to date, albeit an EP of six or seven songs but one certainly worth a listen.
Where she goes from here is anyones guess, I think the general feeling is Lopez's moment has passed and this album has not changed things. She will always be around but a sustained effort on her part to this will be required.