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Classic Album Reviews: Jennifer Lopez | J to tha L-O! The Remixes / Shaggy | Hot Shot Ultramix

A pair of pop papsters try to get you to shell out for the same songs all over again.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Major-label remix albums tend to be bland and inconsequential at the best of times (unless somebody like Moby is involved). Remix albums of manufactured pop pap like Jennifer Lopez (sorry … J.Lo) and Shaggy are so safe and soulless they’re meaningless.

Let’s face it; The whole point of the exercise is to make you shell out again for songs you already own, and the best way to do that is to rework the song just enough to make it sound different — but not enough to interfere with that hit melody you know so well. So, “remixing” usually means “changing the drumbeat slightly, tossing in some new effects and adding a guest rap here and there.” That’s pretty much all you get from diva Lopez’s dull J to tha L-O!, which aims for the retro-boogie dance party crowd with its emphasis on disco grooves and extended dance mixes. Dancehall hip-popper Shaggy, meanwhile, tries to take a more rub-a-dubby tack with skanky beats and Caribbean flavours, but this watered-down attempt at dub sounds less like Lee (Scratch) Perry and more like the lounge band at the Montego Bay Holiday Inn. Both discs include at least one new track; none of them is catchy enough to justify the purchase price. Wait for their new albums instead.