Brave (Jennifer Lopez album)

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Brave
Studio album by Jennifer Lopez
Released October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04)
Recorded 2006–07
Genre
Length 47:53
Label Epic
Producer
Jennifer Lopez chronology
  • Brave
  • (2007)
Singles from Brave
  1. "Do It Well"
    Released: August 19, 2007 (2007-08-19)
  2. "Hold It Don't Drop It"
    Released: January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11)

Brave is the sixth studio album by American singer Jennifer Lopez. It was released on October 4, 2007, by Epic Records.

Background[edit]

In a MTV News interview while on the music video set for "Me Haces Falta", Lopez promised fans "danceable music" on this album. This album returned Lopez to pop, R&B, and hip hop sound after her previous English-language studio album, Rebirth (2005).[3] She stated the album would be "dance, funk, R&B, hip-hop, all that stuff, all mixed up together to make some great pop music".[3] She described Brave as "a little Jamiroquai, a little Sade. It's real feel-good music".[4] Lopez recruited producers including J. R. Rotem, Bloodshy & Avant, Midi Mafia, and Ryan Tedder.[4][5]

Singles[edit]

A nineteen second sample of "Stay Together", a monogamy anthem, where Lopez declares that heartbreak and dating are overrated and that staying together is the new trend.[6]

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"Do It Well", a dance-pop song written by Ryan Tedder, was released as the album's lead single; being released to radio stations on August 21, 2007 and digitally on September 17, 2007.[7][8] The song topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart, and charted at 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached two in Italy, however failed to chart within the top ten of any other music market.[9] The accompanying music video "has her delivering J-Lo blows to S&M kidnappers in a sleazy basement club."[10] "Do It Well" is the only single to be released in the US from Brave. "Hold It, Don't Drop It" was released as the second and final single from the album on January 21, 2008.[11] It only charted on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks, reaching a peak of 72.[12] The video directed by Melina Matsoukas, which featured a pregnant Lopez, premiered December 4, 2007.

The title track "Brave" was set to be released as the album's third single, however was scrapped due to negative reception of the album. Due to digital sales, "Mile in These Shoes" charted in Finland at number sixteen on the singles chart[13] and number fourteen on the download chart.[14] The song was the promotional song used for season four of Desperate Housewives.

Commercial performance[edit]

Brave debuted at number twelve on the US Billboard 200 with 52,600 copies sold in its first week, her first studio effort to miss the chart's top ten.[15] It has sold 168,000 copies in the United States to date, making it Lopez's lowest-selling and lowest-charting album of her career.[16]Brave has sold 650,000 copies worldwide as of 2013.[17] It was generally viewed as a sales disaster and a commercial flop.[18] The album also performed poorly internationally; only reaching as high as six on the Japanese Albums Chart and Swiss Albums Chart.[19][20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (52/100)[21]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[22]
Billboard (positive)[23]
Blender 2/5 stars[21]
Entertainment Weekly C[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[24]
New York Post 3.5/4 stars[25]
NOW (2/4)[26]
PopMatters (3/10)[27]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[28]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[29]

Reviews for Brave were generally mixed. Billboard said that "The album is another market-smart collection of radio fodder, rather than Lopez's artistic breakout. That said, no one does classy pop quite like she does."[23] Dotmusic said that "Brave is actually one of her strongest albums to date."[30] Allmusic said that "It's nothing more than modest music for mellow good times, but it's lively enough to be fleeting fun, with enough good tunes for a mild party, preferably one that's held at home."[22] NOW said that "The songs are formulaic but catchy, and the production is meticulous."[21][26] The Guardian said that "The sound harks back to the genre's golden age at the turn of the century: chunky bass lines, disco strings and purring beats dominate, and the brassy melodies are engineered for maximum dancefloor impact."[24] Rolling Stone said that "J. Lo has turned away from the slick, minimalist future funk currently ruling the pop zeitgeist for chintzy production that screams 1990."[28]

Other reviews for the album were negative. Entertainment Weekly stated that "Expensive beats and uplifting material are offset by listless vocals."[1] Vibe was in a similar agreement with Entertainment Weekly, "That Brave on the whole is almost unapologetically poor isn't surprising—Jenny's never made a viable Album of the Year. But never before has the fly-girl-cum-cover girl been so listless."[21] Yahoo! Music's review said: "Given Jennifer Lopez's thin voice, it's hard to expect greatness when she puts out an album. But Brave disappoints even for J.Lo-adjusted standards. Chock full of tepid dance grooves, Lopez's voice has never sounded so weak and marginal as on this record."[31] PopMatters said that "Brave has neither a strong artistic personality nor boffo production, and as a result, ends up being just another disposable pop record with no redeeming value."[27] About.com said that "The tracks on Brave that try to be club records fall short, containing such light beats and unexciting vocals, that few will be drawn to the dance floor."[32] Entertainment Weekly placed the album at number 5 on their list of worst albums of 2007.[33]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Brave.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Stay Together"   3:30
2. "Forever"   3:39
3. "Hold It Don't Drop It"  
  • Kevin Risto
  • Waynne Nugent
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Allen Phillip Lees
  • Tawana Dabney
  • Janet Sewell
  • Cynthia Lissette
  • Dennis Lambert
  • Brian Potter
  • Dirty Swift
  • Bruce Wayyne
  • Rooney[a]
  • Philosophy[c]
3:55
4. "Do It Well"  
  • Tedder
  • Rooney[a]
3:05
5. "Gotta Be There"   3:57
6. "Never Gonna Give Up"  
4:21
7. "Mile in These Shoes"  
  • Nwagbara
  • Onique Williams
  • Warren "Oak" Felder
  • Rooney[a]
3:16
8. "The Way It Is"  
3:07
9. "Be Mine"  
3:20
10. "I Need Love"  
3:52
11. "Wrong When You're Gone"  
3:58
12. "Brave"  
  • Christian Karlsson
  • Pontus Winnberg
  • Lewis
  • Muhammad
  • Smith
  • Nelson
4:21
13. "Do It Well" (featuring Ludacris) (bonus track)
  • Tedder
  • Rooney[a]
3:33
Total length:
47:53
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000ZXT1IO
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  25. ^ New York Post review[dead link]
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  35. ^ 27, 2007
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