Como Ama una Mujer

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For the mini series inspired by this album, see Jennifer Lopez Presents: Como Ama una Mujer.
Como Ama una Mujer
Studio album by Jennifer Lopez
Released March 23, 2007
Recorded 2005–07
Genre Latin
Length 49:57
Label Epic
Producer
Jennifer Lopez chronology
  • Como Ama una Mujer
  • (2007)
Singles from Como Ama una Mujer
  1. "Qué Hiciste"
    Released: January 26, 2007
  2. "Me Haces Falta"
    Released: March 23, 2007

Como Ama una Mujer (English: How a Woman Loves) is the fifth studio album by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez. It was released on March 23, 2007 by Epic Records. The album received generally mixed to some positive reviews, critics deemed this album vocally superior her previous ones, however others questioned a lack of highlights within Como Ama una mujer.

Inspiration and development[edit]

Lopez's husband Marc Anthony inspired her to record a Spanish album. He co-produced the majority of the album, alongside Estéfano.

Plans for Lopez to release a Spanish-language album materialized in 2004, when Lopez's then-husband Marc Anthony was finishing up production of his ninth studio album Amar Sin Mentiras (2004) with Estéfano and Julio Reyes. Lopez went into the recording studio with them to record a song entitled "Escapémonos", as a duet with Anthony. She enjoyed working on the song so much that she decided to record a full-length Spanish album; something she had wanted to do for years.[1] Prior to breaking out into the music scene in May 1999 with her single "If You Had My Love", Lopez always pictured her music career to be in Spanish. According to Lopez: "My life took a different turn, which was great for me. But my heart was always kind of on the Spanish side."[2] Before recording began for her first Spanish album, Lopez recorded and released her fourth English studio album Rebirth (2005).[3]

In early 2006 it was announced that Lopez would release her first Spanish album and her fifth studio album Como Ama una Mujer later that year.[4] According to Estéfano, Como Ama una Mujer will "prove critics wrong" from its "big songs that require a voice"; referring to the critics about Lopez having a "limited" vocal tone.[5][6]

After working on the album, Lopez said that she matured as singer, continuing by stating that: "Marc gave me confidence in the studio as well. When someone believes in you so much, you don't want to let them down. And it's also the material. I think this material lent itself to my voice. And it actually made me approach my new English album in a different way. I have a different standard now".[1]

Promotion[edit]

For promotion of Como Ama Una Mujer, Lopez traveled with her husband, Marc Athony, back to the Bronx, to meet fans and sign copies of her album in her old neighborhood.[7] Over 500 people attended.[7] In an interview, Lopez stated "It touches my heart to be able to bring this album back to my neighborhood, back to my home."[8]

Artwork[edit]

The album's artwork was shot by Tony Duran who worked with Jennifer for her previous projects. jennifer's photo has some kind of emotion in a classic way, glamorous pose, her hair pulled back and her hand around her neck. the album includes a booklet containing the songs lyrics,and Personnel.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (45/100)[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[11]
Billboard (positive)[10]
The Boston Globe (positive)[12]
Entertainment Weekly C+[13]
Q 1/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic (2/5)[14]
Vibe 2/5 stars[10]

The album currently has a score of 45 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who agreed that Lopez's vocals had improved.[10] The York Press, on the album, stated that "Lopez stunned many with her Spanish language Como Ama una Mujer, which at last proved that she is a major musical force."[15]

In his review of Como ama una Mujer, Tom Patrick said "If you like Lopez and her music, then you’ll likely find her new CD enjoyable. It's good to dance to, has some emotional tunes and a bit of variety, and the Spanish influence reaches beyond the vocals into the music. If you don’t like J.Lo, however, you might find yourself wishing the album were as abbreviated as her nickname."[16] Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly gave the album a C+, saying: "Passions run high and pulses low on this almost entirely balladic collection, which seems ripe for a series of videos full of heartbroken hair-brushing [...] Como Ama does represent a victory for Lopez by offering fairly persuasive proof that, contrary to rumor, she can sing, and without a regiment of background choralists. All that bulking up she's been doing at the vocal gym isn't enough, though, to turn flaccid torch songs into muscle. The production/writing team of Estéfano, Julio Reyes, and Marc Anthony mixes slight flamenco flavoring with assists from the London Symphony Orchestra; passable easy-listening-en-español weepies like "Me Haces Falta" don't begin to live up to their florid, romance-novel lyrics ("La verdad, estoy mal/Es sufrir, es gritar"— translation: "The truth is I hurt/I'm suffering, I'm screaming"). Torpor, it turns out, really is the universal language."[13] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic said "She acquits herself well as a vocalist − she never indulges in vocal gymnastics, and she can carry a tune strongly". He also said the album wasn't as "daring as Shakira."[11]

James Reed from The Boston Globe gave the album a positive review−"'Como Ama Una Mujer' in spite of its soft-focus romantic leanings, is a sincere album, organic in its instrumentation and introspective in its lyrics [...] for what is surely Lopez's most tasteful and reserved album yet. She's still Jenny from the block, only now the block has moved out of the gritty Bronx onto a quiet side street in the burbs. Lopez is far too savvy to make a straight ballads album, though. Her idea of a love song is more classic, opting for string sections over canned synthesizers. Yes, that's a real-life piano opening the title track, with a minor-chord progression that sounds oddly similar to Randy Newman's "In Germany Before the War." A delicate ballad with a simmering introduction, it opens wide to an over-the-top chorus that would sound best sung in unison by an arena of swaying fans, illuminated cellphones hoisted."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Como Ama una Mujer debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200[17] Jennifer Lopez is one of only few performers to debut in the top-ten of the Billboard 200 with a Spanish-language album (other artists who achieved this are Shakira – who to this date holds the record for highest debut for a Spanish-language album – Maná, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel and Selena). It sold a total of 49,452 copies in its opening week.[18][19]

Como ama una Mujer marks the highest debut sales in the United States for a Spanish album and the highest digital sales for a Spanish album.[20] It went straight to number one in Switzerland.[20] The album also stayed atop the Billboard Latin Albums Chart for 4 consecutive weeks; spending 26 weeks on the chart before leaving the top 100. With the Univision airing of the drama TV-series Como Ama Una Mujer featuring songs from the album, the album went back to the chart, hitting the #67 position after Lopez's performance of "Por Qué te marchas" on the 3rd episode of the show. The album reached the top ten in Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy.

As of June 2013, it has sold 213,000 copies in the United States. [21] As of August 2014, it has sold over 2.000,000 copies worldwide.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Qué Hiciste"  
Marc Anthony
  • Anthony
  • Reyes
4:57
2. "Me Haces Falta"   Estéfano Anthony
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
3:37
3. "Como Ama una Mujer"   Estéfano
  • Estéfano
  • Reyes
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
6:01
4. "Te Voy a Querer"  
  • Estéfano
  • Pilar Quiroga
  • Jimmy Paredez
  • Estéfano
  • Quiroga
  • Paredez
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
4:40
5. "Porque Te Marchas"   Estéfano Anthony
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
4:33
6. "Por Arriesgarnos"   Estéfano
  • Estéfano
  • Reyes
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
3:31
7. "Tú"  
  • Estéfano
  • Anthony
  • Reyes
  • Estéfano
  • Anthony
  • Reyes
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
4:10
8. "Amarte es Todo"   Estéfano
  • Estéfano
  • Reyes
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
4:00
9. "Apresúrate"  
  • Estéfano
  • José Luis Pagan
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
  • Pagan
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
5:02
10. "Sola"  
  • Estéfano
  • Reyes
  • Estéfano
  • Anthony
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
5:17
11. "Adiós"   Estéfano
  • Estéfano
  • Reyes
  • Anthony
  • Estéfano
4:09
Total length:
49:57

Personnel[edit]

Marc Anthony (right), Lopez's then-husband, co-wrote five songs that appeared on the final track-listing of Como ama una Mujer.
  • Vic Anesini – Mastering
  • Marc Anthony – Arranger, Vocals (background), Producer, Executive Producer
  • Eduardo Avena – Percussion
  • Odisa Beltrán – Production Coordination
  • Andres Bermudez – Mixing
  • Marco Britti – Drums
  • Jorge Calandrelli – String Arrangements
  • César Castillo – Quena, Sikus
  • José Garcia De La Rosa – Engineer
  • Sebastian DePeyrecave – Guitar, Assistant Engineer
  • Nailton Bispo "Meia Noiche" Dos Santos – Percussion
  • Tony Duran – Photography
  • Vicky Echeverri – Vocals (background)
  • Estéfano – Vocals (background), Producer
  • Mauricio Gasca – Arranger, Programming and Recording Engineer
  • Armando Gola – Bass
  • Mario Guini – Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
  • Anthony Kilhoffer – Engineer
  • Jadi Leesley – Stylist
  • The London Symphony Orchestra – Strings
  • Jennifer Lopez – Executive Producer
  • Juan José "Chaqueño" Martínez – Percussion
  • Pedro Namerow – Assistant Engineer
  • José Luis Pagán – Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Programming, Engineer
  • José Luis Pagani – Arranger, Programming
  • Ricardo Tiki Pasillas – Percussion, Drums, Vocals (background)
  • Ken Paves – Hair Stylist
  • Julian Peploe – Art Direction, Design
  • Erben Perez – Bass
  • Gustavo Pichon Dal Pont – Engineer
  • Julio C. Reyes – Piano, Accordion, Arranger, Conductor, Keyboards, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Mixing
  • Claudia Salgado – Production Coordination
  • Bruce Swedien – Engineer, Mixing
  • Guillermo Vadala – Bass
  • Matthew Vanleeuwen – Make-Up
  • Peter Wade – Engineer, Mixing

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Greece (IFPI Greece)[47] Gold 7,500^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[48] Gold 3,000x
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[49] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Platinum 30,000x
Russia (NFPF)[51] 2× Platinum 40,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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