Como Ama una Mujer
|Como Ama una Mujer|
|Studio album by Jennifer Lopez|
|Released||March 23, 2007|
|Jennifer Lopez chronology|
|Singles from Como Ama una Mujer|
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 poor reviews, critics deemed this album vocally inferior to her previous ones, whilst others questioned a lack of highlights within Como Ama una Mujer.
Inspiration and development
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. 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." Before recording began for her first Spanish album, Lopez recorded and released her fourth English studio album Rebirth (2005).
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. 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.
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".
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. Over 500 people attended. In an interview, Lopez stated "It touches my heart to be able to bring this album back to my neighborhood, back to my home."
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.
|The Boston Globe||(positive)|
The album currently has a score of 45 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on mixed reviews from music critics, who agreed that Lopez's vocals had improved. 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."
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." 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." 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."
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."
Como Ama una Mujer debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 Jennifer Lopez is one of only a few performers to debut in the top ten of the Billboard 200 with a Spanish language album (other artists who achieved this are Wisin & Yandel, Shakira, Maná, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Selena). It sold a total of 49,452 copies in its opening week.
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. It went straight to number one in Switzerland. 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 number 67 after Lopez's performance of "Por Qué te marchas" on the third episode of the show. The album reached the top ten in Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy.
|2.||"Me Haces Falta"||Estéfano||Anthony||
|3.||"Como Ama una Mujer"||Estéfano||
|4.||"Te Voy a Querer"||
|5.||"Porque Te Marchas"||Estéfano||Anthony||
|8.||"Amarte es Todo"||Estéfano||
|International iTunes Store bonus track|
- 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 – arranger, guitar (acoustic), guitar, guitar (electric), keyboards, programming, engineer
- José Luis Pagani – arranger, programming
- Ricardo Tiki Pasillas – percussion, drums, vocals (background)
- Ken Paves – hairstylist
- Julian Peploe – art direction, design
- Erben Perez – bass
- Gustavo Pichon Dal Pont – engineer
- Julio C. Reyes – accordion, arranger, conductor, engineer, keyboards, mixing, piano, producer, programming, string arrangements
- Claudia Salgado – production coordination
- Bruce Swedien – engineer, mixing
- Guillermo Vadala – bass
- Matthew Vanleeuwen – make-up
- Peter Wade – engineer, mixing
Sales and certifications
|Greece (IFPI Greece)||Gold||7,500^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||30,000x|
|Russia (NFPF)||2× Platinum||40,000*|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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