Jennifer Lopez's debut album On the 6 showcases
the actress' sultry, versatile voice in a number
of settings, including pop ballads, Latin pop,
and R&B. Star producers like Sean "Puffy" Combs,
Track Masters, and Emilio Estefan Jr. lend their
talents to the album, making On the 6 a perfectly
polished and varied album, which features a musical
blend Lopez calls "Latin soul."
Smooth ballads such as "Should've Never," "Too
Late," "Could This Be Love," and "No Me Ames,"
a duet with Latin superstar Marc Anthony, dominate
the album's first half; while these songs show
off the gentler side of Lopez's vocal gifts, they
tend to sound too similar. It's on the R&B and
Latin-tinged tracks where Lopez really shines.
Along with the insistent first single "If You
Had My Love," cuts like "Feelin' So Good" and
"Let's Get Loud" have a fiery, soulful sound more
in keeping with Lopez's public persona.
On the 6's second half capitalizes on this spicy,
upbeat side, particularly on "Waiting for Tonight"
and "Open Off My Love," which draws inspiration
from rap, R&B, and Latin styles with its sparse
arrangement of horns, keyboards, and beats. The
tropical remix of "No Me Ames" and "Una Noche
Mas," the Spanish version of "Waiting for Tonight,"
emphasize Lopez's distinctive heritage, which
elevates On the 6 from a star's vanity project
to an individual but accessible work of pop songcraft
by a widely talented performer.