Video: Jennifer Lopez - "Dance Again" (ft. Pitbull)


Jennifer Lopez’s new video for “Dance Again” is all about decadence. From the extravagant mansion setting to the anti-gravity acrobatics to (especially) the pile of half-naked anonymous bodies writhing on a marble floor and the shimmering body paint (anyone else get Marina and the Diamonds “I Am Not A Robot” vibes?). Visually, it’s some of Lopez’s best work. Even Pitbull’s requisite skeeviness doesn’t ruin it. “Dance Again” isn’t anything mind-blowing, but as a getting-back-on-my-feet/the dance floor song, it does the job, and you can bet that I will do the hands-in-the-air, this-is-my-jam move when it comes on at the club. Even though the song is pretty generic beats-wise and harmless melody-wise, when Lopez and her boo break it down with that seriously sexy dance routine…Damn. And the blindfolds bit! (Is it hot in here?) All I have to say is DO YOU JLO.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

This... this sucks.

Anonymous said...

what's the point then in posting this? we are going to be bombarded with this video everywhere and it would be fine for you to talk about this if you at least had something interesting to say about it! but you don't! all you do is provide a half ass description of the obvious...using hyphen and dashes doesn't make up for lack of analysis.

Anonymous said...

Confession: I love it when you review mainstream music! You make an awesome job at covering the indie, underground and unknown A little pop act review doesn't kill. In my humble view, it actually makes CF a more interesting music blog.

Anonymous said...

pero no se trata de hablar o no sobre este tipo de musica, sino de tener algo interesante que decir al respecto. no veo porque no pueda ser interesante para los lectores algo de comentario cultural sobre el mainstream. el problema de este post es que NO LO HACE, jajaja. Aqui hay puras descripciones vanales en vez de analisis. Ahora, en esta pagina seguido pasa eso con otros posts de grupos indies sin que nadie se queje....why should we hold this to a different standard?
CF is no Pitchfork but it's what we got.

Blanca Méndez said...

My intention with this post was to share a video that I like. Simple as that. If you don't like it, fine. But, as the commenter before me (kind of) said, demanding analysis in this case - in which you are probably only hate-reading, anyway - when other video posts do the exact same thing (provide a description along with what the writer likes/doesn't like about it) is essentially trying to enforce a different set of standards in the case of artists who are too mainstream and/or not to your liking.

Pierre Lestruhaut said...

If track/video posts are gonna be reduced to sharing stuff we like, then how does that make this blog any better than our own facebook walls?

Blanca Méndez said...

A large part of what we do here, or at least what I do, is sharing. I don't think that's reductive when what I'm sharing is relevant to what we cover. I've done the exact same thing (this is a video I like, this is why I like it) in writing other video posts. It's only when the artist at hand is a mainstream one that I get questioned.

I could have written a long think piece on Jennifer Lopez and her role in mainstream music and pop culture, but I didn't think a video post was the appropriate place to do that. I will gladly do that in a review of the album on which this song will be featured, but even then there will always be someone who will think, Why Jennifer Lopez? What does she have to do with anything? She's not worthy! Etc., etc.

If I knew how to link to a song here, I would link to Kelly Clarkson's "You Can't Win."

Anonymous said...

right Blanca, other posts here get away with being superficial. but there is an argument for why posts about mainstream artists should be held to a different standard: in other posts the blog is showcasing an artist that will not be covered anywhere else, therefore there is already an inherit merit in posting, since even if there isn't much going on in the text at least you are pointing people's attention to an underexposed act. this "inherit merit" is not present when you post about mainstream stuff....there, since we are going to be seeing everywhere, simply copy-pasting a video link with 3-4 poorly written sentences just doesn't cut it. you see? there should be a different standard, here you need to prove to the reader why they should care. now, you don't need to write a think piece on jlo here, you need a think piece on the video...for example, you write "visually, it's some of Lopez's best work" and then move on to a different idea without fleshing out what you mean by that....okey, why is this some of her best work? how does this video jive with the rest of her work? etc.
lots and lots of people are hoping this blog will tank....don't help those loosers

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