Song Premiere + #QuickListen Review: Jennifer Lopez “Ain’t Your Mama”

Boy, things are about to change ’round here.

Jennifer Lopez releases her new song “Ain’t Your Mama” ahead of her performance tonight (April 7th) on the American Idol series finale.

The track is co-written by Meghan Trainor and produced by Dr. Luke and reunites her with a contemporary sound that, much like her reused photos in the single cover from her 2003 Esquire spread, is better suited for an earlier time in her career. “Ain’t Your Mama” begins promising with a hard-hitting chorus that could have introduce a heavier urban dance track, but instead drops its energy to contemporary pop melodies through the verses. It will be interesting to see how she performs this live because the song could use the dynamics of a live band to spice up the song altogether.

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The chorus is great but the rest of it feels lazily-produced; cut-print-released; rushed to possibly to meet deadlines for the American Idol finale performance. The song aims to be a spicy/fun anthem for over-supportive women, but on first listen, not sure it entirely accomplishes that. Hopefully after the live performances, music video and hearing it a few more times might enhance the song some. But for now it’s a bit dull. Love you always, J. Lo.

Listen to the track below!

 

How do you feel about the new song? Are you excited to see her perform it on Idol? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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