MUSIC REVIEW: Jennifer Lopez bores with "I Luh Ya Papi"

Mar 12, 2014 at 9:29 p.m. ET

I find it impossible to peel myself away from watching Jennifer Lopez on American Idol. But I wish I could peel this song off of her discography.

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Let's write "meh" on a sticky note, smack it on this single and call it a day. And that could really be the end of my review.

I know, I can be a hater, but this really isn't up to the salacious diva's caliber.

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But wait. There is hope. I'm willing to wager that the music video probably would redeem this spring anthem (can't give it summer anthem status, not enough "pow"). JLo sure does know how to make a ferocious visual impression.

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So what's the single about? Well, Jennifer Lopez says she "loves her daddy" in "I Luh Ya Papi" and it does smack you with all its bubbly, chewing-gum splendor, and has the charm of Ja Rule and Lopez's "I'm Real." So obviously it's enjoyable. It's just not irresistible.

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With an updated, morphed, techno-laden swag, it does get you dreaming of Jennifer Lopez's characteristic, gleaming smile and hypnotic gaze. I don't doubt that fans will like this song, only because Lopez really cannot ever do any wrong. Just like what Britney Spears is to pop music, Jennifer Lopez is to club bangers.

Lopez understands what party people want and delivers. I would like to see her take more risks but her mainstream dominance is untouchable.

"I Luh Ya Papi" features French Montana and is the headliner off her eighth studio album. We all can expect it to dominate when it emerges in the latter part of 2014.

While I usually could bank on her songs being so hot they smoke the competition, I really didn't care for the track. It's got some sizzle, but doesn't really get me particularly roused. But I can imagine someone else that is aroused — a stud named Casper Smart, perhaps?

What a lucky guy.

And Jennifer Lopez is even luckier with another sure-to-please (at least some people) single under her belt.

Check it out here.


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