So how was it?
Being vocal: The criticism about Lopez's voice is that it's thin and colorless. Which, well, is true. That's mostly how it played out on Saturday, but some exceptions did exist. You never know these days if someone is actually singing live in concert, but I'd wager that Lopez was doing just that on "Never Satisfied." She says it's her favorite new song, and I can see why; its opening bars gave her a chance to show off a bluesy, soulful vocal ability in a way no other song has. She also scored in a sweet a cappella bit with two back-up singers that was pure filigree gorgeousness. Those were the highlights. A low light? Points in "Love Don't Cost a Thing" sounded strained and pinched.
Star power: Even if her singing isn't going to cause Adele to lose sleep, Lopez has got everything else going on: vivacious charisma, frisky songs, and funky dance moves.
Songs, now and then: Lopez just released a new album, "A.K.A.," on Tuesday, and she pulled some of its best singles to perform. "First Love" juices a great groove. "Booty" is a hilariously catchy tune, punctuated by the requisite booty-shaking choreography. Of the older hits, "Let's Get Loud," with its propulsive Latin flavor, popped as the night's biggest party starter. And, of course, "Jenny from the Block" (which Lopez sang while wearing a spangly red
Face time: Lopez looks sensational. She's got that whole
Clothes call: ... the costumes. Lopez apparently has a strong prejudice against pants. And why not, if you want to show off gams like that? She segued between various sparkling or fringed or barely-there bodysuits -- including one that recalled her famous green Versace gown from the 2000 Grammys. Coolest trick of the evening was during "Let's Get Loud," when dancers with huge fans, a la
Setting the stage: The set seemed designed for a bigger venue than at
The price of fame? Lopez didn't have an opening act. Her show ran about an hour and a quarter. As I was walking out afterward, another concert-goer who didn't know I was a reporter started chatting with me and told me he thought it was "ridiculous" that his ticket cost
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