20 Y.O. - Janet Jackson
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  • Summary: Jermaine Dupri co-produced the latest studio disc for his current girlfriend, the most-assuredly-not-20-year-old Janet Jackson. Nelly guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. What really differentiates the album from its predecessors is that there's almost no trace of tension to be heard. It's all about fooling around and being in love.
  2. Dupri exits the album halfway through, leaving the final five songs almost entirely to Jam-Lewis-Jackson. She seems hopelessly drawn to their old-school settings of strings, real pianos and quiet-storm drama.
  3. There's a little too much consistency across the album -- too few moments stand out, and too many of the hooks just blend together.
  4. The saddest thing about 20 Y.O. is that Janet's decision to hedge her bets on an album whose backbone is made up of terrible R&B instead of great dance music.
  5. 50
    It's hard to catch much buzz off fun that sounds so much like work. [Dec 2006, p.170]
  6. A record that surgically removes all trace of sensuality and replaces it with calculated, mechanical, by-numbers bump'n'grind action.
  7. It's a bland album that rarely shifts tempo and shows almost none of the personality Jackson used to have.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32