20 Y.O.

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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.
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  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. Janet is as crafty and poised as ever. Her flirtations are still a pleasure, but an overly familiar one.
  4. Blender
    50
    It's hard to catch much buzz off fun that sounds so much like work. [Dec 2006, p.170]
  5. 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.
  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: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Nov 5, 2016
    10
    Such an Amazing come back since Damita Jo is a terrible album. This album is mainly intended for dancing but it ends up working. I highlightSuch an Amazing come back since Damita Jo is a terrible album. This album is mainly intended for dancing but it ends up working. I highlight tracks as Call on Me, do it 2 me, Get it out Me and So Exited. Expand
  2. DustinW
    Oct 4, 2006
    10
    It is a great step up for Janet. I hope this C.D. will let America know that she is a true star and not just a nipple.
  3. ClaudiaV
    Sep 27, 2006
    10
    I just bought six copies of Janet's album cause I just can't get enough! All the songs are great and are what I expected from her, I just bought six copies of Janet's album cause I just can't get enough! All the songs are great and are what I expected from her, with a drop of "ghetto". For those of you who don't already have the album, please go buy it today, and for those of you who have, BUY ANOTHER ONE! GREAT SONGS AND BEATS! Expand
  4. tyrelln
    Oct 23, 2006
    10
    Janet i love the cd is the biznezz!!!!!!!! Love You
  5. JosephV
    Feb 22, 2007
    8
    This is not Janet's best effort by a long shot, but it is also not her worst (Damito Jo.) The one thing that is lacking is that it feels This is not Janet's best effort by a long shot, but it is also not her worst (Damito Jo.) The one thing that is lacking is that it feels less like a Janet Jackson record and more like a compilation of new songs that Janet just happened to like. There is very little continuity. However, many of the songs are wonderful -- it's a great collection of new Janet songs that I am really happy to listen to! Expand
  6. JennaB
    Sep 28, 2006
    6
    I've never heard of her before.
  7. ShirleyH
    Sep 29, 2006
    0
    This album is a huge dissapointment...once again. It's been nearly a decade since Janet's put out a album worthy of putting her This album is a huge dissapointment...once again. It's been nearly a decade since Janet's put out a album worthy of putting her name on the cover. 20 Y.O. is garbage. Expand

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