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
  1. shanl
    Mar 5, 2007
    10
    i love the cd it has sooooooooooooo many good songs that make me smile when i have bad days how in the world does she hit the high notes?
  2. zacharyl
    Oct 4, 2006
    10
    quintessential janet. i love it
  3. CaptainJackSparrow
    Sep 27, 2006
    10
    Good or bad, don't trust the reviews. There are a lot of biases towards and against Janet right now. Judge this album for yourself. If Good or bad, don't trust the reviews. There are a lot of biases towards and against Janet right now. Judge this album for yourself. If you can forget about her last name, forget about her brother, forget about the darn superbowl, I can't imagine you wont at least feel it was worth the 9.99 it cost to buy. Janet delivers. Expand
  4. mikeyd
    Oct 8, 2006
    10
    Can't stop listening to it. Smokin!!
  5. BenM
    Oct 15, 2006
    8
    Great Beats! 1st half is very funky and very dancy!! 2nd half is a bit slow for me but I think this album is definately better/more Great Beats! 1st half is very funky and very dancy!! 2nd half is a bit slow for me but I think this album is definately better/more successful than Damita Jo Expand
  6. mikes.
    Sep 28, 2006
    6
    One could consider this a comeback album for Janet Jackson, however; this album is severely flawed. Although the production is modern, there One could consider this a comeback album for Janet Jackson, however; this album is severely flawed. Although the production is modern, there are some questionable production methods that ruin certain songs from their true potential. There are only about three good songs on the album. Still I was surprised, I didn't expect any good songs from Janet and this album is a heck of a lot better than other "modern" R&B artist. In particular this is a lot better than the new Beyonce album on levels. Not really a good album, but definitely an above average album coming from an artist that seems to be coming out of a slump. Expand
  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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