Damita Jo - Janet Jackson
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  • Summary: The nipple-baring superstar's first album in three years features production from Dallas Austin, Babyface, Kanye West, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 80
    What's titillating about Damita Jo isn't some easy flash of sexuality, but the varied soundbeds that Jackson and her producers create to house her love games, and the confidence with which she plays. [May 2004, p.116]
  2. The obligatory boring ballads aside, the results are astonishing.
  3. The sex tracks themselves are more scary than seductive.... [But] the dancefloor tunes are far more slinky. [May 2004, p.107]
  4. For the most part, the songs are stylized set pieces--the furthest thing from steamy R&B--and they evaporate as you listen to them. [9 Apr 2004, p.83]
  5. Without strong rhythmic or melodic hooks, the album's slow grooves blend together and Jackson disappears into the productions.
  6. Finds her flailing club-footedly some twelve steps behind contemporary R&B, whispering distractedly through a seemingly unending array of interludes and phoning in songs that even Mariah at her most barely-there would dismiss as a trifle on the insipid side.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  1. mrdamitajosameasabove
    Apr 20, 2004
    10
    This is by far one of her best albums yet. I have no ideal what you all are listening too, but the album is off the map and that actually This is by far one of her best albums yet. I have no ideal what you all are listening too, but the album is off the map and that actually means excellent Expand
  2. nikki
    Jun 5, 2004
    10
    I love this album, I love every song! This is Janet's best album!
  3. JayB
    Aug 14, 2005
    10
    Janet continues to do what she does best. Damita Jo showcases Janets ever increasing self awareness, while also containing the many sweet R&B Janet continues to do what she does best. Damita Jo showcases Janets ever increasing self awareness, while also containing the many sweet R&B tracks that has made her such a success. One of 2004's best R&B albums! Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    9
    This is my 3rd favorite Janet album of all time! I believe this was too criticized but I absolutely love it. Like all albums, I like someThis is my 3rd favorite Janet album of all time! I believe this was too criticized but I absolutely love it. Like all albums, I like some tracks more than others. However, most of the songs in my opinion are solid and right on. My favorites are All Nite (Don't Stop) and Island Life. I do not understand why people got so upset about the Superbowl Wardrobe Malfunction (which was an ACCIDENT) and the fact that she used sexual terms. Let's go back to janet. in 1993. That's the album that dubbed Janet as a sex symbol, but no one had an issue with it then. Now that she gets slightly more explicit, she's suddenly disastrous. Only true Janet Jackson fans love this album. The only songs on this album I have an issue with are Sexhibition, Warmth, and Moist. I like them, don't get me wrong, but they are really almost disturbing to listen to (coming from a person who is absolutely comfortable about sexual terms). Those songs I'll only listen to if I'm listening to the full album. The rest of the album, though, I really love! Great work by the best singer of all time, Janet Jackson. Expand
  5. PRay
    Jan 25, 2007
    8
    All For You was rubbish, 20yo is rubbish, in contrast Damito Jo is everything that the latter two fail to be, the most naturally sexy, fresh, All For You was rubbish, 20yo is rubbish, in contrast Damito Jo is everything that the latter two fail to be, the most naturally sexy, fresh, funky that Janet has sounded in years. Didnt need the marketing stunt if thats what it was. Unlike All For You which had some rubbish sex songs, this has good ones, unllike 20 yo which has some rubbish dance songs and a load of bland songs, Damito Jos efforts are all better than all the weak tracks on bothe those albums. Expand
  6. JosephV
    Feb 22, 2007
    7
    Not thrilled by this CD. I think it's her weakest. Maybe I just haven't gotten into it yet...
  7. AaronL
    Mar 29, 2004
    2
    OMG - I thought Christina Aguilera's trip into Skankville was bad on her last disc, but Janet has become mayor of Skankville with this OMG - I thought Christina Aguilera's trip into Skankville was bad on her last disc, but Janet has become mayor of Skankville with this dirrrty junk. Besides a couple of nice tracks that reflect the true artist she can be, this is a real disappointment. I don't mind it if an artists explores or questions sexuality in lyrics, but I find it cheap to spew sex-filled lyrics that are only there to shock or get people to buy the disc. Makes me think now that the Super Bowl fiasco was totally planned and not a "costume malfunction." Shameful choices from Janet. Expand

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