Damita Jo

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2004
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 84
  2. Negative: 12 out of 84

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  1. DaleA
    Jun 12, 2004
    3
    The cover should have been a picture of nipplegate, it would have given the album some substance. A couple of good songs, with 20 tracks of filler. Can I get my money back?
  2. 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 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 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
  3. BitBurn
    May 31, 2004
    2
    Goodbye glory days - Hello boringness. This CD plain suck. She tries too hard ans it's sooo obvious!! The legend of Janet Jackson will die with this record. Oh well, too bad...
  4. ChristianF
    Apr 7, 2004
    2
    Janet Jackson has shocked us this year to say the least. At first,it was in front of 90 plus million viewers in her desperate ploy for attention during the Superbowl. Well, that certainly did work, and i highly doubt it was a malfunction, C'mon !! That did not even bother me, cause i like music, and i have loved Janet's music for years. Even before the Control album came out and Janet Jackson has shocked us this year to say the least. At first,it was in front of 90 plus million viewers in her desperate ploy for attention during the Superbowl. Well, that certainly did work, and i highly doubt it was a malfunction, C'mon !! That did not even bother me, cause i like music, and i have loved Janet's music for years. Even before the Control album came out and made her the star she deserved to be. I was a fan, a big fan, of Different Strokes, Good Times and her Fame gigs. She was a fresh faced , good natured young woman. Then Control took over airwaves and i was extremely happy for her. She finally got what she deserved ...Mega Stardom. Her Rhythm Nation 1814 album is by far one of the best albums in the Pop Catalog of all time. Years went on and Janet began to , yes, grow-up. Which is fune, it is great to sing about love, and sex. But enough, is most certainly enough. Since All for you in 2001, she has become obsessed with Sex, and it is quite sad. She is such a beautiful, and gifted woman. This new CD, is just disgusting though. I know i had the choice of buying the edited version, by why, why should i ???? It can't be that bad. I was so wrong, it certainly is .THAT BAD !!!! The songs are boring and blatantly perverse, for perverses sake. She has stated that this album is about love, on the countless interviews i saw her on last week. She is wrong, it is about Lust, and Raunch. There are a few standout tracks...for example , Spending Time With You, R& B Junkie, and SLolove, are all worthy Janet songs. Though , they can not save the rest of this debauchery. Poor Janet, and Poor Janet Fans, like me.........I Miss her Much....i really do....come back to us Miss Jackson......and leave the Nasty behind ,please. Expand
  5. MattM
    May 16, 2004
    3
    A detached vocal performance set to dull R&B arrangements, Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" proves to be an unmitigated drag. With a few sporadically interesting tracks, never has trying too hard sounded this much like not trying hard enough. The album ends on a high note, "Just A Little While," which sadly does not reflect anything else on this bland, outdated record.
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Strong and sensual.
  2. Without strong rhythmic or melodic hooks, the album's slow grooves blend together and Jackson disappears into the productions.
  3. At 22 tracks, "Damita Jo" has its fair share of hits and misses.