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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.

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All Nite (Don't Stop)
ALL NITE(DON'T STOP) This is sick Attention, it's time to dance… Work it like you're workin' a pole Shake it 'til you're shakin' the floor Pop it... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Blender
    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. Q Magazine
    60
    The sex tracks themselves are more scary than seductive.... [But] the dancefloor tunes are far more slinky. [May 2004, p.107]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    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: 43 out of 55
  2. Negative: 5 out of 55
  1. Oct 10, 2020
    10
    A fascinating insight into the psyche of one of the most intriguing and enigmatic Pop stars in history; "Damita Jo" explores theA fascinating insight into the psyche of one of the most intriguing and enigmatic Pop stars in history; "Damita Jo" explores the multifacetedness of human beings, and more specifically--the complexity and emotional depth of a woman. To me, this record is feminism 101 done masterfully well, and the journey Miss Jackson takes you on in the sixteen songs that comprise this record (twenty-two with interludes and twenty-four if you count the Japanese bonus tracks) as she progressively guides you through the many different personalities that make up Janet 'Damita Jo' Jackson' is one of the most memorable and life-changing I've ever witnessed. What I love the most about this record besides the music (obviously) is the way Janet sets up a unique and intimate connection with the listener using the many interludes... this is not a new thing as any Janet fan would know, but she's more open and confidential this time around which I thought was refreshing for someone so notoriously guarded & private. And yet, the little tidbits she shares with us are delivered in a somewhat cryptic, but beautifully poetic manner. This album is the type of record you can always put on and let it play from start to finish. There's every mood, every color, every personality trait. Damita Jo is a masterpiece. A very obvious 10/10. Expand
  2. Yolanda
    May 4, 2004
    10
    This CD is excellent please support our sister Janet. Everybody supported R Kelly, and we all know he was the one who did it. Everybody in This CD is excellent please support our sister Janet. Everybody supported R Kelly, and we all know he was the one who did it. Everybody in this life wants to be forgiven for something they did, hey give Janet a chance guys, please purchase her CD. Thankx! Expand
  3. janetmariahwhitneymadonnadiva
    Mar 28, 2004
    10
    perfect 10 album! superbowl aside, ms. jackson created the perfect summer cd! go ms. janet
  4. Renee
    Jul 19, 2004
    10
    How does she do it? Janet has done it again with Damita Jo. Janet has once again released an album that you can listen to from beginning to end
  5. remi
    Mar 29, 2004
    8
    after the Superbowl fallout, i KNEW i had to get the album. it was my way of showing solidarity, as i supported an icon... or so i thought. after the Superbowl fallout, i KNEW i had to get the album. it was my way of showing solidarity, as i supported an icon... or so i thought. it was only today that i remembered just how excited i was when i heard in january that she would be releasing an album. i believe my exact words were "Finally! some real female music after all this Beyonce garbage!" and janet delivered... oh, did she deliver! the originator of the "baby-maker" (note to Carl Thomas) comes back with some real gems here. but, i digress... let us begin at (you guessed it) the beginning. the atmospheric "looking for love" intro is awesome, although that's more a nod to Jam & Lewis than her. however, she steps up to claim her credit soon after. i always say, "Bold is the artist who dares to have a title-track on a self-titled album." Such a thing smacked of self-indulgence. however, i'm willing to forgive the energetic, surprisingly hip-hop "Damita Jo". i would continue in my track-by-track analysis, but i just remembered ms. jackson's album was 22 tracks long. on the whole, it's an awesome effort. one does cringe, though, asking "can't she talk about anything but sex anymore?" where are the Rhythm Nations and States of the World? the world isn't a better place now than it was in "1814", so why stop commenting on what goes on outside the bedroom. Damita Jo's split in 2; the first half being mainly hip-hop, the 2nd, slow and sexy. of the first half, few songs can match up to the infectious bounce-track, "Strawberry Bounce" and the beautiful R&B gem, "My Baby." 'Bounce gives the odd illusion that Jigga really IS on the track. and 'Baby makes even the coldest, least expressive heart (mine) appreciate it apparent sincerity... but if i hear the admittedly ingenious Kanye recycle another verse from his "Kon the Louis Vuitton Don" mixtape album, i'm gonna kill someone! that said, other standouts include "R&B Junkie" and "Spending Time With You", the latter, reminding us a lot of brother Michael's "Butterflies" the slower half begins with the album's true gem, "I Want You". Janet brings a level of sweet sincerity to Kanye's ingenious throwback that trumps Alicia Keys' also-great offering on "You Don't Know My Name." "Warmth" & "Thinkin' 'Bout My Ex" are acceptable, but the real remaining standouts are "Moist" (which picks up where the insanely sexy "Would You Mind" left off) and "SloLove," whose feelgood sound makes us yearn for a simpler time, being a kid, skipping grade school today and lying in bed, while listening to the rain through our open windows. for that, i say Thank You, Janet Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2015
    8
    Really good action movie. I gave it an 8/10.

    Some of the action scenes were amazingly well choreographed. A few things I'd never seen
    Really good action movie. I gave it an 8/10.

    Some of the action scenes were amazingly well choreographed. A few things I'd never seen before, like hitting a guy with the car, guy goes over the top of the car, while John Wick is shooting him through the roof.

    Awesome fun to watch.
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  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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