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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.

Top Track

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: 41 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  1. markyj
    Apr 26, 2004
    10
    This is one of Janet's best efforts yet. Dripping with sexuality and her unique way of telling a story. This is one of the best This is one of Janet's best efforts yet. Dripping with sexuality and her unique way of telling a story. This is one of the best cd's of the year Expand
  2. brunellk
    Jun 17, 2004
    10
    dont hate. just a little while, sexabition, and spending time is worth the money alone
  3. Jul 25, 2017
    10
    Janet Jackson shows herself confident enough to present her entire sensual soul on this incredible album. One of the best productions of R&B.Janet Jackson shows herself confident enough to present her entire sensual soul on this incredible album. One of the best productions of R&B. Would have been acclaimed were it not for critical hypocrisy at a critical time in Jackson's career. Expand
  4. BrandonM
    Mar 30, 2004
    9
    I have over 80 janet cds from around the world. I'm a fanatic and this is the first album i liked the first time around since the janet I have over 80 janet cds from around the world. I'm a fanatic and this is the first album i liked the first time around since the janet album. I can agree it's easy to forget some songs are playing becuase of her beloved gentle rasp, but the majority of these songs bang! All kinds of music moves me and tears are testiment to that. Expand
  5. tw
    Mar 31, 2004
    8
    it,s a hot cd, my only problem is i think that she could of talked about something more then sex, i don,t think her fan base will accept it it,s a hot cd, my only problem is i think that she could of talked about something more then sex, i don,t think her fan base will accept it as much knowin that she,s n a relationship there,s nothin 2 wish 4 she,s takin. I really like r/b junkie but out of all the tracks I LOVE track #14 ("THINKIN BOUT MY EX"), it,s cleverly written and totally unexspected, a beautiful BABYFACE song. 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. Jun 15, 2019
    0
    Unfortunately for Janet this huge flop had no sales boost after her **** perfomance at super bowl. And luckily for us we didnt need to turnUnfortunately for Janet this huge flop had no sales boost after her **** perfomance at super bowl. And luckily for us we didnt need to turn off the radio everytime this witchs voice came out. ZERO Expand

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