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  • Summary: Janet Jackson's 10th album features Ne-Yo and Missy Elliot.

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Feedback
Light skin Dark skin My Asian persuasion I got them all That's why these girls out here hatin' Cause I'm sexy Do you like my style Yeah that sexy... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jackson wouldn’t want us to call it a comeback, but it sure sounds like one.
  2. Discipline is the most cohesive deep-groove album from La Jackson since "Control."
  3. The likes of 'Never Letchu Go' (a sweet, glistening ballad), 'Luv' (carrying a brisk, feel-good clap-and-bounce), 'Rollercoaster' (suitably jittery and giddy), and 'Can't B Good' are as innocent, universal, and inviting as anything else in Janet's past.
  4. Discipline, is nowhere near the high point of her career, but it is better than its predecessor.
  5. On Discipline, Janet sounds part nympho, part aging diva trying to keep up with her would be replacements. It works on some songs, but fails miserably on most.
  6. Despite a couple of promising tracks the music generally befits the absurd lyrics.... Dupri, Ne-Yo, Rodney Jerkins, The-Dream, and StarGate often drown out Jackson's breathy vocals with soulless beats.
  7. When juxtaposed with the album's bubble-gum bounce, the creepy parts just seem creepier.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
  1. KaiC
    Feb 28, 2008
    10
    I would have to say that really anyone who doesn't like the album didn't really listen to it... or went in thinking that it would I would have to say that really anyone who doesn't like the album didn't really listen to it... or went in thinking that it would be something different than what it was.... I've listened to the CD front to back and I have to say it's been a while since I've done that. Madonna's album Beyonce, Mary J's Breakthrough, and maybe one other.... this album is put together rather well and just about every song is fresh while maintaining the Janet sound... In regards to the sexual overtones, since when has Janet not been sexual?? Hello ....Control, Black Cat, Velvet Rope.... every album she's done has been sexual so why would you expect this album to be any different. What is she suppose to wear ... a potato sack?? This is a good album and I would recommend it to anyone. Expand
  2. CarlosO.
    Mar 31, 2008
    10
    I love this album. Janet always does great work. Making her albums have different styles of songs to never have it boring. The interludes I I love this album. Janet always does great work. Making her albums have different styles of songs to never have it boring. The interludes I love because it's too boring to hear a song just fade in or fade out. Make it fun...and that's what she does so well. Great job Jan! Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2016
    10
    This a great album. The production is amazing and every single song is perfect. The whole album feels like a journey that all you have to doThis a great album. The production is amazing and every single song is perfect. The whole album feels like a journey that all you have to do is enjoy. Hot tracks as Luv, Curtains should have been released as single. Expand
  4. BrandonL.
    Feb 29, 2008
    9
    A very strong album for Janet. Potentially as successful as Velvet Rope! Great job Janet!
  5. JarryH.
    Mar 10, 2008
    8
    I've read some of the initial reviews they were not favorable in regards to Janet's "Discipline." I decided to purchase the album I've read some of the initial reviews they were not favorable in regards to Janet's "Discipline." I decided to purchase the album and judge for myself. It is actually a good selection urban and pop tracks. I think that it falls short on some of the slow jams. You can tell that this is where Jam & Lewis always did her justice. It is nice to see that she has decided to clean up the raunch a bit and go back to the basics...dancable pop music with that Janet touch! You go Miss. Janet! Expand
  6. Feb 27, 2020
    7
    "Discipline" was Janet's tenth studio album. It should've been a huge deal, right? Like Madonna's "Confessions on a Dancefloor" or Mariah"Discipline" was Janet's tenth studio album. It should've been a huge deal, right? Like Madonna's "Confessions on a Dancefloor" or Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi". But unfortunately it wasn’t. Janet wanted to experiment with more futuristic sounds on this album, a few months after Britney Spears had started the dance pop trend with "Blackout". And you can hear that sound in some of the songs and especially in the interludes, which are some of the best of Janet‘s career because they add something to the album. Three of the interludes (Spinnin, Truth or Dare & Bathroom Break) were unnecessary though. Tracks like "Feedback", "Rock With U" or "2Nite" have that futuristic sound and they are very danceable and addictive. I wish the entire album would’ve sounded like that because the majority of the album sounds like a dated mid 2000s R&B which every other R&B girl from that time could’ve recorded. Songs like "Never Letchu Go" or "Luv" could’ve been by Ashanti or Monica as well. Lots of the songs on this album are kind of boring and feel uninspired. What’s definitely missing on this album are two things which both have made Janet‘s previous seven albums so good; Janet‘s songwriting and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. For this project, Janet basically just recorded the songs that were handed to her and it’s very noticeable. Her songwriting and her input is simply missing on this record. It feels soul- and faceless. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have worked with Janet on the all of her albums from "Control" to "20 Y.O." but they are missing on this album as well and were exchanged with the Kings of dated mid 2000s R&B; Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo (ugh). "Discipline" is definitely not a terrible album at all. It just sounds very outdated in 2020 and it’s very weak for Janet's standard and like I said soulless to be honest. It’s still a decent record though. I wish she would‘ve explored the futuristic sound of some of the songs and the interludes more. It could’ve been another epic re-invention for Janet. Very unfortunate. Favorites: Feedback, 2Nite, So Much Betta & Discipline Expand
  7. CalK.
    Feb 28, 2008
    0
    Suck city.

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