Chris Willman
October 02, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

20 Y.O.

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Janet Jackson
Producers
Virgin
genre
Pop

We gave it a C+

Well, it beats Damita Jo. The dirty talk that helped sink that 2004 Janet Jackson disc is dialed down from 11 to 8 on the raunch meter. And co-producer/beau Jermaine Dupri’s electro-crunk, which dominates 20 Y.O.‘s first half, nicely complements the quiet storminess favored by her old standby producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, in the second. But sharp production can’t mask the absence of any standouts likely to be remembered 20 months from now — a big minus when the title intends to remind you how well her ’86 break-out, Control, has held up after 20 years.

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