20 Y.O. (2006) Well, it beats Damita Jo . The dirty talk that helped sink that 2004 Janet Jackson disc is dialed down from 11 to 8 on… 2006-09-26 Janet Jackson Pop R&B
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20 Y.O. (2006)

Janet Jackson | REMOTE 'CONTROL' Marking two decades since her 1986 classic, Jackson's new ''20 Y.O.'' doesn't feel like a CD that will age nearly as well
REMOTE 'CONTROL' Marking two decades since her 1986 classic, Jackson's new ''20 Y.O.'' doesn't feel like a CD that will age nearly as well
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Sep 26, 2006; Lead Performance: Janet Jackson; Genres: Pop, R&B

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.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints