20 Y.O.

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Janet's sexed up and and ready to party.

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Positive Messages
Violence
Sex

Some sexually explicit lyrics. The worst of it is from "So Excited": "Act bad/Don't hurt me … Talk dirty/and I'll open my spot for you/anytime you want me to … Throw me up against whatever's close and get to bossin' me around … You'll never hear the word no … Licking on my body body like it's something to eat."

Language

Sexually suggestive lyrics, but no swearing.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A glass of wine here and there.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Janet bursts out of the starting gate with "So Excited," a very sexy, explicit song. Things calm down after a while, with some terrific R&B and a couple of charming spoken interludes.

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Adult Written byjsenter April 9, 2008
Adult Written bywhovian85 April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Very Good!

It is one of Ms. Jackson's best albums, and it very toned down in sexual content compared to Damita Jo, and All For You. Most of the songs are very good. M... Continue reading

What's the story?

20 Y.O. is the celebration of Janet Jackson's 20 years as a pop star, and she's letting us know it's time for a party. The CD begins with Jackson explaining that over the course of her career she has spoken out on such issues as racism, spousal abuse, and women's empowerment. But now ... "I wanna keep it light. I don't want to be serious, I wanna have fun." And she proceeds to do just that -- on one danceable track after another. The vibe is often playful and sexy; for example, "So Excited" leaves very little to the imagination with lyrics like "Get me so excited/I'm hot ... I'll open my spot for you/Anytime you want me to/so you can act bad/don't hurt me/look sexy/talk dirty."

Is it any good?

Eleven songs and five spoken "interludes" portray Ms. Jackson as a sexy, honey-voiced performer with the clout to demand the best in terms of instrumentation and production. Every track is perfectly mixed and beautifully performed. A few of the songs lack the excitement of the others -- for example, "Enjoy" is little more than the title word sung over and over again. But the overall impression is one of a carefully crafted, beautifully performed selection of material that presents Jackson as a mature woman ready to take on the next 20 years with a vengeance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Jackson's public life after her well-publicized Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." Did she handle the incident well? What's the best way to respond if embarrassing things happen to you in public, especially at school?

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