Damita Jo

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Janet Jackson trying too hard to be sexy.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

It's all fine.

Violence

Nothing noticeable.

Sex

Well, yeah...there are some very explicit moments.

Language

A word or two here and there qualify DAMITA JO for a parental advisory sticker.

Consumerism

Some brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that a few key words and two very sexual songs ("Moist" and "Warmth") earned a parental advisory for this album. There is supposedly an edited version available, which turns out to be nearly impossible to find. Still, this CD is tamer than most labeled with an advisory sticker.

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Adult Written bySherrice Perry April 9, 2008

If you are a Janet fan, be prepared to be disappointed!

Ms. Jackson is one of my all-time favorite artists. Basically, she is amazing in my eyes. However, as a fan who owns most of Janet's cds, Damita Jo greatly... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Jackson Family Massacre

What can I say? This is Janet Jackson, who would have probably never became a singer if the Jackson 5 was never successful, and she does it again. A lame album.... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylinbetween April 9, 2008

You've been warned

The albun has some really catchy tracks such as all nite, R&B Junkie and Little While however there is huge amount of sexual content including sexihibit... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKoOkYMoNsTa234 April 9, 2008

DAMITA JO

There are tons of EDITED copies! I've seen them everywhere and they do not include the songs: MOIST or the other thing.

What's the story?

The cover features a coyly posed Janet Jackson, airbrushed and topless, sporting a wink and a smile. The sleek and glossy DAMITA JO is fundamentally a makeout record -- with just enough explicit lyrics to earn a parental advisory sticker. Smoothly perfectionist arrangements set off Janet Jackson's sweet, breathy vocals nicely. But this 22-track CD gets monotonous pretty fast. It's a little too much of Janet trying too hard to be everything for everybody, and a little too much information about her sex life to be genuinely sexy. Janet seems obsessed with showing us all the \"real Damita Jo\" (her middle name), and in the process seems to forget the art of the tease.

Is it any good?

With some judicious editing, this could have been a terrific album, but the mish-mosh of musical styles (funk, rock, soul/R&B, even a bit of country-western), no doubt intended to impress us with the artist's versatility, ends up coming across as unfocused. Janet Jackson is way sexier when she's not trying quite so hard.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why they think Janet is trying so hard to be sexy. How much does an artist's image affect his or her popularity?

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