Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Sexy digital pop with some good dance beats.

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

Positive Messages

Mostly about love, relationships, and sexual surrender.


Some sexual innuendo: "You like it how I work my spine/Got you feeling all hypnotized," "Tell me how long is it boo?/Seven inches, yup that'll do!," and "And we could have a threesome... bring a cute friend too!" is as steamy as it gets.


One "damn" and one very muffled "N" word.


A clothing brand mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is one metaphor about love as a drug: "I'm addicted every time I get a hit of it."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miss Janet is still trying to maintain her youth and sexy image on this album, with lots of sexual innuendo and Jacksonesque heavy breathing, but with pretty clean language. Missy Elliott lends her voice and a few skanky lyrics on "The 1."

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Teen, 17 years old Written bylinbetween April 9, 2008

Good album with fun dance songs

This album is so fun but after ten tracks you get bored.

There are songs about sex such as Feedback, Curtains, Discipline and 2nite
The most sexual track is Di... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPambaMaster April 9, 2008

What are they talking about??!!

I don't know what they mean when they say the lyrics aren't that bad! This CD has some of the kinkiest lyrics out there right now! I love Feedback tho... Continue reading

What's the story?

After disappointing record sales on her last two albums and a controversial \"wardrobe malfunction\" in 2004, DISCIPLINE, Janet Jackson's tenth studio album, is being called a comeback album by some. Discipline may not be that album, but it's closer than the last few efforts. Under the talents of top-notch producers, this is classic Janet with a little more sex and synthesizers.

Is it any good?

If you're a Janet Jackson fan, you probably won't be too disappointed with Discipline. It's definitely got a fresher, more modern sound, with electronic beats and infectious rhythms on tracks like "Feedback," "LUV," and "Rock with You." Things slow down, classic R&B style, with "Can't Be Good," "Never Letcha Go," and "Greatest X." The problem is they slow down the album's energy too much, just when you're about to hit the dance floor. Missy Elliott sings on "The 1," but doesn't add much other than a few dicey lyrics. The title track "Discipline" is about sexual surrender, with a tempo so slow it's hard to imagine why it got this privilege on an album where the best parts are modern, digital-megapop sounds. Overall, Janet is still a force to be reckoned with, and she still looks good on the cover. This may not be her comeback album, but she's still Miss Janet and she's still in control.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the image that Janet Jackson is trying to portray with this album, shown profoundly by the album cover alone. Do you think she is too old to still try to be sexy? Is she more marketable like this? Do you think the "wardrobe malfunction" that occurred with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the '04 Super Bowl hurt or helped her image? Do artists, especially women, need to constantly push the envelope to be successful in the entertainment industry?

Music details

  • Artist: Janet Jackson
  • Release date: February 26, 2008
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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