All for You [Bonus DVD]

All for You [Bonus DVD]

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by Janet Jackson

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When your secret marriage fizzles into an impending million-dollar divorce, you either sing the blues or round up the girlfriends and hit the clubs. Janet Jackson -- who split with longtime companion and creative collaborator Rene Elizondo in 1999 -- opts for the latter on All For You, her follow-up to 1997's The Velvet Rope<


When your secret marriage fizzles into an impending million-dollar divorce, you either sing the blues or round up the girlfriends and hit the clubs. Janet Jackson -- who split with longtime companion and creative collaborator Rene Elizondo in 1999 -- opts for the latter on All For You, her follow-up to 1997's The Velvet Rope. She chirps the title track's sparkling dance pop over a piano and bass hook borrowed from Luther Vandross's "The Glow of Love" and is altogether in a sunnier mood. Save for the confessional ballad "Truth" ("I'm not into pointing fingers, showing whose right and wrong") and the anger-fueled "Son of a Gun (Betcha Think This Song is About You)"-- on which Carly Simon reprises the chorus from her woman-scorned anthem "You're So Vain"and Jackson spews the F-word as she vents against greedy men who "try to have their cake and eat it too"-- the sexy singer takes the drama in stride. With the help of tried-and-true production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (plus an assist from hip-hop maestro Rockwilder), Jackson doesn't miss a beat, shining on club-thumpers such as "You Ain't Right" and the operatic rocker "Trust a Try." And the young woman who once urged her lover to "wait a while" is ready to play the gay divorcée: She purrs about the joys of single sex on the X-rated "Love Scene (Oooh Baby)" and the even more explicit "Would You Mind" (let's just say she doesn't seem to mind much). Perhaps "Better Days" best sums up Jackson's new attitude. Musing first about her life's ups-and-downs over a poignant string arrangement, Jackson declares she's going to "leave old shit behind and move on with my life" as the song suddenly shifts into a bright, acoustic guitar groove. Janet may have proclaimed that she was in Control back in 1986, but it wasn't until 2001 that she's come 'round to celebrating it -- on the charts, on the dance floor, and in real life.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Velvet Rope was a fairly bold move on Janet Jackson's part, as she got seriously sexy -- too serious, actually, since it had a fairly bitter tone, underscored by hints of perversity. Four years later, marked by one hidden marriage revealed through a divorce, Janet returned with All for You, an album that is as about sex as much as The Velvet Rope, yet there's a key difference -- it feels sexy, not pornographic. With her trusty collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in tow, she's created a record that's luxurious and sensual, spreading leisurely over its 70 minutes, luring you in even when you know better. And there are certainly moments that make you wish you knew better. For one, it's plotted like The Velvet Rope, filled with skits and deliberately recalling the record with its obsession with flesh and how it builds on '70s soul and soft rock. This time around, instead of Joni Mitchell, she appropriates America's "Ventura Highway" for "Someone to Call My Lover," one of the record's best cuts, and "interpolates" Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" on "Son of a Gun," with Simon singing and...well, I guess you could call it rapping...right along. The twist is, this is an anti-music industry song and a particularly foul-mouthed entry on the album, sitting comfortably alongside another industry song, the slow groove "Truth." And that fills out the three main themes of the album -- divorce, industry, and sex -- with a little bit of love on the side. These keep things humming throughout this overly sultry, overlong album, which intrigues with its very texture even as it lulls at its length. After all, there's a lot to be said for texture, and All for You is alluring, easily enveloping the listener. Though it's hardly as explicit as The Velvet Rope, apart from a section where she proclaims "I just want to suck you, taste you, ride you, feel you, make you come -- come inside of me" (mind you, this album did not have a parental advisory sticker on its first pressings), this is her sexiest-sounding record, thanks to Jam and Lewis' silky groove and her breathy delivery, two things that make the record palatable throughout too many spoken interludes and songs that just don't quite click. Even if there is a fair share of filler, this is hardly as strained as The Velvet Rope (though in many respects, it's every bit as self-conscious), and there's an ease to its construction, topped off by such songs as "All for You" and "Doesn't Really Matter" that maintain Janet, Jam, and Lewis' reputation as the leading lights of contemporary urban soul. It'd be nicer if the album was leaner, concentrating on just the great songs, but indulgence is what this record encourages. Janet sprawls out throughout the album, indulging her whims, desires, and fantasies, but -- fortunately for us -- her indulgences are alluring in their self-absorption. Of course, it helps to have Jam and Lewis on your side to articulate your indulgence. [The DVD edition includes three remixes of "Son of a Gun" -- one featuring Missy Elliott, another featuring P. Diddy -- in the place of the pulled song "Would You Mind" and also includes a second 19-track disc of videos.]
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
[three and a half stars]...All for You admittedly does not break much new ground, but it's just as fresh, familiar and appealing as you've come to expect from Jackson, and that's no small achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
Virgin Records Us


Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. You Ain't Right
  3. All for You
  4. 2wayforyou (Interlude)
  5. Come on Get Up
  6. When We Oooo
  7. China Love
  8. Love Scene (Ooh Baby)
  9. Lame (Interlude)
  10. Trust a Try
  11. Clouds (Interlude)
  12. Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)
  13. Truth
  14. Theory (Interlude)
  15. Someone to Call My Lover
  16. Feels So Right
  17. Doesn't Really Matter
  18. Better Days
  19. Outro
  20. Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)
  21. Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) [*

Disc 2

  1. That's the Way Love Goes
  2. If
  3. Again
  4. Because of Love
  5. Any Time, Any Place
  6. You Want This
  7. Janet - Behind the Scenes
  8. Got 'Til It's Gone
  9. Together Again
  10. Together Again
  11. I Get Lonely
  12. Go Deep
  13. You
  14. Every Time
  15. Velvet Rope - Behind the Scenes
  16. All for You
  17. Someone to Call My Lover
  18. All for You - Behind the Scenes
  19. MTV Icon Performance - All for You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Carly Simon   Track Performer
Missy Elliott   Track Performer
Q-Tip   Rap
Alex Al   Bass
David Barry   Guitar
Evelina Chao   Viola
Jimmy Jam   Multi Instruments
John Kennedy   Violin
Kathy Kienzle   Harp
Joshua Koestenbaum   Cello
Tom Kornacker   Violin
Terry Lewis   Multi Instruments
Elsa Nilsson   Violin
Julia Persitz   Violin
Alice Preves   Viola
Laura Sewell   Cello
Daryl Skobba   Cello
Tamas Strasser   Viola
James "Big Jim" Wright   Keyboards
Nathaniel Cole   Violin
Michal Sobieski   Violin
Charles Gray   Viola
Kim Kyu Young   Violin

Technical Credits

Michael Abbott   Engineer
Rene Elizondo   Video Director
Rockwilder   Producer,drum programming,MIDI Programming
D-Man   Remixing
Dave Meyers   Video Director
Janet Jackson   Producer,Executive Producer
Lee Blaske   String Arrangements
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Executive Producer
Terry Lewis   Producer,Executive Producer
Alexander Richbourg   drum programming,MIDI Programming,Pro-Tools
David Rideau   Engineer
Xavier Smith   drum programming,MIDI Programming
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Matthew Rolston   Video Director
David Mallet   Video Director
Seb Janiak   Video Director
Adrian Morgan   Producer
Jonathan Dayton   Video Director
David Anthony   Producer
James C. Moore   Producer
Chris Seul   Engineer
Sean Donnelly   Animation
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Remixing

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All for You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MikeCheck More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all of you both haters and appreciators....stop hating and try to live and enjoy...besides you don't have to listen...right? Get a life and stop bashing. What's your lastest Ms. Jackson is doing her...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to like Janet Jackson, but now I just can't stand her. There are four sex songs, talking about what she does when in bed with her lover, and all the other ones just have curses and dumb stuff. I only like the dance tunes and the sweet ballads, but if you have any children, don't play this CD around them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great Janet album. It just shows how much she has evolved since her last projct TVR. I love the fact that it is so happy and up. I am happy for her.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Each of Ms. Jackson's albums seem to be progressing a step further toward the sexually primative. Okay, I admit it, the track on this album that saved the day was ''Son of a Gun.'' I like the fact that Ms. Jackson isn't afraid to experiment with the old and with the new. However, there's only so much that breasts and butt can sell...and she seems to be taking her new found sexual image to a new time low. (Literally speaking.) It seems she's trying to compensate a lackluster album by hyping up the skin factor, and turning up the heat a notch or two. There was one point in which I felt her voice was improving, but she sounds just as whiney and soft as ever on this album. She never had a strong voice, and definitely not as strong as her clevage. I prefer the Janet from the ''Control'' and ''Rhythm Nation'' days. The girl has come out, but it seems like she is BUSTIN' LOOSE, a little too loose for me. I think she needs to focus on new material, instead of wearing less material, if you know what I mean. She's too smart to be acting like an oversexed bimbo. I hope her next album has more substance.