Damita Jo

Damita Jo

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by Janet Jackson

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Even without her Super Bowl 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" (a.k.a. Boobygate), Janet Jackson has proven to be one of pop music's most titillating performers -- from her coming-of-age breakout, Control, to 2001's oversexed All for You. And her eighth studio album, Damita Jo -- Jackson's middle…  See more details below


Even without her Super Bowl 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" (a.k.a. Boobygate), Janet Jackson has proven to be one of pop music's most titillating performers -- from her coming-of-age breakout, Control, to 2001's oversexed All for You. And her eighth studio album, Damita Jo -- Jackson's middle name -- follows in the same libido-driven tradition. As the hip-hop-propelled title track surmises, Ms. Jackson is "sexy, quiet, shy, but down for a good time," and all those moods are reflected here. The disc captures Janet in love (the melodic "Spending Time with You"), in lust (the self-explanatory "Moist"), and enjoying leisure time at the club (the frenetic, Britney Spears–reminiscent "All Nite (Don't Stop)." Although many of the 37-year-old singer's graying fans might be longing for more substantive revelations from the diva than a sneak peak at her ample bosom, diehard fans won't be disappointed as Jackson moans, purrs, and sings barely above a seductive whisper on the album's 22 polished tracks. What the album lacks in hearty lyrical content, her signature production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis compensate for with a few age-appropriate tunes, including "R&B Junkie," which picks up where All for You's eponymous, Luther Vandross–sampled single left off by borrowing the beat of another old-school R&B jam, this time Evelyn Champagne King's disco classic "I'm in Love." To spice things up, hot producer-rapper Kanye West adds a welcome dose of new-school flavor with the Jay-Z–assisted "Strawberry Bounce" and the breezy "My Baby," Jackson's valentine to her fiancé, pint-sized producer Jermaine Dupri. With Damita Jo, Janet gives fans a glimpse into her everyday life, but her challenge for the next album is to reveal more and show less.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Johnny Gill   Guitar
Bobby Ross Avila   Bass,Guitar,Drums,fender rhodes,Moog Lead,Guitar (Nylon String)
Dallas Austin   Guitar,Keyboards
Jimmy Jam   Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Colin Wolfe   Bass
Tony Reyes   Guitar
Glen Jeffery   Guitar
Billy Brown   Background Vocals
Ervin Pope   Keyboards
Iz   Guitar,Percussion,scratching,Drums,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer
Miri Ben-Ari   Violin
Goran Kajfes   Horn
Kanye West   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Magnum Coltrane Price   Bass
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway   Bass
Freckles   Background Vocals
Kevin Hunter   Guitar

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,Instrumentation
Janet Jackson   Composer,Producer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Bobby Ross Avila   Composer,Producer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer,beats
Hal David   Composer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,drum programming
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,MIDI,Sound Design
Scott Spencer Storch   Composer,Producer
David Ritz   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Fabrice Dumont   Composer
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Composer
Iz   Producer,Horn Samples
Dana Stinson   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Miri Ben-Ari   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Bag   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Arnthor   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Stephan Haeri   Composer
Christophe Hetier   Composer
Glen Nakasako   Art Direction
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
John Stephens   Composer
Ken Lewis   Instrumentation
Terrance "T-Love" Harris   Personal Assistant
Lee Groves   Programming
Sean Garrett   Composer
Kameron Houff   Engineer
Ian Cross   Engineer

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Damita Jo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
Janetfan More than 1 year ago
Janet's "Damita Jo" should be re-released. It is her best album. It is sad that the racist media blamed her for the 2004 incident, in which clearly Janet 's clothes were torn off by Timberlake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a total Janet Jackson fan, you'll love this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Janet Jackson or just a fan of pop/r-n-b/soul mixed all together in one you are going to really enjoy this new project on Janet! You go Janet!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For people who are worried that Janet is losing her creative edge, don't fear! If Just A Little While is any indication, she's back and better than ever! This song has a feel good tune and a great guitar part. I Want You is also great, very sixties feel. Damita Jo is sure to make any Janet fan pleasantly surprised!
Guest More than 1 year ago
good stuff of this age!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has everything a great album should. Catchy lyrics, great hooks, and excellent rhythms. Janet explores sex once again more then anything on this album. 'Sexhibition' is by far one of the standout tracks on this album. It feels remenicent of 'If' from 1993's 'janet.' album. Great chorus. Also, the first two singles, 'Just A Little While' and 'I Want You' are both excellent tracks. I only gave it four stars out of five, because there just needs to be more fast paced up tempo songs on this album. The slow ballads are good for what they are, but Janet truly shines when she is doing what she does best, rocking out with an excellent pop song. 'Just A Little While' is a very good song. Produced superiorly and sang a bit to high, but excellent overall. Buy this album, you will not be disappointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
It deserves 10 Stars. You can't stop listening to it once you start hearing it. Great CD way better then the last once she put it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Janet Jackson is back and better than ever - and her new single I Want You is off the hook. You go GIRL!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Janet album is amazing. I can't stop playing it over and over again. She came with it this time around! Each and every song is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is she has taken my breath away again. Janet just keeps getting better and better with every album. The one thing I love with this album is her breathy vocals. Step back Britney and Beyonce the GODDESS is back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Damita Jo" is a good Janet Jackson album - all pure catchy beats and hooks. It also moves along smoother than her last album, "All For You". But, whereas "All For You" had a couple of really good standout hits amongst a pile of misses, "Damita Jo" has just the opposite: Nearly all of the songs on this album are good, but there are not may standout hits; the songs rank pretty equally in the B+ qualiity range. As with all of Ms. Jackson's albums since "janet", the over-abundance of interludes are pointless. But what's really nice about this album is that is is unapologetic about its frank sexuality. (Best lyric on the album: "Don't worry, it's just sex".) "Damita Jo" is simply a good, solid album - not Janet's absolute best, but far from her worst. She seems to have skipped back a few years to whe she wasn't as pissed as she was on "All For You" or as emotional as she was on "Velvet Rope", and settled on when she was just fun as she was on "Janet".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Janet since the days of Fame and Different Strokes. Her music through the years have been entertaining, raw, emotional, and fun. All for You and Damita Jo are not up to the standards of Control, Rhythm Nation, Janet, and Velvet Rope. It seems she has lost her creativity and ingenuity. I do admit that Damita Jo has at least 3 good songs but the rest are flat and unimaginative. There is so much producers can do with the music if the lyrics have no substance. She needs to limit sampling of older songs - it's been played out by P. Diddy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first put this CD into my car radio, I was greatly disappointed. The CD is so different from her others. I guess I just wasn't ready for her evolving. BUT, I must say, the more I listen to it, the more I like it. It is a very good CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About the LOVELY Janet, I have to say that this CD is one of her BEST! Janet can't do bad! She's a JACKSON for God's sake! That compliment says enough alone. She knocked me completely over with this one. I love all of her cds but this one just hits the right spot in all places! Too many people (so called loyal fans) keep comparing her media life and her other cds but they ALL are good in different ways. I especially love the tune "Slolove" . She should not always do the same thing. She needs to keep evolving and growing as she continues to do. Janet Jackson ALWAYS gives US something to look forward too. THANK YOU JANET! I will buy your music even when you get old! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is obviously not Janet's best albulm. However, this music is orginal and has a good beat. I would say that there are 3 songs on the CD that could be major Hits. She just has to market them right. Overall, it's a solid albulm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Janet has shown once again she's able to sing to the times. When I first heard this album, I thought it was definitely different. It has a variety of tunes to it that makes you want to dance, feel sensual, or even sit down and relax to the music. She has proven once again she can survive the ups and downs of the music industry. I highly recommend this album for Janet fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
On her eighth album Damita Jo, Janet continues to deliver quality hot music to her fans. Despite people trying to hurt Janet with negative reviews, Damita Jo gives Janet fans hot beats and lyrics. For the first time Janet has other producers besides the dream team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Janet has production work from Babyface and Kanye West. With uptempo songs such as Island Life, All Night and R&B Junkie Janet keeps the fans moving. While songs such as Warmth, Thinkin Bout My Ex, and Truly show fans and itimate side of the singer and get fans in the romantic mood. You would be a fool if you don't add Damita Jo to your Janet CD collection (or general CD collection). Damita Jo is one CD that is worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For someone that doesn't have strong vocals, Janet needs good music and catchy lyrics for a successful album. This album doesn't really have either. The only tracks that I like are "I Want You" and "Like You Don't Love Me".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always liked Janet, especially after "Velvet Rope" was such a work of genius. The only impression I have about the superbowl is that it's sad that a legitimately talented artist is forced to resort to something like that. That said, trust me, this record SUCKS. All of the songs are so slight they are ending before you feel like they've even begun. Only "All Nite" and "R&B Junkie" stand out. What's most disappointing is that where Janet USED to sing about self-worth and social issues, the whole message of this album is that she wants to have sex. She really, really, really, REALLY, REALLY wants to have sex. Thanks for the enlightenment, Janet! Of course, it wouldn't matter much if the songs were just BETTER. We all know that Janet has this milti-million contract that is contingent on selling records. Since "Velvet Rope," which was a huge artistic leap, didn't sell as well, both "All For You," and this dismal wreck smack of a singer desperate for hits. It's sad that the music industry is in such a state where an artist is not allowed to mature, and women have to virtually prostitute themselves to get attention. We can only hope that sometime after Janet is released from her contract she returns to making interesting music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is awesome!!! whatever you need from a smooth ballad to a hard core hip hop rnb dance track its here
Guest More than 1 year ago
Janet Jackson's new cd Damita Jo has me along with other music fans crying Grammy for Ms. Jackson. With a genius mixture of love songs, dance songs, and baby making song, this album is truly a masterpiece. You have no idea what you are missing if you don't own Damita Jo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Janet's new album, Damita Jo was definitely worth the wait. Damita Jo is very energetic and fun to listen to. I'm falling in love just listening to Damita Jo. You can 'truly' tell Janet has taken us to another level, yet she is still grounded in her roots. 'R & B Junkie' is my personal favorite. You too will become a junkie, addict, fiend, etc. . . once you take a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd is amazing it stays true to Janets orginal music yet getting old school funky on tracks like R&B Junkie and I want you. Janets voice on tracks such as Thinking about my ex and the one are soothing and pleasant. Janet could not of course leave out her sexual side on hot tracks like Sexhibition which is one of the best songs on the album. Damita Jo is a great example of why Janet is an icon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to Janet Jackson's cd repeatedly and I can't even decide what is my favorite track because there are so many great tracks to choose from. Janet is back and better than before the controversy won't be able to stop the music and once again she will prevail!