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20 Y.O. [Vinyl] Original recording
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One could gripe & argue that Janet has been repeating herself, but to make it simple, what is the point? No one in music today commands such a wide berth of fans with her trademark sound. On that merit, "20 Y.O." not only succeeds, it soars.
The record opens with an intro that blurs (for those sharp Janet heads) melodies from "What Have You Done For Me Lately?", "Miss You Much",& oddly enough "China Love". This segues into the "dance area" of the LP lining up three solid dance cuts that recall the rhythmic funk of her vintage days. "So Excited" is a gritty dance number (think "Nasty" now) utilizing the Herbie Hancock "Rockit" sample well, & "Get It Out Me" & "Show Me" both feel as if they were handpicked from 1986.
Other highlights include "Do It 2 Me" which utilizes a Brenda Russel sample to a hauntingly erotic effect. Songs such as these show how Jam, Lewis, & Jackson go unparrelled in their use of samples. How they take a sample & make it their own. It will have new folks wondering where these sounds have come from, whilst older fans will be digging through their respective vinyl stacks & CD racks to find the originator of the sample.Read more ›
Janet really shows her fun side, instead of talking about race, empowering women, sexual orientation, and children. She states that she just wants to have fun.
She starts the album off with 5 club bangers off the bat. This women means business! So Excited (with Khia) her second single), Show Me (were she raps in the chorus and at the end of the song), Get It Out Me is just another amazing club banger. Do It To Me; which you can tell has Kanye West and JD heavily influenced beats on the track.
And the haunting rock anthem "This Body" a personal favorite on the album for me!
Then 20 YO PART 2
With U; which can be easily the best R&B song since "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey (2005) or "Trippin (That's The Way Love Works" by Toni Braxton (2005)And her first single which is cute duet with Nelly.
20 YO Part 3 - the classic JANET, and pop song
"DayBreak" which is probelly can be determined the only pop song same with "Enjoy" and maybe "With U" on the album.
"DayBreak" definity has the "Someone To Call My Lover" kinda vibe, but the beat is tens time better and so are the lyrics and vocals.
"Enjoy" is classic Janet. The Janet that we have known for these past 20 Years. Easily gonna be a favorite for those older Janet Fans.
20 YO Part 4
"Take Care" is definity the "Rope Burn" or the "Anytime, Anyplace" on the album. Really, classy sexual song. Janet really brings back the sexy slow jam on this one.
and "Love2Love" the sweet and soultry ballad.Read more ›
That being said, '20 Y.O.' is still enjoyable once you accept it as something new and it's own cd. The first five songs on the cd are true dance. "So Excited" is the first real upbeat Janet song we've gotten in a while. It does sort of have an old-school sounding beat to it that helps it stand out as a track and single. "Get It Out Me" is in some regards pure 80s and perhaps one of the best tracks on the cd. It reminds you a bit of LL Cool J's "Lose Control" and Janet's vocals are pretty good on that. "Show Me" is laid back and continues this retro-dance feel and perhaps showcases Janet's voice the best on the cd. "Do It 2 Me" is another interesting song that's sort of muddied at the start with Jermaine Dupri inserted his voice and vocals or rapping style into the mix, as he seems to do with a lot of songs he produces (he appears or intrudes in numerous songs on Mariah's "Emancipation of Mimi"). The song is setup to be a sort of naughtier, sexed up, dance driven sequal to "I Get Lonely" and she pulls it off well.
I'd say by the second intro, the CD goes from being upbeat and good to just being okay.Read more ›
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LOVE MY JANET SHE'S ALWAYS PUT HER HEART AND LOVE IN WHAT SHE'S PUTTING OUTPublished 24 days ago by leronda campbell
20 Y.O. is one of Janet's best albums. After the 2004 Superbowl incident, Janet had trouble charting like she used to. Nevertheless, she still kept the same quality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronnie