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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Illegal Leak of the Week: Janet Jackson, Discipline

posted by on February 21 at 14:00 PM

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First time I listened to Janet’s Discipline, set for release next week, I was distracted enough to think the disc was awesome. The thought crept up on me while I was working on a writing assignment; I wasn’t paying much attention to the music, but 15 minutes into the disc, I realized my head had been bobbing the whole time. So I went back and gave it a harder listen, and the highlights on this thing are surprising. She’s on a robo-pop kick now, evident from the over-vocoded opening single “Feedback,” but even that track’s robophilia is redeemed by its hook (I happen to dig the over-edited enunciation of “fee-DBACK, fee-DBACK”). That bleeds into the crunk-keys slow-jam “LUV,” then turns into “Rollercoaster,” a strange piece of tribal pop whose melody is stripped to leave only multi-tracked vocals and synth percussion. Hey, give the girl credit for picking out a few good producers (Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, her boyfriend Jermaine Dupri…did you know Dupri produced Kris Kross’ debut record? I just figured this out and thought it deserved a two-sentence aside).

When I used the term “robo-pop,” I totally bet you thought about Kanye and Daft Punk’s bro-mance as of late, no? Then you’ll love this—Janet’s “So Much Betta” completely cribs DP’s “Daftendirekt” for its beat. To her credit, she smothers the sample with a bizarre, chipmunk-pitched rap, giving the thing a vocal-percussive quality that actually makes it an album highlight. Still, this shit is getting ridiculous. What’s next? Christina Aguilera releasing a FSOL tribute album? Decks&Drums&HannahMontana?

There are a couple of other decent tracks on Discipline (by-the-books radio single “The 1,” complete with Missy Elliott cameo, and “Rock With U,” not an MJ cover but a Euro-house popster that could’ve been on Madonna’s Music), but that’s about it. She’s not exactly reinventing pop music with the good tracks, and the other 2/3 of the disc is boring, played-out R&B. Seriously, most of it is awful. Terrible. The kinds of jams you’d expect dudes to hump an ottoman to. Worse, I think that Janet’s voice sounds more and more like her brother’s as the years pass by, which is mighty creepy. If you’re asking me to stomach sugary love/lust lyrics, Janet, don’t sound like you’re trying to serve the Jesus Juice.

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LEAK OF THE WEEK. you don't need the word illegal in there. it just sounds dumb

Posted by jelky | February 21, 2008 5:22 PM
2

That couch humping blew my freaking mind.

Posted by drew | February 21, 2008 5:23 PM
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Man you have no idea what you are talking bout that cd is the heat. Funny how you were such a fiend and had to down load the leak-what a hypocrite. Out of the 13 songs like 11 of them are great and can be singles. You said like 5 of the songs were good, who makes cds nowadays that are good all the way through? This is a good cd im sure you will come to see that as you listen more and more to your "illegal" leak. You will be reported as one of the leakers

Posted by dee | February 22, 2008 11:25 AM
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Man you have no idea what you are talking bout that cd is the heat. Funny how you were such a fiend and had to down load the leak-what a hypocrite. Out of the 13 songs like 11 of them are great and can be singles. You said like 5 of the songs were good, who makes cds nowadays that are good all the way through? This is a good cd im sure you will come to see that as you listen more and more to your "illegal" leak. You will be reported as one of the leakers

Posted by dee | February 22, 2008 11:25 AM

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