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Discipline [CD/DVD]

Discipline [CD/DVD]

by Janet JacksonJanet Jackson

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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A few lines from a couple songs and some suggestive presentation guarantees that a significant amount of the reaction to Discipline, Janet's tenth studio album, will feast upon the singer's lack of judiciousness when it comes to expressing her sexuality. Leave the teasing and explicitness to the teens and younger twenty-somethings -- not the grown women -- right? Janet should get back to making sunny, uncomplicated songs like "Escapade" and pretend that the occasional-to-frequent salaciousness extending back to Control never existed. She should do that and, while she is at it, act her age. (When the three years younger R. Kelly releases his next album, no protests of a similar nature will be heard; ditto whenever the Rolling Stones perform "Brown Sugar.") While Discipline is dressed up like a racy affair with track-to-track titillation, it has only a couple moments where Janet takes the S&M imagery further, and more deeply personal, than she did on The Velvet Rope; the majority of its subject matter relates to the more common elements of relationships. The likes of "Never Letchu Go" (a sweet, glistening ballad), "Luv" (carrying a brisk, feel-good clap-and-bounce), "Rollercoaster" (suitably jittery and giddy), and "Can't B Good" (practically a descendent of her brother Michael's "Can't Help It," with that gentle and affecting self-examination that only a Jackson can do so well) are as innocent, universal, and inviting as anything else in Janet's past. There are two irresistible, grade-A dancefloor tracks as well: the swift, swooning "Rock with U" (that is the correct title) and the more aggressive (as in "let's throw down") "2Nite." The absence of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is not felt, not with Ne-Yo, the-Dream, Tricky Stewart, and Stargate stepping up to contribute with established Janet collaborators Johnta Austin, Rodney Jerkins, and of course Jermaine Dupri (who brought Janet with him to Island from Virgin). Janet probably won't hit that late-'80s peak again, but that is no excuse to write her off. [Some copies of the album came with a bonus DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517621664
catalogNumber: 001073501

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ernie Isley   Guitar
Eric Dawkins   Background Vocals
John Horesco   Guitar
Delisha Thomas   Vocals
Dernst Emile   Guitar
Robert Taylor "R.T."   Electric Guitar
R. City   Vocals
Telisha Shaw   Vocals
Chris Viecco   Vocals

Technical Credits

Janet Jackson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Eric Dawson   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction,Packaging
Manuel Seal   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Phil Tan   Vocal Mixing
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Eric Dawkins   Vocal Arrangements
Missy Elliott   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Engineer
Mike Donaldson   Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Paul Foley   Engineer
Crystal Johnson   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
John Horesco   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Johnta Austin   Composer
David Gough   Composer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
Eric Stamile   Composer,Producer
D. Dorohn Gough   Producer
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   Engineer
Antonio Dixon   Composer
Ashaunna Ayars   Marketing
Shaffer Smith   Composer,Lyricist
Delisha Thomas   Composer
The-Dream   Composer
Ne-Yo   Producer
Josh Houghkirk   Engineer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Carol Corless   Package Production
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer
Brian Woodring   Engineer
Daniel Laporte   Engineer
Roberto Vazquez   Engineer
Chuando & Frey   Art Direction,Packaging
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
No Id   Producer
Ian Cross   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer

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