This is Janet Jackson’s first album on Island, the first since the Control era made without long-time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and her most modern and club-friendly in a long time.
The label’s trying to borrow a bit from the Rihanna playbook by pairing her up with the teams behind her last two big hits for a couple of tracks in a similar vein. But the real star is probably Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins, who’s behind leadoff single Feedback as well as several others with single potential. Discipline is predominantly raw, dirty, sexy and very electronic-sounding, with a few slow jams that are bound to help make a few babies.
Ne-Yo produced the delightfully dirty sex ballad Discipline and also churned out the bouncy house track Rock With U. Long-time boyfriend Jermaine Dupri makes the curious choice of copying Kanye West’s sampling of Daft Punk on So Much Betta (and doesn’t appear to have credited it), but this wonderfully bizarre bit of robot-funk R&B is his best contribution to the album.
Jackson wouldn’t want us to call it a comeback, but it sure sounds like one.