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Janet Jackson by Janet Jackson
Released: Jan 1982
Label: A&M
Janet Jackson didn't transform this former TV child actress into a huge star. She scored two minor hits with "Young Love" and "Don't Mess Up This Good Thing," and a songwriting team that included then-hot R&B duo Rene & Angela ensured she had solid dance material. However, the lyrics are sloppily written, making for undercooked tunes like "The Magic Is Working." Still, Janet's debut is more than listenable, thanks to sinuous boogie-funk tracks like "Come Give Your Love to Me" and "Say You Do." More importantly, it laid the groundwork for future multiplatinum success.
Mosi Reeves
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