Unbreakable

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2015 Ratings: #425 / 913
User Score
Based on 133 ratings
2015 Ratings: #333
Liked by 2 people
October 2, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rhythm Nation, BMG / Label
R&B, Dance Pop, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

Janet strikes a solid balance between innovation and dependability, bridging past and future better than most—including her legendary sibling.

83
Consequence of Sound

The album’s movements flow like natural metamorphosis rather than wild swings thanks to Jackson’s voice. Unbreakable finds her continuously rediscovering new crevices in her vocal range.

80
Spin

The best thing about Unbreakable is that it proves Janet can still surprise us.

80
Pitchfork

Unbreakable is a synthesis of ideas Jackson’s collected and tested throughout her career.

80
Exclaim!

It's a successful return for Ms. Jackson, a grown-ass album that refuses either to pander or wallow in nostalgia.

80
Billboard

Unbreakable is the mature album, free of commercial ambition, her all-too-breakable brother never made.

80
NOW Magazine
These hallmarks are mixed in with on-trend beats, finger-snapping R&B and even stylistic references to her late brother Michael and the Jackson 5. But it's the ballads - a side of her repertoire that had taken a back seat to forgettable chart-chasers - that show Jackson's at her vocal and songwriting best.
75
A.V. Club

Unbreakable is overall Jackson’s strongest album in a decade, a mature and nuanced career progression that sounds effortless.

70
AllMusic

No one but Jackson can directly reference previous triumphs, address her audience, and yet move forward quite like this.

70
Complex

Janet is reflective, optimistic, and offering encouraging, motivating lyrics to those listening. It’s the album I wish Janet made years ago.

70
PopMatters

Unbreakable nonetheless feels like the liveliest, freshest album we’ve received from Miss Janet in nearly 15 years, and one that feels like a genuine step forward for her artistically.

70
Slant Magazine

Janet has calculatedly played the humble-grateful card countless times in her career, but Unbreakable, a ready-made collection of deep cuts, is one of the first times she's given a fully convincing performance.

70
HipHopDX

Unbreakable is truly a reflective body of work in which Janet refuses to succumb to trends but remains true to what feels and sounds right.

60
The Guardian

The chunky bass of Dammn Baby hits the dancefloor spot – but otherwise, Unbreakable’s highlights are low-key moments of reflection and nostalgia.

musicmagpie55
81
It's a fantasy to hear your favorite pop stars from the 1980s find their sound in the contemporary moment. We often think of older musicians regressing or just churning out the same old material. Artists trying to update their music tend to sound out of place in the updated production. Not Janet, Unbreakable is a delectable R&B record that delivers on its potential. Jackson's breathy vocals sound like they have been waiting for a little EDM for years. The music is sassy, energetic, and ... read more
lemuriams
90
This woman makes me forget about the whole world and I know that it sounds like the words of a teenager, but Shoulda Known Better or Night is absolutely feeling like I was in another dimension of pleasure.

A similar feeling accompanies me when I hear Cant Let Her Get Away of Michael Jackson.
marcobrigs
83
After a few clunkers over the years (and also an unjust radio ban) Janet came back in style with her 11th studio album Unbreakable. Overall it is an amazing return to form which is joyful, powerful and current. Listen to: Unbreakable, Dammn Baby, No Sleeep, Burnitup!
JotaBrasil
80
Apesar de sempre ter vivido de certa forma na sombra do legado que o seu irmão Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson já provou por conta própria, quase trinta anos atrás, que tinha direito um lugar ao sol. Além disso, a cantora conquistou o seu espaço na história ao lançar obras, agora, imortais como Control (1986), Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), janet. (1993) e The Velvet Rope (1997) que ajudaram a redefinir o pop/R&B americano e ... read more
cyberragax
80
lindo álbum. depois de 7 anos a janet conseguiu entregar algo de excelência fazendo algo que muitas da sua idade tentam: se manter atual sem parecer forçada. e a sonoridade do album reflete isso. as letras seguem por um caminho bem biográfico e falam sobre as angústias da janet desde de 2008 até 2015, momentos felizes e tristes nesse período e foi uma linda forma de resumir isso para os fãs que passaram tanto tempo esperando. a voz dela ... read more
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Track List

  1. Unbreakable
  2. Burnitup! (Feat. Missy Elliott)
  3. Dammn Baby
  4. The Great Forever
  5. Shoulda Known Better
  6. After You Fall
  7. Broken Hearts Heal
  8. Night
  9. No Sleeep (Feat. J Cole)
  10. Dream Maker/ Euphoria
  11. 2 B Loved
  12. Take Me Away
  13. Promise
  14. Lessons Learned
  15. Black Eagle
  16. Well Traveled
  17. Gon B Alright
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Added on: September 3, 2015