Unbreakable

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2015 Ratings: #454 / 1001
User Score
Based on 212 ratings
2015 Ratings: #261
Liked by 5 people
October 2, 2015 / Release Date
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BMG / Label
janetjackson.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

83
Entertainment Weekly

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

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.
80
Exclaim!

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

80
Pitchfork

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

80
Spin

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

75
A.V. Club

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

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
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
Complex

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

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.

70
AllMusic

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

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

musicbox
80

A return to form for Janet. It's a very consistent album that explores the numerous sounds she's done throughout her career while reaching new territory. Her voice sounds deeper but it's expected after being away from recording for 5 years. Overall it's a great record.

Highlights: Take Me Away, No Sleeep and Night.

LukasLima
80

* Unbreakable (8.5/10)
* BURNITUP! (8.5/10)
* Dammm Baby (7/10)
* The Great Forever (8/10)
* Shoulda Know Better (6.5/10)
* After You Fall (7.5/10)
* Broken Hearts Heal (8/10)
* Night (9/10)
* No Sleep (8/10)
* Dream Maker / Euphoria (7.5/10)
* 2 B Loved (8/10)
* Take Me Away (8/10)
* Promise (8.5/10)
* Black Eagle (7/10)
* Well Traveled (8.5/10)
* Gon' B Alright (8/10)
* No Sleep (Solo) (8.5/10)
* Promise Of You (8/10)
* Love U 4 Life (7.5/10)

Nota Final: 80/100

sorrowfulsoil
82

a great return! janet's best work in years

yuju
75

♡ 2 b loved • the great forever

SabrinaMoretto
73

É um álbum agradável e foi um bom retorno pra ela

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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