The American public's appetite for Janet Jackson never wanes. "Doesn't Really Matter" was the first new offering from Ms. Jackson in years, yet had the feel and sound of a young, girlish, naïve Janet singing a happy pop song about love as opposed to the hardened, sexually experimental Janet who emerged during the later Velvet Rope years. This impossibly catchy song was an instant smash, and spent several weeks atop the U.S. pop charts. The single was budget priced but well-stocked, armed with four different versions. The first track is the definitive album version, which is classic pop Janet through and through. The second track is the "Dance All Day Extended Mix," which possesses a dancehall flavor, yet lacks the vibrancy of the original. The third track, the "Jonathan Peters Club Mix" is easily the best remix on this disc. The song is transformed into a summery, breezy dance record, complete with Spanish guitars and whistles. The song lends itself surprisingly well to this transformation, and, with great instrumentation, results in a pleasant and effortless dance record. The fourth track, the " Spensane Get Up Extended Mix" takes off where the last one left off, with more intense beats, but at times it sounds as though Janet's vocals are being played at 78 RPM. "Doesn't Really Matter" was included on her All For You album, but, unfortunately, in a lesser, remixed form. For that reason, this single is essential for Janet fans and collectors (except for those who have the Nutty Professor II Soundtrack, which features the original version), although some of the remixes are lacking.
AllMusic Review by Jose F. Promis