Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) [1st Japan press]
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Pop / R&B | 64:32 min | Label: Pony Canyon Inc., Japan | Catalog # PCCY-10001
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is her fourth studio album. Despite demands from label executives for material similar to her previous album, Control (1986), she insisted on creating a concept album addressing social injustice. Produced during the height of the new jack swing genre, the album blends rhythm and blues with industrial music and the utilization of rap vocals, swing note, synthesized percussion and the use of sample loop.
After shocking the R&B world with 1986's Control -- a gutsy, risk-taking triumph that was a radical departure from her first two albums -- Michael and Jermaine Jackson's younger sister reached an even higher artistic plateau with the conceptual Rhythm Nation 1814. Once again, she enlists the help of Time graduates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (one of the more soulful production/songwriting teams of 1980s and '90s R&B) with wildly successful results. In 1989, protest songs were common in rap but rare in R&B -- Janet Jackson, following rap's lead, dares to address social and political topics on "The Knowledge," the disturbing "State of the World," and the poignant ballad "Living in a World" (which decries the reality of children being exposed to violence). Jackson's voice is wafer-thin, and she doesn't have much of a range -- but she definitely has lots of soul and spirit and uses it to maximum advantage on those gems as well as nonpolitical pieces ranging from the Prince-influenced funk/pop of "Miss You Much" and "Alright" to the caressing, silky ballads "Someday Is Tonight," "Alone," and "Come Back to Me" to the pop/rock smoker "Black Cat." For those purchasing their first Janet Jackson release, Rhythm Nation would be an even wiser investment than Control -- and that's saying a lot.
Review by Alex Henderson, allmusic.com
01. Interlude: Pledge
02. Rhythm Nation
03. Interlude: T.V.
04. State Of The World
05. Interlude: Race
06. The Knowledge
07. Interlude: Let's Dance
08. Miss You Much
09. Interlude: Come Back Interlude
10. Love Will Never Do (Without You)
11. Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make)
13. Interlude: Hey Baby
15. Interlude: No Acid
16. Black Cat
18. Come Back To Me
19. Someday Is Tonight
20. Interlude: Livin'...In Complete Darkness