I really hope this stuff makes it into whatever music Janet Jackson releases next:
As much as I love Janet Jackson as a performer, she’s really at her most compelling when she’s baring a bit of her soul. The Velvet Rope, her 1997 masterpiece, was the first time she opened herself up for the full length of an album.
But there were hints much much earlier.
Man – it’s been 14 years since The Velvet Rope. And sadly, there were very few hints of Janet’s inner life on the albums that have come since. As callous as it sounds, it’d be nice to get back behind the rope.
I think, artistically, that it’s time.