carlos b fly wrote:
This album is Janet as back on form as I'd realistically expect and the kind of offering a superstar of her calibre should be offering. After a long slew of mediocre albums driven by muddy, unflattering R&B beats and endless tracks about wanting to riding someones !$%#, she back with something to say, fresher production, creatively energised and a return to her better days. The most successful and superior cuts from Janets catalogue have been the pop/R&B material and this album feels much more in tune with that.
Stand outs to me -
The Great Forever
Shoulda Known Better
2 B Loved
Take Me Away
The difference in production on this album is amazing. Its so much richer, diverse and epic, like classic Janet, sweeping stuff that opens up her (very thin) voice rather than reduce her to a mumbling afterthought on her own song. Like MIAM was for Mariah, I think Unbreakable is going to restore faith in a lot of Janets fans after so many disappointing efforts. Its a very nice step back towards that positive, sexy (but not excessively so) and wise artist may fell in love with.
This is easily her best work since The Velvet Rope. It'll never top the flawless run of Control to TVR of course but I'm pleased. Its a maturer album, filled with uptempos that have bite, sexy jams and a sense Janet is back on track at last. I'm pleased
Very well put Carlos. I'm towards the end of my first listen and I'm blown away by the quality. Extremely solid with great and diverse production work. Definitely her most interesting and intimate work since TVR. Have to listen some more but so far very pleased!
I'm glad you like. This feels like the album we've been waiting for from Janet.
I like that initially you could say its not got a lot of messages or intimacy in the album but actually, that's not true. She's sweeping across revealing topics with subtlety and a lot less fanfare this time around but there are some really revealing lyrics - the death of MJ (of course), she discusses an abusive relationship which she partly pins the blame on her, politics in Palestine, her discomfort with living in America, conceding she was very niave when she touted the Rhythm Nation message and responding to the criticisms of her marriage to a Muslim man.
She's wrapped it in a lot lighter songs so it feels a lot less heavy and casual in their reveal but its all in there. The difference is staggering. She literally had nothing to say from Damita Jo apart from sex, sex and a little more sex.