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"Free at last / Out here on my own," Janet Jackson sings on the title track of her 1986 blockbuster, Control, an album about personal liberation, romantic longing, and, of all things, sexual responsibility. After two albums of middling dance-pop that were comfortably in the Jackson family mold, Janet dropped in on the burgeoning Minneapolis funk factory of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and came up with five top 10 hits, including the opening triad of "Control," "Nasty," and "What Have You Done for Me Lately," as well as the yearning "When I Think of You" and "Let's Wait Awhile," that rare song (considering some of Janet's hits to come) about not having sex. In its own way, Control is the most convincing declaration of artistic independence since Stevie Wonder's "Music of My Mind." --Daniel Durchholz
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These songs fit into what Janet wanted to talk about: independence of anyone controlling her and independent of a relationship and also no pressures to fall in love in the case of the last song posted.Read more ›
The stand-out songs for me are "Control," (the title cut, affirming her newly found independence from her parents' control and what is expected of her by society) "What Have You Done For Me Lately," (a great song about a young woman with a real lay-about of a boyfriend who ought to be putting more investmet in the relationship), "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive (one of the cutest, sweetest and most upbeat tunes I have heard about a puppylove crush), and, "Let's Wait Awhile" (this was before Janet decided that having sex was central to having an "adult" relationship and was actually putting some thought into taking responsiblity and not moving into something too quickly--this perspective is something long gone in her albums of today).
The sound is what I would best describe as "very 80s." This is not necessarily a bad quality either! I mean, the synthesized sound of the keyboard, the drums and the very "plugged in" sound really charge me whenever I put on the tape. It's fun and great for working out or getting your spirits up for a new day. I am not too proud to admit that I miss this kind of music. We definitely don't hear this kind of pure, innocent music anymore on the radio. It's all about how many men you can take home for the night, bragging about exploits, and talking trash.Read more ›
The only bad thing about this CD is that there are only 9 songs,and most of them are singles,anyway!But,9 songs is still good in this landmark album.
The Verdict:The Album That Put Janet On The Map And The Album That Made Her Janet,And Not Just Michael Jackson's Sister.He ll,I Even Forgot They Were Related A Few Times!
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It seems like this stage of Janet is much better than her Damita Jo stage. Control was a point when she tried her best to use the voice that she didn't really have. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by my name is
Control-Great way to start off the album...great dance tune:9.5/10(4th single)
Nasty-Best song on the cd.....awesome song to dance to... Read more
This is great album from someone who didn't want to just be labeled "Little Janet, the baby of the Jackson family. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Lisa
Janet, Jimmy and Terry had a purpose to create the funkiest record in history that would have to be in every black household in America. Read morePublished on May 16 2004
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis tailored their contemporary dance-pop to the emerging personality of Janet Jackson, who attempted to take control of her life on this record. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by save800
Janet's breakthrough album....the one that really kicked her career into superstardom. FANTASTIC COLLECTION OF FUNKY TRACKS!Published on April 11 2004 by Mike Scott
Okay this is probably the 90th review you've read but it can't be stated enough-THIS IS MS.JACKSON'S BEST ALBUM!!!! Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Andre' S Grindle
The fact that CONTROL is a short album, only 9 songs, makes it an especially enjoyable listen. There is no filler material or pointless interludes as an excuse to fill disc time. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by P