Rhythm Nation 1814
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|1. Interlude: Pledge|
|2. Rhythm Nation|
|3. Interlude: T.V.|
|4. State Of The World|
|5. Interlude: Race|
|6. The Knowledge|
|7. Interlude: Let's Dance|
|8. Miss You Much|
|9. 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. Livin'... In Complete Darkness|
Picking up where the breakthrough funk-pop of Control left off, Janet Jackson and her production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis laced Rhythm Nation with high-minded references to societal ills--seldom the favored province of dance music, but a daring attempt nonetheless. Songs like "State of the World" and "The Knowledge" follow in the tradition of "free your mind and your ass will follow." Still, aside from the title track, it was the pure pop fare and dance music that stormed the charts: "Escapade," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "Alright," and "Come Back to Me" concentrate on the politics of personal relationships, not public policy, while "Black Cat" burns the place down with a fierce burst of hard rock. Rhythm Nation 1814 doesn't necessarily hang together thematically, but it's so chock full of hits, you scarcely notice. --Daniel Durchholz
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There are several songs on this album that sound the same. "Escapade" begins to sound like "Miss You Much" after a while, and so does "Love Will Never Do (Without You)". The disturbing "State of the World" is a rude awakening for our society, as is "Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make)".
Jackson's thin voice is well hidden with loud rhythms and excellent musical arrangements, which actually saves the album in a way. It is obvious that the beats and rhythms in this album play a very important role.
The highlights of the album are obviously "Rhythm Nation" in addition to "Black Cat", "Come Back To Me", and the unlikely "Someday Is Tonight". (After spending 3 hours in a car listening to this CD over and over, I found "Come Back To Me" and "Someday Is Tonight" to be actually the BEST songs on the album, with the exception of "Rhythm Nation".)
For your first Janet Jackson CD, invest a few dollars in "Rhythm Nation 1814". This is Jackson's strongest album.
Yet,this album does do a little fake presentation;I can name half of the songs here that aren't about politics,but I won't,because I don't wanna make Janet look bad!
The Verdict:Janet Solidified Her Presence With This Sophomore Classic,And Also Makes You Dance 'Til Your Legs Are Numb!
TV served as the catalyst for Janet Jackson's seventh number one single, "Rhythm Nation." Songwriting/production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were channel switching between BET, MTV, and CNN and came across coverage of the Stockton playground murders. The tragedy deeply affected both the two men and Jackson.Read more ›
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Great album. Wrong format. If you order this hoping for an LP (vinyl) (a record) you will be greeted with the arrival of a CD. I returned this item. Read morePublished on March 6 2013 by John R. A. Shannon
This was such a defining moment in this woman's career. Fans may have expected (and I'm sure the label were probably hoping for) Control Part 2, but Janet did not deliver that. Read morePublished on March 17 2006 by Matt_C_1982
This is the only Janet album that I still enjoy. Every following release was completely dissapointing and her newest album "Damita Jo" is worst piece of filth I've ever... Read morePublished on July 18 2004
Before the days of showing flesh (not that I mind that but it has its place), Janet was more about being a serious artist. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Ervin Griffin
This CD is amazing. Janet's wonderful (but not that strong) vocals mixed in with amazing rhythms makes this a great album. Each song tells a story. Definetely worth checking out.Published on June 8 2004 by Tameron Cantrell
This era sums up the real janet jackson. Excellent album, excellent production, excellent vocals, excellent songwriting, excellent melodies, excellent harmonies, excellent beats,... Read morePublished on May 30 2004
This album is so amazing & still a great listen 15 years later! Standouts include "Miss You Much" "Love Will Never Do..." "The Knowledge" and "Come Back To Me. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Brandon L. Harlow
It's kinda hard for me to rate which album I like the best, because they all seem to shine in their own way. Plus, they are usually on different levels. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Poetic T