While "Control" was funky, "Janet" was sensual and "The Velvet Rope" was introspective, this album, released in the fall of 1989 was DEEP and raw in terms of its messages on some songs, the New Jack Swing beats that accompanied it, and Janet's own voice which showed much strength here on this album. As a matter of fact, it's Janet Jackson's best album ever. I really don't need to explain why because generally 10 million worldwide seemed to get the message. This album made you think, made you cry, made you fall in love, and made you dance. Janet followed behind Tina Turner, her brother Michael, Prince and Donna Summer by singing a full-fledged rock song. That song was put into the R&B, soul, ballads and hip-hop of the rest of the album and was a perfect mixture. This album also proved to people that "Control" wasn't a fluke and that Janet Jackson would truly be a mainstay. While not all the time political (it has its share of love and relationship songs), this album truly proved to people at the time that this legend-in-the-making had arrived...and she hasn't looked back since. If there's one reason why she should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame years from now, this is it. It don't get better than this. This is the Janet I missed. You really wanna cop the best of Janet, go pick up "Control" and this one and it will take you back or for those who just saw Janet at the Super Bowl or those who thought her first record was "All For You", it's a great history lesson just to tell you who Janet Jackson truly is, this is it! Get the point? Good, let's dance.