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Rhythm Nation 1814


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002GFN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 )
12. Alright
13. Interlude: Hey Baby
14. Escapade
15. Interlude: No Acid
16. Black Cat
17. Lonely
18. Come Back to Me
19. Someday is Tonight
20. Livin'... In Complete Darkness

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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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I was never a huge Janet Jackson fan until I heard the song "Rhythm Nation". I picked up this album and listened to it. I was close-minded when I first bought the CD, thinking that the only song I would like would be "Rhythm Nation". But as I listened to more and more of the songs, I began to like more and more.
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.
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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.
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After Janet came out with her classic breakthrough album "Control",she all of a sudden deservingly became a mega star.But,Janet never really made herself a GENIUS with "Control",not to say that the album was bad or anything,I loved it,but she never really came out with any REALLY important or any classic message.Well,that all changed with "Rhythm Nation 1814".This time,Janet came out with an extremely genius and needed message about politics,making one of the greatest politically charged albums since Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?".But,she doesn't just want to bore you,so she makes you dance along with it,too,making it reach out to the youth,also.Some of the best political dance songs on this classic are:the hard-hitting title track(without the 1814!) and the "State Of The World".But,this album isn't ALL politics.Actually,come to think of it,most of the songs aren't about politics,but are still a goldmine of musical history,espeically the classics "Miss You Much",the rock-inlfuenced and most genius track on the album "Black Cat",and the song with the classic sexed-up video "(Love Will Never Do)Without You".And the ballads are something to hear,too.This ain't just a dance album,after all!And,it's intelligent,and doesn't just have Janet complaining about stuff in the world,Janet is adressing what is going on in the world in an intellectual and socially conscious way,which is why this is considered to be a great 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!
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After shocking the R&B world with 1986's Control - a gutsy, risk-taking triumph that was a radical departure from her first two albums - Michael and Jermaine Jackson's younger sister reached an even higher artistic plateau with the conceptual Rhythm Nation 1814. Once again, she enlists the help of Time graduates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (one of the more soulful production/songwriting teams of 1980s and '90s R&B) with wildly successful results. In 1989, protest songs were common in rap but rare in R&B - Janet Jackson, following rap's lead, dares to address social and political topics on "The Knowledge," the disturbing "State of the World," and the poignant ballad "Living in a World" (which decries the reality of children being exposed to violence). Jackson's voice is wafer-thin, and she doesn't have much of a range - but she definitely has lots of soul and spirit and uses it to maximum advantage on those gems as well as nonpolitical pieces ranging from the Prince-influenced funk/pop of "Miss You Much" and "Alright" to the caressing, silky ballads "Someday Is Tonight," "Alone," and "Come Back to Me" to the pop/rock smoker "Black Cat." For those purchasing their first Janet Jackson release, Rhythm Nation would be an even wiser investment than Control - and that's saying a lot.
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.
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