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|
This special DVD/CD combination package features the Rhythm Nation Combination DVD and the Rhythm Nation 1814 CD.
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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The music is top-notch with sonic punch, loud slamming beats, strong vocals, both solo and chorus, and amazing and powerful songwriting and her first song she wrote all by herself "Black Cat" is truly angry and powerful especially with the loud crunchy heavy-metal guitars and sledgehammer beats. The albums theme, like we all know, is about how to counteract the wrongs in the world as the title track says. Not all of it is like this as some tracks are on the fun side. Alright fits into this category with it's stunning New Jack Swing beats, and cheering voices. Listening to this song, it makes me yearn so much for the Janet of this era again. Alright is Janet at the apex. The last three tracks are haunting ballads and far surpass almost every ballad she's done since(Not that they're all boring or bad). The first one, Lonely, is a dark haunting song with beautiful Spanish guitars and powerful lyrics and ambient atmosphere. The next one, Come Back To Me, continues the feel of Lonely but adding a bit of a more orchestral sound. There were two version both of which I like. The version on Design Of A Decade has dingling keyboards at the beginning, the parent album version has the haunting multilayered chorus at the beginning.Read 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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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
After Janet came out with her classic breakthrough album "Control",she all of a sudden deservingly became a mega star. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Pedro Tejada
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... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by save800
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