Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
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Based on 5 reviews
1989 Ratings: #6 / 140
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1989 Ratings: #9
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The late 80’s was a simpler time, wasn’t it?

While I wouldn’t put this on the same level as The Velvet Rope, Janet made a great pop album here with instrumentals that take a lot of inspiration from the more dance-worthy hip-hop beats that were growing in popularity at the time. I feel like I can just imagine some type of choreographed dance going on around Janet as she sings each one of these songs, it just fits that late 80’s/early 90’s hip-hop aesthetic so ... read more
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is an album of extremes. Somehow the album is more aggressive while more loving, more electronic but exceptionally human. She draws equally upon images of devotion and violence. The proximity of these two sentiments and the hard-hitting beats throughout the album makes for an endlessly engaging and snarling critique of America in the late 1980s. Instead of presenting music as an escape from the contemporary moment, Janet Jackson demonstrates the two are ... read more
Conscious, ambitious and intricate, Janet Jackson composes an absolute beast of an album in which incorporates some of the most essential elements of a successful R&B album; full of soul and passion, but still vividly presented through strong musicianship. That these tracks are socially aware and simultaneously catchy and groovy is a testament to the strength of this album. Easily one of the most underrated R&B albums I can think of, merely from an exposure standpoint, Janet Jackson ... read more
Janet ends the 80s with an emotionally powerful album about the plight of people of colour in the United States, striving to show that everyone is equal. This album is just as poignant and powerful now with the state of the World in 2020. Listen to... all of it!
This album feels like a really strong coffee, that just slaps you and throws you into a world of paradoxes and uneqalities. It’s bold, it’s enjoyable, it’s sweet and very appaling in terms of the themes covering. Political albums seem to me like a hit or miss most of the times and this one is a hit for sure. Yes, you can dance, yes, you can love, yes, you can be happy, but don’t forget to look further into the world we’re living in. The weak spots are near the end ... read more
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Track List

  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
  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. Interlude: Livin'...In Complete Darkness
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Added on: October 25, 2013