The Velvet Rope

Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
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Based on 5 reviews
1997 Ratings: #40 / 73
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Based on 168 ratings
1997 Ratings: #15
October 7, 1997 / Release Date
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Virgin / Label
R&B, Pop / Genres
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CRJPopGod
91
If someone told me 'Empty' was released this decade i wouldn't even dare to say the contrary. It sounds like a b side straight from 'Take Me Apart' by Kelela, one of my favorite albums of all time.. 'The Velvet Rope' is a underappreciated forward thinking piece of art. Glad i'm now aware of it's existence, and also i'm starting Janet's discography sometime this year.

Favorites: The Velvet Rope, Got Til It's Gone, My Need, Go Deep, Free Xone, Together Again, Empty, What About, Tonight's The ... read more
andradejoa1
100
Se o R&B é o que é em 2018 é porque esse álbum existe, não preciso dizer mais nada.
kimseohyun
93
É simplesmente uma das coisas mais lindas que já ouvi em toda a minha vida. É lindo, minimalista e artístico. Janet Jackson reafirma que não é apenas a irmã de Michael Jackson, ela é a mrs. Janet!
Musicalmente, o álbum é inteiramente r&b com alguns flertes no pop dos anos 90, o que o torna ainda mais rico em diversidade, apesar de ser um álbum homogêneo.
MinatoArisato
80
Just pure vibes, really smooth and fun. This whole project manages to feel shorter than it really is.

Best Track: Got 'Til It's Gone
Worst Track: Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts
BruhMan
84
Although It kinda slips up towards the end with the much slower Michael type balladry, “Mama Yoke” really pulled out all the stops on her 97’ classic. A truly forward thinking, creative and influential yet a bit underappreciated alternative R&B album heavily responsible for where the genre is today.

FAV: Velvet Rope, You, Got ‘Till It’s Gone, My Need, Go Deep, Free Xone, Together Again, Empty, What About, I Get Lonely, Anything & Special

LEAST: Every Time
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#30/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Interlude: Twisted Elegance
  2. Velvet Rope
  3. You
  4. Got 'Til It's Gone
  5. Interlude: Speaker Phone
  6. My Need
  7. Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts
  8. Go Deep
  9. Free Xone
  10. Interlude: Memory
  11. Together Again
  12. Interlude: Online
  13. Empty
  14. Interlude: Full
  15. What About
  16. Every Time
  17. Tonight's the Night
  18. I Get Lonely
  19. Rope Burn
  20. Anything
  21. Interlude: Sad
  22. Special
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