Janet Jackson Reminds The World That She’s “Unbreakable”
Janet Jackson has been a pop music staple for decades, with her innovative music and genre defying aesthetic. Her new album, “Unbreakable,” is set for release on October 2, 2015, and marks her return to the music scene after a seven year hiatus. This hotly anticipated album seems poised to be another credit to her already distinguished pop career.
“Unbreakable” has been advertised as a personal album for the singer, who has often avoided exposing her inner demons through song. In this album Janet writes about her relationship with her brother Michael and her much discussed childhood, two topics that have previously been off limits. In Janet’s heyday, pop stars could remain emotionally aloof without alienating fans. In the age of Twitter and Instagram, however, fans want pop stars who are open about their struggles. Janet’s decision to explore her personal life through her music speaks to her continued relevance in the world of pop music.
The album’s title track sees Janet at her soulful best, crooning heartfelt lyrics about the endurance of love. The song is dedicated to Janet’s fans, and its classic R&B sound suggests that Janet knows just what her fans want. Jackson’s longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis helped to write and produce the song, and their influence shows. It is very classic in style, with Janet’s typically breathy vocals purring over a catchy bass beat.
Jackson collaborates with many artists on “Unbreakable.” The influence of Jam and Lewis can be felt throughout, as they helped produce and write nearly all of the album’s 17 tracks. The rapper Missy Elliott is featured on the song “BURNITUP!”, and J. Cole is featured on the track “No Sleeep”. The latter track was the first single to be released from the album. It is a slow tempo R&B song that has been praised by critics for its subtlety.
The album also includes tracks such as “The Great Forever,” “Shoulda Known Better,” “Broken Hearts Heal,” “2 B Loved” and “Lessons Learned.” The album is nearly 65 minutes in total, and it was released by Rhythm Nation Records, Janet’s own record label. This album is a love letter to her fans and a personal exploration of her career so far. Fans of Janet Jackson’s previous work shouldn’t miss it.
Tell us what you think, are you ready a Janet album ? Will her new music rise above the noise of trap music and alt R & B ?