Rhythm Nation 1814
Released: Sep 1989
With the pressures of child stardom a fading memory and Control over her sound well established, Janet Jackson positively erupts out of her fourth album. This is Janet at her strongest, her most powerful, unhindered by diets and domineering fathers, and with more than a few things to get off her chest. And dang, is Damita Jo versatile: She flexes her activist muscles on "State of the World," waxes kittenish on "Come Back to Me" and makes codependence sound fierce on "Miss You Much." Our personal fave, however, is the Rocker Chick Janet of "Black Cat". Meow!