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Janet's Big Breakthrough.,
This review is from: Control (Audio CD)
Just when it seemed like Janet's musical career was never going to take off, out popped `Control' a crucial success, as well as signalling Janet's new found independence. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were recruited to produce this album, and blimey did they do a good job.
The title track `Control' is upbeat, as well as lyrically explaining to us all that she is now free from all restraints, and by the sounds of it she loving every second, this is even more evident when you listen to `Nasty' it's a rebellious song with plenty of sexual references thrown in, then there's one of my personal favourites `When I Think Of You', not quite as upbeat, certainly not as explicit as some of the material on here, i can understand why this bouncy catchy pop track made the only number 1 single from this album, `The Pleasure Principle' love it, it makes you feel good after maybe a long hard day, it's quite relaxing in a way, hence the word `Pleasure', `You Can Be Mine' very energetic, and Janet also sounds like she having tons of fun, love the use of those electric guitars, really good beat, `He Doesn't Even Know I'm Alive', should of been a single, once again again one of feel good songs that you can't get out of your head, the saxophone gives the song a much softer tone, and if i may say so a much classer one too, `What Have You Done For Me Lately', it's quite a good song, and the beat plus the message is quite strong and sharp, it's not one of my absolute favourites though, to finish off the album nicely we have `Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)' very appropriate, while at the same time possibly being the most sexual song on the album, for some parts she is making sexual references in French, and then saying `I really have to go' in quite a preppy dialogue, the song is slow tempo and acts as a good finale, but still seems like a slight filler.
This album is an extremely good choice for anyone who loves, or craves pure 80s pop, as from start to finish its just that, this album, the 3rd groundbreaking attempt, i would argue helped make Janet a international icon, allowed her to establish her own style, and took her out of the shadow of older brother Michael.