In 1995 Janet released "Design of a Decade 1986-1996", a collection of her best known "Control" and "Rhythm Nation 1814" hits. e.g. "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "Nasty", "When I THink of You", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", "Rhythm Nation and surprisingly, "The Best Things In Life are Free", a duet with Luther Vandross for "Mo' Money".
The album starts with the new song "Runaway" ***** which has hard hip-hop beats and gentle African chords. "WHYDFML" ***** preceeds "Nasty" *****, with the tongue-in-cheek retort "Miss Jackson if you're nasty!". "When I Think of You" ***** is just as perfect as it sounded in 1986. "Escapade" **** is far more poppier than all the other songs, though still a good song. "Miss You Much" ***** is a brilliant dance song which will never age.
Taking a break from A&M songs you get the Virgin released "Whoops Now" *** which is really poppy and never fit in with the rest of songs off "janet." and dosen't fit in with the rest of "Design of a Decade 1986-1996" (At least "Escapade" is better!) "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" ***** is a brilliant song and has a "love-will-conquer-all theme. "Alright" **** not feeling this remix as much as the normal version, but still listenable. "The Best Things In Life Are Free" ***** Now ya talkin! This song is absolutely brilliant (or should I say remix!). "Control" ***** is rather different, rather like "Rhythm Nation" because of it's new jack swing elements but really good. "The Pleasure Principle" ***** I'm in love with this song. The video is an absolutely brilliant and lots of people have copied it in their videos. Songwise, absolutely BRILLIANT! "Black Cat" ***** This remix is rather rocky and doesn't really fit in though it is good. "Rhythm Nation" ***** Nothing can top this song off, it's an absolute classic!
Taking a break from A&M released songs coming up is the Virgin released "That's the Way Love Goes" ***** A slow jam, knon as the soundtrack of the summer of '93! "Come Back to Me" *** I hate this remix! The normal version is much, much better! "Let's wait Awhile" **** Alright, I 'spose, rather soully in comparison to all the other songs. Lastly, closing the album is the new song "Twenty Foreplay" *** It is one of them rhapsodies which are about when you make love and it seems to stop the hands of time, though I prefer this to "Come Back to Me", this is nowhere near as good as "That's the Way Love Goes".
A few duff remixes, though mostly good.
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
Don't get me wrong, this is one of the best Greatest Hits compilations ever released , 3rd after 1:The Immaculate Collection 2: GHV2 3: Design of a Decade 1986-1996! Buy it, you won't be dissapointed, because with her best '80s work in it, you'll enjoy it! (Though at 77 mins long I think it is a bit long!)