Janet Jackson has a lot more than that on her mind, and on The Velvet Rope (# # # # out of four), she lets you know just what she's thinking. She speaks with a social consciousness, reveling at the same time in unabashed sensuality.
She describes herself as a "work in progress," and that's exactly right: Rather than playing it safe and going over much-trod territory, this ever-evolving singer breaks new ground with edgier beats and rawer emotions than she's ever shown.
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