Released on Monday, Mar 3 2008
Published Tuesday, Jan 29 2008, 17:26 GMT
| By Nick Levine |
Twenty-two years after Control
, her commercial and creative breakthrough, Janet Jackson is clearing out her musical closet. She's left Virgin, her label of the past decade-and-a-half, for Island Def Jam, replaced Jam & Lewis, her long-time collaborators, with an assortment of trendy beatsmiths, and given her sound a much-needed update. After both of her post-nipplegate albums registered disappointing sales figures, this career overhaul comes just in the nick of time.
While 'Feedback' isn't a dancefloor monster to rival, say, 'Rhythm Nation' or 'Escapade', it has everything you want from a Jackson, J single: hard-edged beats, plenty of hooks and enough attitude to compensate for her flimsy-as-cling-film voice. In fact, Janet's on brilliantly filthy form here, boasting that she's "something heavy like a first day period" over Rodney Jerkins' electro-R&B blips and squelches. Miss-Jackson-if-you're-nasty, it seems, has plenty of spunk left in her yet. > Click here to watch the 'Feedback' video