Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation (1989)

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By Scott Goldfine

Power grooves and delicate ballads carry messages of social change and love on Janet Jackson’s new LP. Influenced by Stevie Wonder and hip hop, the wispy-voiced Jackson and studio wizards Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have taken 1986’s multiplatinum “Control” to the next level.

Standouts include the Sly Stone-based title cut and the rocker “Black Cat.”

GRADE: B+

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