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The Velvet Rope

Janet Jackson

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Where janet., Ms. Jackson's third blockbuster album, implied sexuality with its teasing cover and seductive grooves, its sequel, The Velvet Rope, is sexually explicit, offering tales of bondage, body piercing, and bisexuality. Not that you'd necessarily know that from listening to The Velvet Rope, since the album sags with endless interludes, murmured vocals, and subdued urban grooves. Working with her mainstays Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson essentially reworks the hushed atmosphere of janet., neglecting to put a new sonic spin on the material -- for an album that wants to push the limits, it sounds surprisingly tame. Similarly, Jackson's attempts to broaden her sexual horizons frequently sound forced, whether it's the references to piercing or her recasting of Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night" as a lesbian anthem. Furthermore, the album is simply too long, which means the best moments sink into the murk. And that's unfortunate, because there are good moments on The Velvet Rope, but at its running time of 70-plus minutes and 22 tracks, it's hard to work up the patience to find them.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Interlude - Twisted Elegance
00:00:42

Non Music Work, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, MainArtist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

2
Velvet Rope
00:04:55

Trevor Horn, ComposerLyricist - Alex Richbourg, Drum Programming, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Oldfield, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Lauber, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Malcolm McLaren, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa-Mae, Violin, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rene Elizondo Jr., ComposerLyricist - United Children's Choir, Choir - Willie R. Norwood Snr (Cognac), Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rayvaline Harrell, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
You
00:04:42

Lee Oskar, ComposerLyricist - Sylvester Allen, ComposerLyricist - Harold Brown, ComposerLyricist - Morris Dickerson, ComposerLyricist - Howard Scott, ComposerLyricist - Alex Richbourg, Drum Programming, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Miller, ComposerLyricist - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leroy "Lonnie" Jordan, ComposerLyricist - Harold Scott, ComposerLyricist - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
Got 'Til It's Gone
00:04:01

Steve Mac, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael McCoy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Richbourg, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joni Mitchell, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - Q-Tip, Rap Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Yost , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kamaal Ibn Fareed, ComposerLyricist - Rene Elizondo Jr., ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Interlude - Speaker Phone
00:00:54

Non Music Work, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, MainArtist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
My Need
00:03:44

Marilyn McLeod, ComposerLyricist - Pamela Sawyer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Scott, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, ComposerLyricist - Valerie Simpson, ComposerLyricist - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
Interlude - Fasten Your Seatbelts
00:00:19

Non Music Work, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, MainArtist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Go Deep
00:04:42

Mike Scott, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Free Xone
00:04:57

Mike Scott, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - Archie Bell, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Hepburn, ComposerLyricist - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Buttier, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

10
Interlude - Memory
00:00:04

Non Music Work, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, MainArtist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

11
Together Again
00:05:01

Alex Richbourg, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Jam for Flyte Tyme Productions Inc, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Interlude - Online
00:00:19

Non Music Work, Composer - JANET JACKSON, MainArtist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

13
Empty
00:04:32

Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Drum Programming, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

14
Interlude - Full
00:00:12

Steve Hodge, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Non Music Work, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

15
What About
00:04:24

Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - STEVE DURKEE, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., ComposerLyricist - Dave Barry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

16
Every Time
00:04:17

Michael McCoy, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Blaske, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Yost , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Jam for Flyte Tyme Productions Inc, Producer - Lee Blaskey, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - O. Nicholas Raths, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Holmen, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Lynne Erickson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - O Nicholas Raths, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

17
Tonight's The Night
00:05:07

Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ROD STEWART, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - STEVE DURKEE, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Capitol Records, LLC

18
I Get Lonely
00:05:17

James "Big Jim" Wright, Keyboards, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Scott, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Richbourg, Drum Programming, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Lauber, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer - Rene Elizondo, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

19
Rope Burn
00:04:15

James "Big Jim" Wright, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Scott, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Richbourg, Drum Programming, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., ComposerLyricist - Dave Barry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

20
Anything
00:04:54

Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Musician, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Vocal Arranger, Rhythm Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - STEVE DURKEE, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Xavier Smith , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Ozdozzi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rene Elizondo Jr., ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

21
Interlude - Sad
00:00:10

Non Music Work, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, MainArtist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

22
Special (Hidden Track "Can't Be Stopped")
00:07:54

Steve Hodge, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JIMMY JAM, Producer - TERRY LEWIS, Producer, ComposerLyricist - JAMES HARRIS, ComposerLyricist - JANET JACKSON, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Producer - Rene Elizondo Jr., Producer, Executive Producer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Black Doll Inc ℗ 1997 Virgin Records America, Inc.

Album Description

Where janet., Ms. Jackson's third blockbuster album, implied sexuality with its teasing cover and seductive grooves, its sequel, The Velvet Rope, is sexually explicit, offering tales of bondage, body piercing, and bisexuality. Not that you'd necessarily know that from listening to The Velvet Rope, since the album sags with endless interludes, murmured vocals, and subdued urban grooves. Working with her mainstays Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson essentially reworks the hushed atmosphere of janet., neglecting to put a new sonic spin on the material -- for an album that wants to push the limits, it sounds surprisingly tame. Similarly, Jackson's attempts to broaden her sexual horizons frequently sound forced, whether it's the references to piercing or her recasting of Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night" as a lesbian anthem. Furthermore, the album is simply too long, which means the best moments sink into the murk. And that's unfortunate, because there are good moments on The Velvet Rope, but at its running time of 70-plus minutes and 22 tracks, it's hard to work up the patience to find them.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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