When you’re a legend such as Janet Jackson, you have nothing to prove. Maybe that’s why the pop/R&B diva decided on such an unconventional rollout for her eleventh studio album, Unbreakable. Teasing the project here and there after announcing its impending arrival in May, she briefly quenched fans’ thirst with the release of the seductive “No Sleeep” and then turned the fire up a couple notches with the Missy Elliott-featuring “BURNITUP!” when her public got restless.
But there was nothing that Mrs. Jackson-Al Mana could’ve done to prepare us for what was to come when Unbreakable officially arrived in October. The album contained some of Janet’s finest work, whether she was delivering modern R&B on tracks like “Dammn Baby,” paying tribute to her late brother Michael Jackson on soulful house stomper “Broken Hearts Heal” or mourning dreams deferred on “Shoulda Known Better.” Somehow, Janet found a way to musically look back while keeping her sound moving forward and setting the pace for those coming after her.
Rather than try to chase the trends that she set decades ago, the music royal provided a new blueprint for her acolytes to live by as she gracefully resumed her seat on the throne. -- D-Money