The Velvet Rope
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
album is one of self-expression. She shows how much she's
changed since her last time around, and how open she's become.
She also uses "The Velvet Rope" to confront several
issuses present today, such as homosexuality and domestic abuse.
Janet, much to the pleasing of most of her male fans, gets more
sensual in not only the music, but in her music videos.
song, "Velvet Rope," is intro song for the album.
It has a dance beat, familiar sample, and classical music all
mixed under Janet's smooth voice. It features Vanessa Mae
on the violin and a background choir by The United Children's
Choir. It's a very pretty song. The next song, "You,"
is more offbeat both lyrically and musically, it's closer to rap.
It has a funky, driving bassline. "You" is about
taking responsibility for your actions.
the first single Janet released off of The Velvet Rope,
"Got 'till It's Gone." It's more of a laid back
track, which features Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and Joni Mitchell
(sampled from her 1970 song "Big Yellow Taxi").
After "My Need" is the latest release, "Go Deep."
"Go Deep" is a good dance song about goin' to a club,
meetin' someone, takin' em home, and gettin the freak on!
The song also has an awesome video. It's basically a wild
house party at some dudes house. Just as Janet is takes
him up to his room, he wakes up from his dream....damn....
The next track,
"Free Xone," is one on which Janet confronts the issue
of homosexualality, saying that gays should be free to be what
they are. There really isn't much to the song other then
that. "Together Again," which is my favorite song
on the album, is next. I like it for both it's lyrics and
it's cuz it's a great dance song. "Empty," the next
track, has come cool drum progamming. It has more of an
elctronica feel..it builds in complexity throughout the song and
sounds really cool.
up an important issue in today's soceity in "What About,"
domestic abuse, in all forms. It starts off laid back, as
she reminisces about the good times..."we walked along the
beach - what a moonlit night - he held my hand in his - he kissed
me he said - I wanna spend my life with you - I want you for my
wife..." But then it switches into a more heavier,
rock-style when she thinks about why she's upset..."what
about the times you lied to me - what about the times you said
no one would want me - what about all the shit you've done to
me - what about that - what about that..." Janet, throught
variations of this refrain, brings up verbal, mental, and physical
abuse, including rape and committing adultery.
Rope finishes quietly from there. "Every Time,"
another released single is on it, as well as a remake of Rod Stewart's
"Tonight's The Night." The last three tracks
are slower and more musical....I was very impressed by Janet's
latest, it was much better then I had expected it to be, but then
again, what else can you expect from a Jackson?
liked The Velvet Rope...
Interlude - Twisted Elegance
2. Velvet Rope
4. Got 'Til It's Gone
5. Interlude - Speaker Phone
6. My Need
7. Interlude - Fasten Your Seatbelts
8. Go Deep
9. Free Xone
10. Interlude - Memory
11. Together Again
12. Interlude - Online
14. Interlude - Full
15. What About
16. Every Time
17. Tonight's The Night
18. I Get Lonely
19. Rope Burn
21. Interlude - Sad