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EDITORS’ NOTES

Janet Jackson's first three albums were filled with playful R&B-pop. While no less tuneful and danceable, 1989's Rhythm Nation 1814 is infused by a clear-eyed and optimistic social conscience, with interludes that directly address important issues, like racism, addiction, and poverty. Matching this tough-love lyrical commitment, Jackson and her creative partners Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis bring hard rock, hip-hop, and new jack swing influences to instant classics, like the anthemic title track and the edgy guitar rocker "Black Cat."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Janet Jackson's first three albums were filled with playful R&B-pop. While no less tuneful and danceable, 1989's Rhythm Nation 1814 is infused by a clear-eyed and optimistic social conscience, with interludes that directly address important issues, like racism, addiction, and poverty. Matching this tough-love lyrical commitment, Jackson and her creative partners Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis bring hard rock, hip-hop, and new jack swing influences to instant classics, like the anthemic title track and the edgy guitar rocker "Black Cat."

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