Fans of superstar Janet Jackson have been waiting on new music for some time now (it has been seven years since her last studio effort 2008’s Discipline) so on 16th May “Miss Jackson if you’re nasty” celebrated her birthday by announcing a new album and tour, called Unbreakable. Album title has still to be announced it will probably be the same although another rumoured title is Conversations in a Café?
The first single unveiled from the project is No Sleeep (yes spelled with three e’s). Well was It worth the wait?
Janet who has been known for her sultry approach to laid back RnB slow jams in the past doesn’t disappoint here, No Sleeep grows on the ear but it seems the song only kicks into gear midway through. Despite this, it’s a decent taster for the album due out in the autumn. Some fans and critics were awaiting a big dance number to kick off the new album campaign, but it isn’t the first time Janet has released a down tempo song as a first single (see Got Till It’s Gone or That’s The Way Love Goes) and it’s a fitting approach to be enjoyed on a laid back summer day or a quiet night in.
With her main producers of yester year Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis back at the helm of her musical direction, she is very much in throwback mode a la twenty years ago or so. Most importantly she is finally in Control (yes the pun is intended) Jackson will release her new music through her newly formed record label Rhythm Nation Records named after her 1989 legendary album.
No Sleeep is an enjoyable and well-produced number setting up the return of a music legend with a lot more to give.