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Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope

Chris Roberts, Uncut, November 1997

THIS TIME, it's raining the spectrum of starfish and streaming with tiger snakes. The last Jacksoness album, 93's janet, was a slink-fest of extraordinary ambition and scale, an addictive, arrogant, frequently funky grand folly. The Velvet Rope, which is enormous, makes that sound like a Gigolo Aunts B-side.

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