It Sells Itself... Or Maybe... SHE Sells HERSELF???
Janet Jackson is one of the best artists of the past 20 years, and she's been highly successful for nearly all 20 of those years. Apparently, her first two albums were disappointing in sales, but she was so determined that she persisted in making a third, Control, which became a huge international hit. It also marked a personality upgrade in her to becoming somebody who was strong and independent from her overpowering family.
This song is great. Sure it's trashy, but it's got everything a good song has and more. It's got a clean, slick sound to it and PLENTY of groove. The song is proof that things can be trashy AND good.
As always in a Janet Jackson video, the choreography is energetic and stylish. The video has a great progression to it, always keeping your eyes entertained. Then there's the girls singing in a kind of snobby way in the audience (one is Paula Abdul, who choreographed the vid) which is a funny little interlude. The part near the end with the guys in trenchcoats is hilarious. This is a real treat of a video, always fun to watch anywhere, like at church, or in libraries or retirement homes.