'The Velvet Rope' turns 25: Why Janet Jackson's boldest album is likewise her best

Openly, Janet Jackson was large and in charge in 1996.

She had recently delivered a platinum-selling greatest hits album praising the primary ten years of her generally celebrated music profession and marked an uncommon $80 million arrangement to reestablish her record bargain.

Yet, secretly, the then-29-year-old genius was battling with an episode of despondency so weakening that she escaped numerous recording sessions for her next album in tears.

"[I] couldn't get up once in a while," she later told theusanewstimes.com.

"There were times when I felt extremely sad and powerless and I felt like walls were somewhat surrounding me."

Jackson's studio breakdowns were continuous to such an extent that the album she was dealing with required a half year to finish — a lifetime contrasted with her 1986 breakout, "Control," which she made in only two months.

"I needed to enjoy a great deal of reprieves since it was excessively overpowering on occasion," she conceded.

Those blues, however, yielded one of the boldest — and best — albums in not exclusively Jackson's discography yet in addition music history: "The Velvet Rope," which was delivered a long time back on Oct. 7, 1997.

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