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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Rhythm Nation"

Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation (1989)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1...



Definitely a song that is heavily tied to its video. The message is racial equality, the song is funky, and it really is a great dance track. There are some nice drum breaks, some horns I don't remember hearing back in the 80s, and a surprising nun-chuck break at the 3 minute mark. On the minus side, if you're not watching it, and are just listening, its a long track, but I don't know if that's a fair judgement. This is a song that is intended to get you up off your but and onto the dance floor. The fact that over 20 years later it does make me want to get up is a testament to Ms. Jackson.

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