Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 27 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
Q - 3 Stars - Good
Stereo Review - Highly Recommended - "She comes across as a musical dynamo"
Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson.
Little did you know that the American national anthem, "God Bless America", was written in 1814. Janet did, and she sets out in RHYTHM NATION to dish out a bit of "let's all work together for a better world and improve our way of life" type thing. This vein continues for a number of tracks, and admirable though it is, she sounds so much more convincing singing a good old-fashioned love song. The Jacksons were meant to dance, not to sermonize. That said, "Miss You Much", "Lonely" and "Come Back To Me:" are fabulous. Slick, sweet soul sung and played perfectly.