Janet Jackson documentary: One of pop music’s most important superstars remains unknowable

Yet as weightless and magnetic as she is in that moment, what makes Jackson’s work feel so perpetually disorienting must have something to do with her ability to pull us into a song while keeping us out of her life. Her best music feels deeply personal, but rarely confessional, and at her zenith,”Rhythm Nation,” the life that matters most is that of the collective. “Sing it, people,” she declares, inviting everyone within earshot to step into one of pop music’s greatest visions of utopia. “Sing it if you want a better way of life.”

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