This is all I wrote on my December 11, 2006 MySpace post: 

“i’ve just always liked the way janet looks in this video. i like the look of the video, too. esp. the color scheme.”

I also orginally added a bonus the day prior, so I’m going to throw that one in with Number 7 today.

7. “Any Time, Any Place” from janet. Released:  May 24, 1994

Janet really asserted her adult sexuality with this track.  What I like about it is that it’s sexy and, though it pushes boundaries (yes, it’s a little bit naughty), it’s not raunchy or tacky.  I think things are sexier when they’re not so overt and in-your-face.  Yes, she’s laying it out pretty directly, but it’s not with X-rated language (see later Janet albums for that) and bad-tasting lyrics.  Lyrical content aside, it’s a nicely produced slow jam.

The video, visually, is just stunning.  I always just loved the way Janet looks in this video.  The color palette, aesthetic, art direction –the whole shebang — is just artfully done.  It’s not a way we get to see Janet often.  It was clever to make Janet more vulnerable and the video more subdued.  It’s a nice contrast to what the song’s about.

Don’t get me wrong,  it is a sexy video.  But, that’s the key word, it’s sexy, not nasty (in the bad way, not Janet Nasty, which is actually good nasty).  There’s a fine line and it’s all in how it’s presented and executed.  The sexuality is not forced down our throats; it just happens naturally and you get to be a voyeur in what feels like a healthy way not one you’ll feel guilty about later.  Janet never looked more beautiful.  And the green dress — fierce!

***BONUS***

This is what I wrote on December 8, 2006. Enjoy.  BTW,  “So Excited” featuring Khia was released on October 31, 2006.

“Today, I decided to go with her most recent video, ‘So Excited,’ from her latest album, 20 Y.O. (For those who don’t know, it’s been 20 years since the release of her breakthrough album, Control.  So, that’s what the title is referencing.  She actually released 2 teeny-bopper albums prior to Control, but Control is the one that hit.  And we all know, it hit BIG.)

Just nice to show her progression.  She still dances harder and better than any newbies/younguns out there.

Have a great weekend.”

 

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