First Hit #1: August 26, 2000
Today in songs that are annoyingly difficult to find on Youtube, Janet Jackson’s Doesn’t Really Matter. It’s all covers and live shows (I have embedded the latter), luckily I have All for You lying around here somewhere, so I can still listen to it in proper studio form.
In that form, it’s clear that Jackson has heard of Destiny’s Child, or at least their producers. Jackson isn’t really trying to replicate their vocal style – she’s at a point in her career where she’s settled into a comfortable vocal groove, and this is the typical Jackson performance that’s delicate and serves the overall beat. Though, that said, she goes for a Mariah Carey-esque layered vocal, something wholly unexpected from someone who rarely attempts to stand apart from the song – but a decision that’s appropriate for the song itself. However the song itself owes a lot to the Destiny’s Child sound, with staccato minimal beats and unconventional instrumentation. As someone who didn’t really pay attention to R&B during this era, it’s actually surprising how weird artists were willing to go – this song is plain weird from most metrics, even if Janet’s vocals tie everything together.