First Hit #1: April 14, 2001
In spite of the breathy – and oddly catchy, I find myself singing it at unexpected moments – chorus, Janet Jackson isn’t quite content to blend in on All For You. Her voice is much more prominent here than I usually expect, and she’s also using Mariah Carey-esque production tricks. She still doesn’t have the voice of a diva, no matter what she does – this remains more quietly pleasant than particularly forceful – but Jackson is a much more forceful presence here, and a component of the song that is more prominent and pulls greater focus.
It’s not perfect, there’s a bit of robot voice that seems to be thrown in because people are doing lots of robot voice. But there are often odd choices made in order to conform with pop trends. The biggest change from Janet as usual is that she is the driving force in the strong instead of texture, and that change is welcome overall.