Reaction to the The Great Forever. snippet was mostly positive, but some were taken aback, expecting an urban club banger, or something more in tune with what's currently dominating Billboard's Hot 100.
However, as with the 1st single, "No Sleeep", Janet has remained firm in doing what she wants. Completely ignoring current trends in music, and unabashedly, not chasing hits. A rarity for a pop artist of Jackson's legendary stature.
From The Velvet Rope to The Great Forever
For many fans, this era is shaping up to be another landmark album in Jackson's career, harking back to Janet's classic "Velvet Rope" album. An album, which at the time, was met with mixed reception by many fans.
Coming off of the janet. album (which with 5 top 10 hits and over 20 million copies sold worldwide, remains her most successful album to date) most expected Jackson's next solo project to follow the same formula for success, but Janet came back completely left field with "The Velvet Rope".
An album, The New York Times, critic Jon Pareles declared "her most daring, elaborate and accomplished album," Slant Magazine called it "a richly dark masterwork," illustrating "there is nothing sexier than emotional nakedness."
At this point you may be asking yourself......
What the hell does this have to do with a 20 second snippet of a song that hasn't even been released yet?
Bitch, I'm coming to the point!
At first listen, I didn't off-bat "LOVE" the Great Forever snippet,.I then tapped the sideways triangle several times and realized this is what music needs
When it comes to music, most of us are beautiful fools. We have become so accustomed to EDM, synthesizers, drum-machines, and auto tune that we don't appreciate the simplicity of music.
Janet promised a new movement with the new material and she is holding fast to it. I truly believe that Janet is returning music into a period of prosperity. A lot of people are not going to understand the transition, but remember this era is somewhat similar to "The Velvet Rope" era. It's cool, grooveworthy, socially potent, and above all else...a breakthrough.
Many people want Janet to come out the gate with a good ol' pop, lock, and drop it...but they seem to forget that Janet did that 3 albums straight with "Damita Jo", "20Y.O.", and "Discipline".
Janet has now entered into a transcendentalism period where she has taken notice of the industry and how it is ever changing, but she is ascending above it and raising the bar.
Over the next couple of years, many R&B/Pop artists will try to mimic Janet's current sound and understand that's it's not about chasing an instant hit, but staying true to yourself while delivering a message.
By: Phabian Mitchell and Lamont Hicks