phoenix98 wrote:• It's hard to pinpoint any specific faults in "The Knowledge," but it still gets over-shadowed by most of RN1814. As you've done here, I wouldn't place it at the absolute bottom of that epic album's roster (though it'd certainly be below "Alright" for me), but it's definitely among that LP's least memorable moments.
Well, it's technically not at the bottom, as "Livin' in a World (They Didn't Make)", "Alright", and "Skin Game" have already fallen, but you probably mean the first within the Top 100 to bite the dust. You're right that it doesn't standout, though. When you're sharing CD space with "Rhythm Nation", "Miss You Much", and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", you gotta bring it!
Whoops, sorry! My wording there made no sense
I meant to convey how I agree with your choice to place it toward the bottom of that album's roster, but not quite dead last. I was definitely fine with seeing "Livin' In A World..." even lower.
• Ooh...I'm really distracted by that tease at the end of your "SloLove" synopsis! Lately, it seems like "Spending Time With You" has become your Damita Jo
fave, but I never would've thought to connect those two tracks before. "SloLove" feels much more upbeat to me, with that dance-y (almost modern-disco-y) production, but I guess they do have a similar overall message/theme. I could also be totally off about "Spending," and just biased/blinded by its recent strong showing on your daily charts. HmMmMmMm...
• I've always wondered if "Night" isn't called "Tonight" just to avoid any confusion with the Discipline
track. Not that artists can't have two songs with the exact same title, but I don't think she ever says just "night" throughout this entire song? That tangent aside, "Night" definitely gave me some hesitation when I was labelling "Take Me Away" Unbreakable
's best uptempo earlier. It's a pretty close race between those two.
• It wasn't until years after first purchasing Damita Jo
that I finally started noticing and appreciating "Moist." I don't think it helped that it's stuck between two of that album's most forgettable/regrettable songs, so I probably just skipped ahead to "SloLove" often. Both the pre-chorus and chorus are pretty catchy, and there's quite a few lines that make me smirk: "hope you like drownin' in it, you don't have a life jacket..."
• On one hand, I feel like "The Best Things..." deserves better, but I also have this (not entirely rational) bias toward an artist's own tracks as the lead act when it comes to tributes/countdowns. Not that a singer can't make a noteworthy contribution as a featured guest/co-lead/whatever, but it'd just feel so...off...to see something like "I Know What You Want" inside a Mariah Top 10, "Higher" in a Kylie Top 20, or "We Are Young" atop a Janelle tribute. Claiming that the best thing an artist has ever done is appear on another act's song feels like disrespect to their whole unique catalog. I'm not saying there can only be completely-solo tracks, but the honored artist should comprise the bulk of the runtime of the highest-ranking entries. I apologize in advance if "Scream" turns out to be No. 1 here
This one's a slightly tricky case, since it's an "&," and Janet does open the track all by herself. It's also never been on a studio album of hers or Luther's (only hits collections and that soundtrack), so the "ownership" feels pretty truly shared. A part of me reacts with "Yes! Banish the '&'s and 'with's and 'featuring's toward the bottom so her own material can shine!"
, while another part is like "But it's such a feel-good bop!"
Long story short: mixed feelings about it landing at No. 87.
• I assume this
must've played a pivotal role in helping "Start Anew" to place this high?
I've actually never checked this one out before (looks like it was a stand-alone Japanese single, then tacked onto the first pressings of Control
there?) It's cute on first listen. It probably would've been one of my favorite Dream Street
moments, but seems pretty out-of-place (and among the weakest) on Control