The queen of pop is back to reclaim her throne
By JOSEPH BROWNELL
Nearly 30 years after the release of a career-defining album, Janet Jackson once again finds herself in control—this time, of a comeback strategy that should send her pop contemporaries scrambling to take notes.
Jackson’s eleventh studio album, “Unbreakable,” is among the fall’s most anticipated releases, and her accompanying world tour includes not one, but two sold-out Atlanta dates: next week’s Chastain Park performance and a Philips Arena return in March.
Jackson’s success is perhaps surprising for someone who hasn’t released a studio album in seven years, publicly endured a sexist post-Super Bowl ban, and whose last two albums were considered disappointing artistic departures.
From secret marriages to “Nipplegate,” one can ponder the possible meanings when the icon sings, ‘I lived through my mistakes/ it’s just a part of growing’ on the album’s title track, or accept it as an indication that we’re experiencing a greater growth than ever before from Jackson.