No Longer Essential But A Great Look At Her Early Career
CHEWIE | 02/26/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When "Design of a Decade 1986/1996" was released Janet had three hit albums and enough hits to make a "Greatest Hits" album. It was a huge hit and had two hit singles "Runaway" and "Twenty Foreplay". Who would of guessed that the best was yet to come?
The good side to "Design of a Decade" is that it has all her classic Rhythm Nation 1814 and Control hits on one disk. It doesn't miss one. All of the songs have aged perfectly and still contain a huge punch. The cover art is perfect. In the inside their is an interview with Janet and a biography. That is a good enough reason to buy the album even if you have all of the other songs. The two new songs "Runaway" and "Twenty Foreplay" are great and actually two of my favorites. "Runaway" is a message to her fans and "Twenty Foreplay" is a creative song that starts off slow but turns into a totally different fast song.
The bad side to "Design of a Decade" is that there is only one "janet." hit. The fact that "You Want This", "Again", "If" and "Anytime, Anyplace" didn't make this list is just horrible. Also, it is a pain that fans who own Janet's other CDs have to buy the whole album just for "Twenty Foreplay" which isn't on any of her other albums.
In conclusion, while this is a great look at Janet's early career you are better off buying the updated "Number Ones". If you are a big fan though it is worth buying for the booklet and "Twenty Foreplay".
4.5 / 5 stars"
Just a taste of Janet
rmcrae | Houston, Texas | 04/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The newer compilation Number Ones is more comprehensive, but I highly recommend picking up Design of a Decade for Twenty Foreplay alone. Unfortunately it's the only song not included on the former's tracklist. Starting off as a sweet love song, it flips halfway into a carnal yet jazzy funk jam. It's one of Janet's underrated baby makin' grooves. The other new at the time track Runaway is a world music flavored shout out to her fans across the world. All the big hits you know and love like Nasty, Control, Escapade, and Come Back To Me are featured as well as That's The Way Love Goes, the only track from Janet. An interview with Janet reflecting on how she hooked up with her musical partners in crime Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis makes up the liner notes. The trace of sadness found in her words made up the bulk of her next album and masterpiece, The Velvet Rope. Check it out."