Janet's "Rock With U"
I find the low-tech new video for "Rock With U" -- my favorite Janet Jackson single in quite some time (which, admittedly, is grading on a very low curve) -- to be endlessly fascinating, from a career perspective. Dispensing with the computer-amplified videos that have dominated her work for the last few years, Janet goes back to basics here: traditional lighting effects, a midtempo groove, and a bevy of dancers doing complex choreography. It's sexy and a little retro (the makeup and hair -- it's 1988 all over again!), and it uses interesting tricks like simulating an extended one-take through the room. Long story short, I like it very much...mostly because it reminds me of old-school Janet. Your thoughts?