The last time Janet Jackson released an album, there was no Instagram, Obama wasn’t president, and no one had heard of Justin Bieber. Now seven years later Janet returns with her new and eleventh studio album ‘Unbreakable,’ out now via Rhythm Nation Records/BMG.
“Broken Hearts Heal” is the seventh song on the album, composed and produced by Janet Jackson with her long-time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song is a reflection on/tribute to her late brother and one may be excused for getting teary when they listen to it.
Like many of the tracks on ‘Unbreakable,’ “Broken Hearts Heal” begins skeletally: just Janet’s voice, a keyboard, and kick drum. As the song progresses additional rhythmic elements are added until it reaches the final chorus, where it erupts into an all-out ‘Off the Wall’-era disco stomper.
The song touches you with her heartfelt lyrics and you can clearly hear how much she still misses her brother.