Editors’ Notes This inventive 1997 album took listeners on a journey that gave props to Joni Mitchell (“Got ’Til It’s Gone”), denounced homophobia (“Free Xone”), and embraced freakiness (“My Need”). From the disarming spoken interludes to the consistent messages of self-acceptance, The Velvet Rope is deeply personal. Jackson shifts nimbly between styles and influences—disco, soul, funk, drum ‘n’ bass—exuding a mature confidence that can make room for vulnerability. The hit single “Together Again” is simultaneously sad and jubilant, just like life itself.

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Interlude: Twisted Elegance
1
0:42
 
Velvet Rope
2
4:55
 
You
3
4:42
 
Got 'Til It's Gone
4
4:01
 
Interlude: Speaker Phone
5
0:54
 
My Need
6
3:44
 
Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts
7
0:19
 
Go Deep
8
4:42
 
Free Xone
9
4:57
 
Interlude: Memory
10
0:04
 
Together Again
11
5:01
 
Interlude: Online
12
0:19
 
Empty
13
4:32
 
Interlude: Full
14
0:12
 
What About
15
4:24
 
Every Time
16
4:17
 
Tonight's the Night
17
5:07
 
I Get Lonely
18
5:17
 
Rope Burn
19
4:15
 
Anything
20
4:54
 
Interlude: Sad
21
0:10
 
Special
22
7:54