Janet Jackson’s Janet proved authenticity can hold its own against artistry

Consider the era in which Janet Jackson’s seminal and sexy album Janet was released: In 1993 the No. 1 song in the country was Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and the No. 2 song was Tag Team’s “Whoomp! (There It Is).” This pairing perfectly represents the dichotomous soundscape of early ’90s R&B. At one end…