^Since acknowledging her capabilities for sensuality on the album "Janet," Miss Jackson uses "The Velvet Rope" to explore her sexuality, including obsession, frustration and even coy allusions to sexual preference, layering her lyrics with fashionable trip-hop beats, overt sampling and trademark grooves. Elita Bradley (17 September 1998). "Ushering back Janet Jackson `Velvet Rope' singer due for another show; Pearl Jam also on tap". The Washington Times. p. M.2. 0732-8494.