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Post Motown MJ Ranked

For some reason, this summer has been the summer of MJ. Listening to him, defending him, researching him and learning about him. I've picked up every studio album since '79 in some context and have ranked them. I expect an indifference of opinion.
1Michael Jackson
Dangerous


Something about this album seems like it was more emotionally created than some of it's predecessors. It's lyrics begin to dip into paranoia, and political issues which normally cause an artists downfall. But with fantastic production and engineering from start to finish, and even his catchiest song in my opinion (Black or White) this is my unanimous favorite. 5/5
2Michael Jackson
Bad


I consider Bad more of a complete album than Thriller was, Also his most hook laden release. This album was made to be a smash. But even the so called "filler tracks" like Just Good Friends and Liberian Girl create an impression on the listener. 4.5/5
3Michael Jackson
Thriller


Thriller while excellent in it's own right never leaves an emotional mark on the listener. It fails to make an impression. Where underrated jams like The Girl Is Mine and P.Y.T. kind of take the spotlight from the songs everyone knows. This could be just a result the now grating utter of "Billie Jean is not my loverrrrr" and maybe I need to take this album more seriously for the musical content rather than how many times I've heard the big three hits on this album. 4/5
4Michael Jackson
XSCAPE


I look at this album differently because it makes MJ seem pretty much timeless, the modern production and Jackson at the forefront of this experience makes you feel as if he recorded this from the grave. Even though they are unreleased tracks. Production here is excellent. 3.5/5
5Michael Jackson
Off The Wall


While one can't deny the different sound of this album compared to some of his later works, it works very well. The problem is that this sound was never truly defined, and that makes it less definitive in music history. 3.5/5
6Michael Jackson
Invincible


One of the most criticized albums of my lifetime. Also one of the best selling. Oddly. Invincible is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, but the MJ album thumpers make it out to better than what it is. Good pop, bad Michael Jackson. Heartbreaker, and Break of Dawn may be the only lasting songs from this one. 2.5/5
7Michael Jackson
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I


Undeniably the end of MJ's rule as the universal appealing entertainer, fresh off the child abuse scandal following dangerous promotion MJ wanted to fire back at everyone and everything he felt. The result is a somewhat rushed, complicated bag of songs that hardly make greatest hits lists. They Don't Care About Us, while initially controversial, gives you some insight on Jackson's lyrical genius, but Stranger in Moscow slowly removes that. 2/5
8Michael Jackson
Michael


Plain and simple, this should have been so much better. Using a dead guy as a platform for other artists is just a social no-no. (Right Orianthi? Where are you now?) Hold My Hand with Akon is an anthem of togetherness that strikes an initial cord with the listener, but the rest of this posthumous release fails to deliver up to that initial promise. 2/5
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