|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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.