Bad

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The downside to a success like Thriller is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller -- take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper into hard dance -- essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not a rousing success, either. For one thing, the material just isn't as good. Look at the singles: only three can stand alongside album tracks from its predecessor ("Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"), another is simply OK ("Smooth Criminal"), with the other two showcasing Jackson at his worst (the saccharine "Man in the Mirror," the misogynistic "Dirty Diana"). Then, there are the album tracks themselves, something that virtually didn't exist on Thriller but bog down Bad not just because they're bad, but because they reveal that Jackson's state of the art is not hip. And they constitute a near-fatal dead spot on the record -- songs three through six, from "Speed Demon" to "Another Part of Me," a sequence that's utterly faceless, lacking memorable hooks and melodies, even when Stevie Wonder steps in for "Just Good Friends," relying on nothing but studiocraft. Part of the joy of Off the Wall and Thriller was that craft was enhanced with tremendous songs, performances, and fresh, vivacious beats. For this dreadful stretch, everything is mechanical, and while the album rebounds with songs that prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered with hooks and panache, it still makes Bad feel like an artifact of its time instead a piece of music that transcends it. And if that wasn't evident proof that Jackson was losing touch, consider this -- the best song on the album is "Leave Me Alone" (why are all of his best songs paranoid anthems?), a tune tacked on to the end of the CD and never released as a single, apart from a weirdly claustrophobic video that, not coincidentally, was the best video from the album. (The 2001 reissue adds three songs that had never been released in America ("Streetwalker," "Todo Mi Amore Eres Tu," and "Fly Away,") interviews with producer Quincy Jones, and a new booklet) ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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The downside to a success like Thriller is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller -- take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper into hard dance -- essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not a rousing success, either. For one thing, the material just isn't as good. Look at the singles: only three can stand alongside album tracks from its predecessor ("Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"), another is simply OK ("Smooth Criminal"), with the other two showcasing Jackson at his worst (the saccharine "Man in the Mirror," the misogynistic "Dirty Diana"). Then, there are the album tracks themselves, something that virtually didn't exist on Thriller but bog down Bad not just because they're bad, but because they reveal that Jackson's state of the art is not hip. And they constitute a near-fatal dead spot on the record -- songs three through six, from "Speed Demon" to "Another Part of Me," a sequence that's utterly faceless, lacking memorable hooks and melodies, even when Stevie Wonder steps in for "Just Good Friends," relying on nothing but studiocraft. Part of the joy of Off the Wall and Thriller was that craft was enhanced with tremendous songs, performances, and fresh, vivacious beats. For this dreadful stretch, everything is mechanical, and while the album rebounds with songs that prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered with hooks and panache, it still makes Bad feel like an artifact of its time instead a piece of music that transcends it. And if that wasn't evident proof that Jackson was losing touch, consider this -- the best song on the album is "Leave Me Alone" (why are all of his best songs paranoid anthems?), a tune tacked on to the end of the CD and never released as a single, apart from a weirdly claustrophobic video that, not coincidentally, was the best video from the album. (The 2001 reissue adds three songs that had never been released in America ("Streetwalker," "Todo Mi Amore Eres Tu," and "Fly Away,") interviews with producer Quincy Jones, and a new booklet) ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Artist: Michael Jackson
Guest Artist: test
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10/16/2001
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.6 x 4.9
UPC: 0007464660722
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1. Bad
2. Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends
6. Another Part Of Me
7. Man In The Mirror - Featuring Siedah Garrett The Winans And The Andrae Crouch Choir
8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Featuring Siedah Garrett
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone
12. (Untitled Track)
13. Streetwalker
14. (Untitled Track)
15. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You)
16. (Untitled Track)
17. Fly Away
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The Best of MJ
1/16/2011

Customer review by MichaelJacksonloverfan

5.0 stars 1/16/2011 by MichaelJacksonloverfan
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Michael has a great beat for his songs on this CD-this is great with the bonus on it-more MJ for the fans! Yea! :)

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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1/2/2011

Customer review by StefSkiLuv

4.0 stars 1/2/2011 by StefSkiLuv
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Bonus traCKS ARE A TREAT!

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7/24/2010

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3.0 stars 7/24/2010 by MsBAB
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Product was overall good. Product discription was not detailed enough. I could have purchased the item from the store which would have been exactly what I desired. Due to store payment options I preferred to purchase the item online. Please improve product discriptions!

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1/10/2012

Customer review by Ma5v3

5.0 stars 1/10/2012 by Ma5v3
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i bought this cd to replace a copy of bad that i had that was to scratched up and it was in the rollback section of the cds and it was only 7 bucks and it was worth it

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