Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, 1987, by Epic Records, nearly five years after Jackson's previous album, Thriller (1982). Written and recorded between January 1985 and July 1987, Bad was the third and final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, with Jackson co-producing and composing all but two tracks. Jackson notably adopted an edgy look and sound with Bad, departing from his signature groove-based style and high-pitched vocals. The album incorporates pop, rock, funk, R&B, dance, soul, and hard rock styles. Jackson also experimented with newer recording technology, including digital synthesizers and drum machines, resulting in a sleeker and more aggressive sound. Lyrical themes on the album include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, romance, self-improvement, and world peace. The album features appearances from Siedah Garrett and Stevie Wonder. One of the most anticipated albums of its time, Bad debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, selling over 2.25 million copies in its first week in the United States, and stayed atop for six consecutive weeks. It also reached number one in 24 other countries, including the United Kingdom, where it sold 350,000 copies in its first week and became the country's best-selling album of 1987. Nine songs from the album were released as official singles, and one as a promotional single. Seven charted in the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100, including a record-breaking five number ones: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana". The album was also promoted with the film, Moonwalker (1988), which included the music videos of songs from the album, including "Speed Demon", "Leave Me Alone", "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal". Subjected to widespread comparisons with Thriller by critics upon release, Jackson's vocal prowess and Bad's rich, more polished production were particularly praised. In retrospect, the album has been lauded by critics as a staple of 1980s pop music and an extension of Jackson's influence on 21st-century music. A blockbuster release, it was the best-selling album worldwide of 1987 and 1988. By 1991, it stood as the second best-selling album of all time, behind Thriller, having sold 25 million copies worldwide. The Bad tour, which was Jackson's first solo world tour, grossed $125 million (equivalent to more than $291 million in 2021), making it the highest-grossing solo concert tour of the 1980s. Jackson performed 123 concerts in 15 countries to an audience of 4.4 million. It was also Jackson's last tour where he performed on the mainland United States. With over 35 million copies sold worldwide, Bad is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 2021, it was certified 11× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States. The album has been named by several publications as one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and won Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical and Best Music Video (for "Leave Me Alone"). In 1988, Jackson received the first Billboard Spotlight Award, in recognition of the record-breaking chart success on the Billboard Hot 100. For his Bad videos and previous videos throughout the 1980s, Jackson received the MTV Video Vanguard Award. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the documentary film, Bad 25, and album, Bad 25, were released in 2012.Wikipedia
OK, here we go. Noncing Jackson's - Bad I'm not in the best place to listen to this. It's friday night and I'm usually balls deep in techno or jungle by this point... I'm familiar with the singles but don't think I've ever listened to this through. The title track sounds a lot like the Ghostbusters theme, which I didn't recall before. Nor the dreadful synth riffs about 2:45 in. Ahhh, the signature wooooos as well. Shamone motherfucker. eeeheeeeee The way you make me feel. God this sounds dated, what year is it? 1987. Pulp released their second album in 1987. Cocker and Jackson became the best of friends many years later. Speed Demon. I've never heard this before I don't think. Ffs I've just realised that this album is gonna destroy my "mainstream" stats for the week on last.fm. All these tracks sound very similar, think it's the bassline that is just about the same in all of them so far. Wooo ahhhhhhh Liberian Girl is fucking terrible. Though at least it sounds markedly different to the first three tracks. ooooohhhhh We're Just Good Friends, you're ignorant. eeehhhhheeeeee eh hu oh he eeeee. Jesus fucking wept. I thought I might enjoy this album. He's an all time great pop star, I expected it to be toe tapping at least. This is a total chore. OOoowwwwww. The tracks just don't go anywhere. It's really dull and repetitive. According to the review Plex pulls though, this is meant to be deeper into hard rock and hard dance. Really? REALLY? I dunno about the rock side but I clearly have a different definition of hard dance. Though this could definitely benefit of a fucking big donk on it. There was a great techno remix of Billie Jean that chugs away for 11 minutes by Bushwacka. I could listen to that on repeat over having this on. Another Part Of Me has come and gone. Man in the Mirror I remember hearing before. "This wind is blowing my mind"...... ok. Yeah I mean I can see how this one did ok. But really it's drivel. I've just remembered this is quoted in Lego batman "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change oooooo" KEY CHANGE. That key change is the highlight of the album so far. SHAMONE. At least this track doesn't end fading out too. I just want to lay next to you for a while You look so beautiful tonight Your eyes are so lovely Your mouth is so sweet A lot of people misunderstand me That's because they don't know me at all I just want to touch you And hold you I need you, God I need you I love you so much FUCK OFF!! I wanna put it out there, I fucking love Off The Wall. It's brilliant. This is hot garbage. Why is it on this list, what qualifies it over countless others? Cos he was massive? They could have swapped in a Toots and the Maytals album instead of this. No Toots but we get second rate Jacko. Who they rope in to do the guitar on Dirty Diana? This is probably my favourite so far. Maybe I've just been ground down and desperate to think I've not completely wasted this time. Weren't Duran Duran around at this time? At some point this has made me thing of View to a Kill. I don't know any other Duran Duran tracks other than that like. Smooth Criminal, this is a classic innit? I mean after some of the dross on this album I'm thirsty for something that isn't terrible. THe sound of school discos when I was 9 will have to do. The last track is fitting called Leave Me Alone. I could make more jibes, but really by this point I just want to be left alone. ooooOOOOOhhhhhhoooOOOOOO I've tried, I really have. I don't like it. It's not just it's music that doesn't interest me, it's music I don't like and I'm struggling to find pretty much any enjoyment out of. Joe Smooth's Promised Land came out in 1987. Brothers, sisters, one day we will be free. From fighting, violence, people crying in the streets. I'm not surprised people were crying in the streets when Jackson was number 1 in the album charts with this. 1/5
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.
what is the moral stance on listening to a bad persons' music and enjoying it? should we have separation of artist and art? I think the answer to this is: if the artist commits the crime in the here and now and you are aware of it you should stop supporting them as they will receive the benefits of your support but in this case a) michael jackson isn't receiving anything from my listens b) when he recorded this album hopefully he wasn't up to any nasty behaviour in answer to that - brilliant album - man in the mirror was the blowing in the wind of the 80s. Most of the songs to this day hold up very well and don't sound corny (minus i just cant stop loving you). some of the most iconic basslines
Obviously Micheal Jackson is an icon but after listening to this album I can see why and the impact he’s had on society. Great album
Incredible, era defining album. Music that everyone enjoys and knows the words to. The production is crisp and beautifully crafted, every synthetic sound is perfectly constructed. One or two duff tracks but only because of the direct comparison. Would happily go to 'the cancelled disco' to listen to this again. Favourite track: Man in the Mirror
225 albums, c'est ce qu'il aura fallu attendre avant qu'enfin, le jour de gloire arrive. Oui, les rumeurs sont vraies. Comme vous l'avez probablement entendu a la pause café de votre lieu de travail, ou encore au detour d'une conversation dans les transports en commun, j'ai enfin attribué la note de 5/5. Après des tonnes d'albums absolument moyens (Sinatra), absolument surcotés (Pink Floyd), absolument désastreux voir dangereux (Frank Zappa et son zoo de macaques), la lumière est venue de l'artiste ayant bercé mon enfance. En effet, alors que mon camarade d'écoute robtertiaire dû passer ses jeunes années à écouter exclusivement The Crusaders, j'ai pour ma part eu la chance d'être éduqué par les performances artistiques sensationnelles de Michael. A noter que rob n'a vraiment pas eu une enfance facile, puisque dû à cette Crusaders dépendance, robdû rentrer dans une classe spécialisée dans notre lycée (ndlr: CLIS), afin de remettre à niveau sa culture musicale. Merci Michael en tout cas
En écoutant cet album, j'ai revu tout mon onglet History défiler devant mes yeux : les Costello, les Morrissey, les albums punk, les Portishead, les Byrds, les Frank Zappa, les Goldfrapp... et je compris dès lors que tout ce chemin parcouru et ces heures sombres faisaient aujourd'hui sens. Vous savez d'ailleurs probablement que la chanson Liberian Girl tournait en boucle dans mon mp3 la semaine au terme de laquelle je me suis fait remercier de mon premier cabinet d'avocats (j'ai évoqué ce moment dans ma critique de l'album Are You Experienced de Jimi Hendrix, souvenez-vous). Je voulais revenir sur cet épisode que j'ai, certains s'en sont rendus compte, quelque peu enjolivé. En réalité, la rupture de mon contrat se fit en deux temps : un premier entretien avec l'une de mes deux tutrices (c'est précisément cet épisode que je narre à merveille dans ma critique de Hendrix) lors duquel celle-ci m'annonça que j'étais sur la sellette (et non directement viré comme j'ai pu l'écrire) et un deuxième entretien avec un autre avocat du cabinet une semaine plus tard (nous l'appellerons ici Saddam Hussein) lors duquel on m'annonça mon éviction. Ce jeudi-là, vers 15h30, j'entendis une voix provenant de l'étage inférieur m'annoncer que Saddam Hussein voulait me voir. Je descendis les escaliers muni de mon enceinte JBL et toquai à la porte de Saddam Hussein. « Saddam Hussein ! C'est moi, Robassembléeplénière. — Entre, Robassembléeplénière. » Je m'assis en face de lui et vis au même instant sur son bureau deux papiers similaires contenant un texte bref suivi d'un espace probablement prévu à l'effet d'une signature. « Qu'est-ce que cela peut bien vouloir dire, Saddam ? — Hmm... comment t'expliquer... je peux me connecter ? — Euh, oui tu peux. — C'est laquelle ? — JBL Flip 5. — D'accord. — C'est bon t'es connecté. — Monte le son et écoute bien. — Berk. — Tu reconnais ? — Bien sûr, c'est Rid of Me de PJ Harvey, ma chanson détestée par excellence. — Et tu comprends pourquoi je l'ai mise ? — Non, Saddam Hussein. — Réfléchis bien. — Quoi ?! Vous vous débarrassez de moi ?! » Je réunis mes affaires et partis du cabinet quelques minutes plus tard, sans me retourner.
*Not* bad. It's good. Very good.
Excited to see this pop up! fun listening to MJ outside the context of weddings speed demon = animusic vibes feel like the songs that are popular are popular for a reason. Not many of the other tracks are standing out that much to me. man in the mirror best track by far
This album... is bad. It just reeks of the sounds of its era. Only two good songs are Bad and Smooth Criminal. The added background of his child rape allegations stand out in the many songs about forbidden love and changing for the better. He’s a talented song writer, but this is where he began to fall out of relevancy.
yes hes a pedo which ruins this album. unfortunately tho the sounds and such are very fun. nvm just hit liberian girl. kill this fucking album
It’s Bad, really really Bad!
It's a classic
Конечно, повторить уровень Триллера было практически нереально, поэтому MJ этого и не сделал. Альбом, хоть и блещет энергией предшественника, но обладает меньшим пафосом и грандиозностью, ведь Король Поп-Музыки решил прогнуться под моду на синти-поп тех лет, что создало музыкальное полотно, синтезированное на 80-90%. Это открывает его по детскому наивному, но по зрелому техничному голоску новые исполнительские возможности, которыми он пользуется не с меньшей грацией и профессионализмом, чем на прошлых двух альбомах, а отмеченные ранее инструменталы по прежнему "взрывоопасны". Особенно хотелось бы выделить припев "Speed Demon", в котором бас звучит как мотор автомобиля при попытке его завести. Это звучит крайне неожиданно и, не постесняюсь сказать, вызвало у меня улыбку восхищения. Что особенно отличает этот альбом от Триллера, так это наличие в нем сразу двух баллад "Liberian Girl" и "Man In The Mirror". Первая окунает в холодную, в какой то степени восточную атмосферу, а вторая, наоборот, теплая и жизнерадостная. Идущие, соответственно, после "Speed Demon" и "Another Part Of Me" очень разряжают обстановку быстро сгорающего танцпола. В общей степени, альбом получился крайне энергичным и актуальным примером синти-попа, который, без преувеличений, можно ставить от начала до конца на домашних вечеринках, ведь все любят Джексона.
graceful rhythms and wonderful vocal, but album is "bad"
An album full of hits, one could think it's a Greatest Hits
Pretty sweet guitar riffs
Nice to listen to. It was some time ago I had listened to this album. Very nice was the part added for the 25th anniversary.
I’ve listened to this a million times.
What a cracker. Man in The Mirror has always been one of my top MJ tracks
My favourite MJ album. A pop masterpiece with more character than Thriller.
I was surprised by the number of songs on this album that I didn't know. I obviously like the ones I know and think those songs carry this album's place on the list.
Pura magia, el estilo inconfundible de Michael bien podría ser un género musical por sí mismo. Aunque muchos dirían que es musica pop, en este album se pueden percibir todos los generos musicales, rock, soul, blues, funk, dance, etc, etc! 10/10
Not much to say, legendary album
El rey del pop. 3 megahits.
His magnus opus that's for sure
Even better than the last one somehow?? Such bangers, I remember being 9 and absolutely rocking out to Man in the Mirror so points for nostalgia too
9. great but off the wall is better
Gran álbum, no se puede agregar más al nombré de Michael Jackson
This is a personal favorite🤩 Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana, Man in the Mirror always speak such truthful words. Mr Jackson had some disturbing issues but writing music, producing videos, choreography and entertaining so many for so long are not them. Well done 👍🏼
Not. Too. BAD! Amirite guys???? Looks like the Jackson 5's bandleader decided to step out and attempt a solo career. The childhood trauma really shines on this one. Better than the Beatles! CHA-MONE-AH! A+
Best album by a child molester!!
MJ is an absolute legend and an all time favorite! So many good songs on this album
Auf diesem Album sind so unfassbar viele Welthits drauf, auch wenn man sie überhört hat. Natürlich gehört das Album in diese Liste und wird noch viele weitere Generationen beeinflussen.
I love Liberian Girl and Dirty Diana. These totally weird narratives about fake personas are just like amazing time capsules to me. All the other songs are obvious bangers but these two songs about random fictional women are awesome.
Beim Moonwalk wieder in die Vitrine gerasselt - der König des Pop. Muss man mehr sagen? Rundes Album, fast keine Füller, fettenst produziert.
An absolute pop classic. Best track: The Way You Make Me Feel
It was nice to take a break from my self imposed Michael ban and revisit this old friend. Some thoughts... Bad- I always used to pretend I was the bookish nerd version of Michael as seen at the start of the Scorsese directed music video whenever I returned home from University on the train. The songs are so strange and unlike anything else in pop, Michael seemed to mainline into American culture for a decade and his albums of the eighties are the highly polished exponents of this. Liberian girl-this is perhaps the strangest of the album and I remember the music video being of the same ilk; Steve Spielberg slowly spinning around in his directors chair with a facial expression that conveyed his general confusion as to what emotion he needed to be portraying, as Macauley Culkin fucked about on the lighting rigging and Eddie Murphy pretended to be a pharaoh. I notice this in quite a lot of MJ movie style music videos; a tentativeness to everyone's actions as if the purpose of the script is not quite scratching the surface of the emotion that is awakened when they listen to the music. I may have misremembered this music video so please ignore all this if that's the case. Smooth Criminal is probably my favourite track although Dirty Diana is a close 2nd. The extra tracks on this 25th anniversary version are nice (I'm so blue being my favourite) but easy to see why they didn't make the cut.
ну это король хули еще сказать
До прослушивания был настроен поставить 5 как одному из самых громких альбомов 80-ых от исполнителя, которого я в целом уважаю. Потом наткнулся на какой-то проходняк вроде The Way You Make Me Feel и Speed Demon, из-за чего уверенность попропала. Но ведь альбом немалый, окромя них ещё 9 треков есть. И они годные. Имеются вообще балдёжные хиты а-ля Bad, Liberian Girl и Smooth Criminal, потрясающий кавер на Сосагана. Всё же в перерывах между игрой в салочки днём и сосалочки ночью мог Майкл музло писать. Возможно, даже своим трудом задавать суть времени. Суть, возможно, последней эпохи, от которой веяло оптимизмом, ещё не погрязшей в декадансе, расколе и лицемерии. Где-то выше жаловался на своё неприятие праздности, но в этом альбоме веет скорее праздничностью, что в моём представлении - другое. Праздничность - энергичная и мотивирующая, а не расслабленная и ленивая. Посему всё же нахожу для себя основания ёбнуть пятёру.
idk why the album cover says its bad, it actually really good!!! ладн, на самом деле на мой взгляд это лучшая пластинка Джексона, уж никак не Триллер (на этой куда меньше филлеров, на самом деле раздражает только I just can't stop loving you + слишком уж пластиковый звук некоторых инструментов, например баса в спид демоне). Но когда переслушивал пришла такая мысль: почему в каждом из своих love-jams Джексон звучит так, будто ему абсолютно похуй на этих баб, про которых он поёт? Ну типа я даже не могу представить, чтобы хоть какая-то типша потекла от Way you make me feel или прочих фанковых завываний поп-короля. Почему у него так хорошо получаются песни про то, что он BAD, DEMON и хочет BEAT IT (сложный мем), но при этом когда начинаются любовные баллады — Майкл звучит как ребёнок, который выучил слова, но не совсем до конца их понимает и просто джемует под сочные битки. кажется, определённые выводы можно было сделать ещё в то время... 5/5
Already have this album in my library. Fantastic! Obviously, a classic!
Loved it! Can't believe I haven't listened to the whole thing. I like it more than Thriller.
Classic MJ album. I can only imagine hearing this for the first time back in 87'. Thriller is like Michael Jordan in the 80s. Fresh, new, iconic. You knew this dude was it. Bad is like MJ in the 90s. The GOAT winning championships and proving why he's in the GOAT conversation.
No notes needed
Amazing. Perfect Pop record. Imagine yourself driving through a latino country with Coconut trees surrounding you in the afternoon. With a beach party later at night.
This is an incredible album. Every song either is or could have been a hit. And with good reason too. I don't think I paid as much attention to this album when it came out because the previous albums were "Thriller" and "Off the Wall" and how do you top those? Answer is you probably don't but this is still a top tier album.
Okay this album rips
"Bad" is a good song. Really, really good. A worthy successor to "Beat It." Oh, I just compared it to the Thriller album. So hard not to. Sorry, Michael. I love the brass, the percussion, the keyboards, the backup singing, and of course, the iconic bassline. All not to mention the one and only MJ's vocals. But this is yet another album that I had never listened to as such. So here we go. I've always loved loved the way "The Way You Make Me Feel" makes me feel. "Speed Demon" is a new one. Fun. "Liberian Girl": smooth eighties. "Just Good Friends": You think a duo with Stevie Wonder would be better... "Another Part of Me": Fine. And then we're back to hit territory. Sincere and heartfelt "Man in the Mirror" and the absolutely perfect love duet, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." How can you not want to dance with your love to this with fog on the floor and a wind machine in your hair? Then we have the growly rock tribute to evil seductress "Dirty Diana" (she likes the boys in the bands, and is, apparently, irresistible to any man, so, yeah, it's her fault), and then we go from temptress to an irresistibly catchy song about the battered female victim of a "Smooth Criminal." This one has always bothered me since I listened to the words. Would "You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a smooth criminal," be the first words to a bleeding and dying woman after "Are you okay?" "Smooth?" really? And then we DANCE, cuz this song is smokin' hot! But did she survive? You said it was her doom, so did the mouth to mouth resuscitation not work? I have lots of questions. I think if it had different lyrics, however, it would be a near-perfect electric jam. And then we finish with "Leave Me Alone" which I haven't heard in years but immediately brings to mind the amazing video, which I had to watch again. I'm going to leave those to speak for themselves. Some pretty amazing things on this album, which after some doubt, I think was indeed a worthy followup to Thriller and strongly brought the MJ sound to the late 80s and vice versa.
Can't say anything bad about Bad, it's polished 80s sunshine and doesn't get much better. Relistened to the two non-single tracks and they could have been singles too. Feels churlish to give this anything less than top marks.
A timeless gem
Ooh she bad!! This is a great album, once you’ve shook loss the memories of hearing allegations about MJ
Is it uncool to say that this is my favourite Michael Jackson album? It's just so funky, with even ballads like The Way You Make Me Feel sitting on massive grooves. I guess songs like Liberian Girl is pretty generic, but it has perhaps one of the strongest ending of an album I can think off, with all the tracks from Main in the Mirror to Leave me Alone hitting like freight trains.
Never heard the full album before, but it is a pop masterpiece. Highly recommended even for rock fans!
Was soll man sagen… echter MJ
Amazing not as great as thriller but a solid album all the way through. Somebody on the sound engineering team learned with gating was
Excellent, loads of great tracks.
Ive listened to it before, classic. Dirty Diana is fav track
i've never listened to an mj album all the way thru but wow! very fluid album and enjoyed the songs...liberian girl is luvly!
Dit is een van de baanbrekende albums, die popmuziek zijn handtekening heeft gegeven. The best artist of all times!! Favorieten? Nou, het komt niet vaak voor dat ik alle liedjes op een album leuk vind. Dit album heeft gewoon alleen maar hits! Wat moet je daar nog op zeggen?! *****
One of the best albums of all time. Most of the songs are well known and still hold up to the test of time. All time classic.
It's a Michael Jackson album. And not just ANY MJ album. Bad. Bad is fucking good, to no one's surprise. Fave track is the title track of course. I admittedly have never been the world's biggest fan of Michael Jackson's music (personally not my thing) but the quality of the tracks is undeniable. There's not a single skip on this album, and that's extremely hard to pull off.
There are some good tracks on here for sure. Not sure if I have much love for Jackson's lesser-known songs as much as the hits like "Bad" and "Man in the Mirror". I had never heard "Speed Demon" before and it's kind of a corny song, but that little bass (or synth?) run is awesome. "Smooth Criminal" is a great little boost towards the end. Strong start, strong finish.
Classic pop album. Pop is *not* my thing, but you just can't help but enjoy this album end to end. A-
banger and a half. listened to this after listening to the worst album i've ever heard. good choice.
Just about every song on the album was a hit...so, it is a very familiar album. I actually got to go see him in Rotterdam when this album was out. I think Dirty Diana was popular at the time of the concert. It was an amazing concert am I am really glad that I got to see him. Best songs: Bad, Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, The Way you Make Me Feel, Another Part of Me, I Just Can't Stop Lovin' You, Leave Me Alone, Liberian Girl, Speed Demon. Then there is: Just Good Friends... When I heard it today, I totally don't remember ever hearing it before. And I've heard this album so many times over the years. 4.9/5
All time classic
Most people wouldn't be able to adequately follow up an album like Thriller. But Michael Jackson could.
Es un álbum impresionante, cuando crees que talvez es repetitivo pum, te cambia de perspectiva toral, recomiendo dirty diana, un temazo
just good friendsssss
This is the first album I've not listened to. Why? Well, I know it inside out, too right I had it as a little kiddo in late 80's UK. Goddamn, this was so important to the era back then, and I'm not re-appraising it now.
Bought this on tape when it first came out - forgot how long the album is. On reflection some nice random slow tunes thrown in there sandwiched in between the well known ones
The king of pop strikes again with a flawless combination of funk, rock, disco, adult contemporary, and many other genres (calypso, gospel, etc). It's a proper followup to Thriller, with songs following the formula hit on overdrive. The whole album is full of hits, whether a ballad or dance track, so it only reasons that 9 of the 11 songs became singles. The production is one of the best of the 80s. I'm a huge fan of the innovative synths and drum machines. There are themes like the atmospheric exotic jungle synths of "Liberian Girl" and the highway racing of "Speed Demon," but it's the best on the rock tracks "Bad" and "Smooth Criminal." My only two complaints are that (1) some tracks don't resolve very well, leaving you hanging, (2) the two middle tracks "Just Good Friends" and "Another Part of Me" while not bad (carried by the cool synths and MJ's performance) are nothing more than outtakes and ruin the momentum. I'm also not a fan of ballads, but I admit "Man in the Mirror" and "I Just Can't..." are soulful ballads that beat anything in the genre. Last 3 tracks are my favorite.
As far as a pop album goes, this has to be unbeatable, every song was a single!
Classic. Even the songs I hadn't heard that much were really good. It's hard to follow up the most succesful album in history, but he did pretty fucking well, Bad sure doesen't feel like a letdown. 4 or 5 Eh 5, it's still legendary
I love MJ and I love this album. I think that "Thriller" is his best but this is probably #2 or #3. The hits on this are just too good: "Bad" "The Way You Make Me Feel" (maybe secretly my favorite MJ song) "Man in the Mirror" "Smooth Criminal"
prob his best album. endless hits. michael jackson walked so santana lopez could run.
Absolutely fantastic! Best album ever and a masterpiece!
Excelentes pads. Es un sonido muy particular el de Michael Jackson sus productores se encargaron de hacer un sello son su música y se siente claro.
I grew up listening to this album and 30+ years on, still listen to it on the regular. This is one of those albums where if I hear one song, I feel compelled to listen to the entire album. I don't even need the music to be playing for me to get Speed Demon, Dirty Diana, Man in the Mirror, or Smooth Criminal stuck in my head. Even as an impressionable 7 year old when this album was released, this was one of the first cassettes that I "wore out" (tape snapped) in a Walkman from the non-stop playing. To this day, the only song I _might_ skip is Liberian Girl only because I need to be in the mood for a slower song.
classic after classic, what an icon. Nothing does it quite like 'the way you make me feel', and shout out to 'Liberian girl'. Also great walking to work tracks, watch out a316 x
Bad, Dirty Diana. Smooth Criminal. Man in the mirror. The way you make me feel. 5/5
Third favorite Jackson album, a lot of great phrases, great lyrics. Man in the Mirror is still one of my favorite songs by him
Huh. I remember asking where all the Beatles albums were a few months back but didn't ask about the King of Pop. Maybe I was trying to forget him? Of all the famous artists whose legacies have been soured by accusations or revelations of terrible behavior, I struggle the most with Michael Jackson. Because he was that good; truly one of a kind. So forget the human being, I'm just rating the album. And it is a beauty. I wore out the record of Thriller, but this was almost as good a follow-up. It is nearly impossible not to rock out to Bad, The Way You Make me Feel, Dirty Diana, or Smooth Criminal. I was also a big fan of Leave Me Alone (I rock out to it). And Man in the Mirror is such a beautiful song - he was really such an inspiration and symbol of hope and goodness. That is why his molestation \"issues\" are so difficult to reconcile. I'd like to think he was crying out for help and that there really was a lot of good in him even though he was (and knew he was) tortured and twisted inside. As a musician, he was still at the top of his game. There are just so many big tunes on this album, which far outweigh a few so-so ones (Speed Demon, Liberian Girl). If it makes me Bad to overlook his personal badness and give this album a 5, fine, I accept that judgment.
Classic - grew up with this one.
I don't need to listen to this one, one of my all time favourite. I used to listen to this as a child so I just love it.
literal king of pop
He may enjoy fingering little boys bumholes, but if you can separate the art from the the artist, this is an all time classic
An objectively judged, art separated from artist 5
Hard not to give this 5 stars
Redeemed with a load of bangers on the back end of the album. Not a patch on thriller... but still great!
like Jacko is just the king of 80s pop and Bad is just fuckn fantastic 4/5 just cause 1 or 2 of them are wimpy numbers
Contains some of my fav MJ songs
King of pop takes a miss step on this one. Some killer songs for sure but the middle of the album is undeniably filler.
It seems like common consensus is that this is right on par with Thriller, but IMO it doesn't touch that earlier record. It's still good, but there are a few more head scratchers here than on Thriller. Still really good though.
8.5/10 There's a reason MJ is one of the goats standouts: bad, the way you make me feel, man in the mirror, smooth criminal
Remastered version? Danceable. The drums are super tight and everything on the high end is really well mixed and produced. Doesn't feel ground breaking but considering its age it's aged well.
another classic. Man in the mirror is a great song.
What's a pederast, Walter?
King of pop
Not a bad album, but it's not Thriller.
So many hits on 1 album it's crazy.
Might be my first 5 star skipping over 4s Solidly like every song but ultimately not quite 5 would give 4.5 tho
Very excited when this came up, this is the MJ era of my childhood, remember the videos on MTV. The singles alone are 5* - man in the mirror; smooth criminal, bad, the way you make me feel, leave me alone; but actually theres a fair bit of filler tunes on here too.
Don't let the title fool you, this is a good album. It holds the record (tied by Katy Perry) for most number-one singles. We all know and love tracks like "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal," but some of the deeper album cuts are pretty fantastic too. "Liberian Girl" is really cool, and the frenetic bassline on "Speed Demon" caught me so off-guard. Surely that was Thundercat as a baby? My one issue here is that, lyrically, many of these songs remind me that Mike was in all likelihood a child molester. Was this a coy way for him to "admit" that he's a bad guy? Who knows. The notion of separating the art from the artist is impossible when the creep found not guilty of noncery sings "you've been struck by a smooth criminal." Dammit, the music is great though. Favorite tracks: Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, Bad, Speed Demon. Album art: Very simple, but definitely iconic. Great juxtaposition by putting a guy as dainty and feminine as late-'80s MJ in a tough guy leather jacket. The graffiti font for the title is also funny, it's gotta be the most sterile representation of street art ever imagined. 4/5
This was alot better than I thought, quite liked it
I feel bad that I like this album this much
I enjoyed that and it has been a long time since I listened to an MJ album. Quality from front to back with enough variety to keep you interested and moving the whole time. Dirty Diana is the standout for me. Love the guitar, it’s nearly rock’n’roll.
Bueno de cabo a rabo. Empezando por la desgarradora Bad y casi acabado con el frenético Smooth Criminal. Si no existiera el gran Thriller quizá sería el disco más vendido de la historia. Mención especial a canciones como The Way you make me fell o el dúo de canciones espectacular Man in the mirrow / I just cant stop loving you. Un 4,5 sobre 5 toda una maravilla.
This album stands as a turning point for MJ. There are some songs that smashed through to drive popular culture, there are others that were overlooked in part because of the growing concern for his personal behavior, but most troubling, there are songs -- "Speed Demon" "Liberian Girl" and "Just Good Friends" (in a row!) that are just terrible. Add "I just cannot stop loving you" from the 2nd side to that list. But whatever you think about MJ as a person, "Man in the Mirror," "Leave Me Alone," "Smooth Criminal," "Dirty Diana," "Just Another Part of Me" and "The Way you Make Me Feel" are stellar. "Bad" was huge but ridiculed as well, even on "60 Minutes" by Andy Rooney. This is NOT a classic.
Great - better than expected
Now that I have listened to this and Off the Wall, I can't decide which I like better. OtW I was able to listen to all the way through where as this album had some skippers, but I think this album has more songs I like overall. Bad, the Way you make me feel, man in the mirror, smooth criminal, and leave me alone were my favs. While many would say this album was MJ admitting he was in fact, bad, and it almost looks like this was when he started trying to turn his skin more white. If we are talking album covers, OTW wins all day compared to this one.
Pretty good, I really liked Just Good Friends which I hadn't heard before, and I was impressed by the Spanish and French versions of I Just Can't Stop Loving You. Some of the more recent collaborations and remixes were a little silly but they were at least interesting. Didn't love some like Liberian Girl but overall I liked it.
Not the biggest fan of Michael Jackson, but he really is too hard on himself. He isn't really really bad.
Felt like a "Greatest Hits"
Really liked this album…. Always think I’m getting my moneys worth when there are more Really good songs on the album instead of just one hit…
Da haben wir wieder das Künstler / Werk-Problem. Das Album ist immer noch toll.
Some absolute pop music classics! Hard to pick standout tracks, but for me it's Dirty Diana & I Just Can't Stop Loving You. The album still sounds like nothing else. Imagine being a teenager in 1987 when this dropped! So, the original Bad album is a 5* classic. However, add Pitbull to the mix and unfortunately you lose a star. These added "Special Edition" remixes are massively un called for. As for the unreleased tracks the stand out for me is Al Capone but again none of these add anything to the original 11 tracks.
Favourite Songs: Dirty Diana & Man in the Mirror
A top notch album, one of Michael's best. Full of hits!
didn’t really do it for me but still made well
Some bangers on here but as a complete album it’s ok. There’s some misses I’d just skip by. Just Good Friends was a song I didn’t know and liked. 3.5 stars.
Good to dance along to loads of well known songs, sounds really 80s but dead easy to listen to.
Very catchy. Incredible vocal range by Michael
Jag startar albumet när jag kliver ut genom dörren och är påväg till affären. Jag möter några personer och tänker genast att dom tittar på mig med förakt och tycker att jag är en dålig människa. "Lyssnar du på Michael Jackson? Vet du inte vad han gjorde?". Jag fortsätter gå och tänker förbereder mig till att kunna försvara mig genom att säga "Men det var generatorn som gav mig detta album idag" och tänker att jag garanterat skulle få reaktionen av en fnysning och en marsch i en annan riktning. Jag tänker att personen i kassan kommer vara otrevlig mot mig. Jag tänker att det är tråkigt att det är såhär. Men låt mig separera verket från detta och kommentera musiken. Jag skulle ljuga för mig själv om jag sade att jag inte tycker om den här skivan. Särskilt andra halvan av albumet är fylld med låtar som ger mig minnen från barndomen. Jag får tydliga bilder från bilresor med familjen när vi är påväg till farmor och farfar och jag sitter i baksätet med min mp4-spelare som jag fått av min pappa. Det framkallar varma minnen. Bäst: "Leave me alone"
The problem with using the latest technology for music is that you risk it sounding very dated in the future. This album has not aged well in terms of technology. Eight of the 11 tracks from this album were released as singles (Nine if you count the UK release of Liberian Girl, but please don't). The album could be re-released with those singles only and only improve the album. Speed Demon, Liberian Girl and Just Good Friends detract from the album which suffers from the production values of the period.
Een paar hits op dit album, de rest is inderdaad wat minder memorabel. Maar af en toe meezingen en meebewegen is wel gebeurd
I was halfway through when I looked at the track list and said "oh my god, he still has like 3 more smash hits on here!" Another monster album from MJ, not quite as timeless as Thriller, but just as many classic hooks.
*Covering Alien Ant Farm's "Smooth Criminal" is a hell of a good choice; even if he doesn't quite make it his own *Flops: Liberian Girls, I Just Can't Stop Loving You *Bops: Every other song *It's a pretty dang good pop album. *Even though it sounds of it's time thanks to the drum machines, I'd still revisit when in the mood for some 80s dance party bangers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
82. George caminha confiante pela avenida. As bandeiras ganham vida com os braços suados da multidão, não há vento que os sacuda. É um ruído diferente, este que o recebe. Os longos relvados da Europa são miragem neste seco oásis de poder e pedra. Respira-se esperança no futuro. Bom trabalho, George. Lembra-te quem são os teus inimigos. MotA: Man in the Mirror "Your butt is mine"
Great album by the king of pop…I remember being disappointed with it when it came out
My parents saw MJ on this tour and I remember they brought me a copy of the glossy program as a souvenir. I used to look at that and listen to this record. It's very nostalgic for me. This record also has my favorite MJ single: "Man in the Mirror" which played on the radio during my afternoon commute through the east side of Detroit on the day he died. People were in the streets visibly upset by the news. It was an interesting experience. Highlights: Man in the Mirror; Weird Al's "Fat"; The dancing skills.
Really solid album. Michael Jackson makes pop hits. This album has plenty. It does falter a little and doesn’t round out as well as thriller but it still has great songs. 7.9/10
4/5 - On the MJ scale, it's great, but not the best
A great follow up to the phenomenon that was Thriller. It provides a more introspective theme and took a more grounded approach in terms of production, in my opinion, even with the focus on more digital sounds. The synth tones makes this sound like a truer, albeit a little cornier, 80's record, but it's still stacked with hits that transcended beyond the decade. It's incredibly hard to believe that MJ was able to dominate the 80's and the transformation of pop music with only two albums. Regardless of your opinion of him, Thriller put MJ on the docket and Bad sealed his legacy as an all-time great. Favorite Songs: The Way You Make Me Feel. Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal Least Favorite: Liberian Girl
I may like this one better than Thriller.
i love this album. obviously it’s not his best (thriller, in my opinion) but i love these songs and they’re fun and iconic.
I’m not that big of a pop music fan, but Michael Jackson is just great. I was going to rate this album a 3 just because, compared to the higher rated Thriller, I needed to offset this album. It just isn’t as good and has a few stinkers like Speed Demon. However, this album has one of my favorite songs of all time: Man in the Mirror. So I got to give it love.
It should be pointing to this album https://open.spotify.com/album/3Us57CjssWnHjTUIXBuIeH?si=BJ-Q9Iv_QDOmJABqU8xzRg - No versions of "I just can't stop loving you" in other languages - No fucking Pitbull - No remixes
4/5, aged well. smooth.
All time classics on this album but some of the other stuff is too sappy for me to give it a 5. Will relisten again tho.
This was my favourite album when I was 8. I still think it's better than Thriller, plus it's when he started saying "Chamone" all the time
So many good songs on this album. Man in the Mirror shows his maturity as an artist. Bad and Smooth Criminal are just fun, plain and simple.
fun but listening to michael jackson is creep city
Classic MJ. Smooth, catchy, boppin' jams.
There are a decent number of hits on this album
Gotta give it 4, just to make it clear that Thriller is even better.
Great album of a great artist.
не ну не фанат джексона ваще, но он есть да, его нельзя не брать в расчёт
Un bon album pop qui secoute tres bien. Smooth criminal et bad etant de superclassique. 4.25. La realisation que quincy jones est vraiment a point aussi.
Best Song: Man in the Mirror. Perfect merge between pop and gospel. Worst Song: I Just Can't Stop Loving You. The last thing this album needs is a slow ballad in the middle to absolutely kill the vibe. Overall: The hits are fucking Hits, but the middling tracks are just okay. Can't believe anyone ever thought "hee-hee" was an acceptable musical adlib.
Every single track is a bop, but drops a star cos he fiddles.
31st December 2021 Listened mainly in the car on the way to and from Costco buying supplies for NYE! Meg, adna and Joe round. Controversial listen for obvious reasons but the second half of the album just reels out the big guns.
Classic pop album is called a classic for a reason, it’s catchy as fuck.
It's a classic for sure. I basically knew all the songs on the album.
Hi- Speed Demon, Another Part of Me Lo- Librarian Girl One of my very favorite things about MJ's albums are how incredibly crisp and clean they sound, even if the music isn't your taste (which would be just weird, because Michael was truly a musical perfectionist) his ability to compose melodies, write catchy hooks, and fuse pop, gospel, rock, jazz, and blues is tough to match.
Much better than I was expecting after 'Off The Wall' recently. I enjoyed every track except 'Speed Demon'. You can definitely see his impact on modern pop. Sometimes the drum reverb is too much, but hey, it was the 80s. 'The Way You Make Me Feel' is my top pick, and my fave Michael Jackson song.
This has always been my favorite michael jackson record, but on relisten.......man did it always sound this plastic? The sega mega drive/genesis comparissons aren't even exaggerations. On the other hand - i love the genesis sound chip. It has forgettable songs, but it's still got MJs highs peaks. Pretty torn on this. But I think the decade defining bangers make me overlook few filler tracks the dated production - which lets be fair sounds dated becauzse this album WAS the culmination of 80s pop music. This is as 80's as it gets, for good and bad.
Niet zo goed als Thriller, maar minstens zo legendarisch!
This was way better than I thought. Chocka block with good tracks
- Clássico! - Bad e Smooth Criminal ofusca o resto
grew up with this album in the house. it was catchy. it was big. MJ was the biggest pop star in the entire world. firet artist I saw videos of fans passing out at his concerts and having to be carried off on stretchers. just seeing him live. that will never happen again with social media
Great album. Couple of weaker tracks but otherwise pop perfection. And has lasted really well too!
its actually kinda good
Great album. Just not as great as its predecessor or follow up.
Not much to say. It's Michael. Dude had talent.
A couple of duds, but overall a very good album. The production is very clearly '80s, but it sounded pretty solid to me. Note: I am somewhat ambivalent towards Michael Jackson but have been on both ends of the spectrum.
Hi- Speed Demon, Another Part of Me Lo- Librarian Girl One of my very favorite things about MJ's albums are how incredibly crisp and clean they sound, even if the music isn't your taste (which would be just weird, because Michael was truly a musical perfectionist) his ability to compose melodies, write catchy hooks, and fuse pop, gospel, rock, jazz, and blues is tough to match.