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Bad

Michael Jackson

1987

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Bad

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3.79

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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

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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.

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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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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

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5

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.

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4

*Not* bad. It's good. Very good.

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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

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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.

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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

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5

classic!!!

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It's a classic

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5

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.

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graceful rhythms and wonderful vocal, but album is "bad"

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An album full of hits, one could think it's a Greatest Hits

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Classic

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Pretty sweet guitar riffs

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5

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.

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Great

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I’ve listened to this a million times.

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5

What a cracker. Man in The Mirror has always been one of my top MJ tracks

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Yani, obviously

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Really good

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5

My favourite MJ album. A pop masterpiece with more character than Thriller.

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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.

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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

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Not much to say, legendary album

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Masterpiece.

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5

El rey del pop. 3 megahits.

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His magnus opus that's for sure

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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

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9. great but off the wall is better

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Gran álbum, no se puede agregar más al nombré de Michael Jackson

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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 👍🏼

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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+

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Best album by a child molester!!

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MJ is an absolute legend and an all time favorite! So many good songs on this album

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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.

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5

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.

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Beim Moonwalk wieder in die Vitrine gerasselt - der König des Pop. Muss man mehr sagen? Rundes Album, fast keine Füller, fettenst produziert.

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An absolute pop classic. Best track: The Way You Make Me Feel

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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.

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ну это король хули еще сказать

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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.

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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

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5

Already have this album in my library. Fantastic! Obviously, a classic!

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5

Definite classic

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5

Loved it! Can't believe I haven't listened to the whole thing. I like it more than Thriller.

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Michael

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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.

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5

No notes needed

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5

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.

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Obviously

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5

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.

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5

Okay this album rips

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"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.

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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.

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5

A timeless gem

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5

Ooh she bad!! This is a great album, once you’ve shook loss the memories of hearing allegations about MJ

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5

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.

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5

Never heard the full album before, but it is a pop masterpiece. Highly recommended even for rock fans!

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5

Was soll man sagen… echter MJ

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5

Amazing not as great as thriller but a solid album all the way through. Somebody on the sound engineering team learned with gating was

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Easy 5.

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5

Outstanding Michael!

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Bad man

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5

Excellent, loads of great tracks.

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Iconic

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Ive listened to it before, classic. Dirty Diana is fav track

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Good

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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!

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5

Clássico.

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Não gostei

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5

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?! *****

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

Classic iconic

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Muah

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5

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.

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5

Good

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Classic pop album. Pop is *not* my thing, but you just can't help but enjoy this album end to end. A-

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5

banger and a half. listened to this after listening to the worst album i've ever heard. good choice.

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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

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5

All time classic

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Clássico

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5

Most people wouldn't be able to adequately follow up an album like Thriller. But Michael Jackson could.

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5

Bad.

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Es un álbum impresionante, cuando crees que talvez es repetitivo pum, te cambia de perspectiva toral, recomiendo dirty diana, un temazo

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Redeemed with a load of bangers on the back end of the album. Not a patch on thriller... but still great!

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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

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4

Contains some of my fav MJ songs

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4

King of pop takes a miss step on this one. Some killer songs for sure but the middle of the album is undeniably filler.

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rusbé

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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.

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4.5

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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

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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.

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another classic. Man in the mirror is a great song.

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bangers

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What's a pederast, Walter?

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King of pop

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4

Not a bad album, but it's not Thriller.

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So many hits on 1 album it's crazy.

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Might be my first 5 star skipping over 4s Solidly like every song but ultimately not quite 5 would give 4.5 tho

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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.

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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

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This was alot better than I thought, quite liked it

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false

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I feel bad that I like this album this much

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Great - better than expected

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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.

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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.

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Not the biggest fan of Michael Jackson, but he really is too hard on himself. He isn't really really bad.

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Felt like a "Greatest Hits"

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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…

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Da haben wir wieder das Künstler / Werk-Problem. Das Album ist immer noch toll.

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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.

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Favourite Songs: Dirty Diana & Man in the Mirror

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A top notch album, one of Michael's best. Full of hits!

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didn’t really do it for me but still made well

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Classic album

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slaps

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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.

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Good to dance along to loads of well known songs, sounds really 80s but dead easy to listen to.

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Very catchy. Incredible vocal range by Michael

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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"

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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.

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Een paar hits op dit album, de rest is inderdaad wat minder memorabel. Maar af en toe meezingen en meebewegen is wel gebeurd

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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.

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*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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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"

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Great album by the king of pop…I remember being disappointed with it when it came out

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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.

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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

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4/5 - On the MJ scale, it's great, but not the best

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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

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I may like this one better than Thriller.

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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.

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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.

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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

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4/5, aged well. smooth.

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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.

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tunes

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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

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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.

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fun but listening to michael jackson is creep city

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Classic MJ. Smooth, catchy, boppin' jams.

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There are a decent number of hits on this album

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Gotta give it 4, just to make it clear that Thriller is even better.

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Great album of a great artist.

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не ну не фанат джексона ваще, но он есть да, его нельзя не брать в расчёт

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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.

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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.

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Every single track is a bop, but drops a star cos he fiddles.

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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.

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Classic pop album is called a classic for a reason, it’s catchy as fuck.

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It's a classic for sure. I basically knew all the songs on the album.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Niet zo goed als Thriller, maar minstens zo legendarisch!

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This was way better than I thought. Chocka block with good tracks

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- Clássico! - Bad e Smooth Criminal ofusca o resto

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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

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Great album. Couple of weaker tracks but otherwise pop perfection. And has lasted really well too!

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its actually kinda good

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Not Bad.

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Great album. Just not as great as its predecessor or follow up.

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Banging tunes

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Not much to say. It's Michael. Dude had talent.

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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.

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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.

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I remember liking this a lot more than I ended up. I thought before listening that this was an instant 5, but there are 3 or 4 songs in the middle that I just didn't remember that they're just meh. But the singles are such bangers, and the fact that this was one of the first albums I considered "mine" when I was a kid, still has a soft space in my heart!

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Listened Before? Y Awww yeah! MJ at his peak! Pros: An all-time classic. The songs, the image, and the (unseen here) dancing are tip-top. Cons: The non-hits aren't amazing, but the hits are just over the top good so it can be overlooked. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Man in the Mirror, Smooth Criminal

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Problematic probably but smooth criminal hits

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Genre: Dance-Pop 4/5 Fresh off of back-to-back triumphs with Off the Wall and Thriller, Michael Jackson truly could do no wrong, as Bad did things no other album had ever done before. Five #1's alone from this album was a record at the time. The title track, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, and Smooth Criminal are all here, and are all staples of not just MJ's catalogue, but pop radio, even to this day. And they're all total jams. While this project personally doesn't tickle me as much as his first two solo efforts do, partially due to some slim pickings in between the hits (Speed Demon and the Stevie Wonder cut to name the main offenders), this is still an iconic release with some truly iconic tracks, and is an essential listen for any music fan. There's nobody in music who did it quite like Michael, and this is just another example of the absolute power he was once wielding in the industry.

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Have heard most of these songs before. If released today they would still be hits.

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Alien Ant Farm did it better. Decent pop album, you pretty much know what you're getting here and it's stuffed with some major hits.

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De niño no era fan de MJ así que escuchar un disco completo de él realmente fue un descubrimiento. La mitad del disco me gustó bastante y la otra mitad no me estorba. Mención honorífica a Man in the Mirror. 3.5 que sube a 4.

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Pretty good! I think the biggest problem was that a lot of the songs were too long. Shave a little off the end of a lot of the songs and it'd be a bit tighter. I'm not sure I like this as much as Thriller, or maybe even Off the Wall, but it's not bad at all. I'd give it 4.5 if I could. Also, "Leave Me Alone" is a SUPER weird song to end on, at least if you ask me.

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"Bad" is the last good record of Michael Jackson's career. His last Quincy Jones production is also a departure from his signature style form "Thriller" and "Off The Wall" in favor of a more condensed mix of pop, rock, r&b, funk, dance and soul. A lot of different styles that was great to generate a lot of hit singles, but still work as an album. The lyrical themes also varies a lot, hitting from his relationship with mass media to world peace. Songs like "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", "Dirty Diana" and "Smooth Criminal" have a permanent place in the pop music pantheon.

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It's almost impossible to follow up an album like Thriller but I think Jackson did an admirable job at it. I don't like Bad quite as much but it's still a great album.

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Bad, The way you make me feel Just good friends Smooth Criminal Dirty Diana Excellent mais bon je sais pas pourquoi c'est pas 5 étoiles non plus. C'est un peu moins bien que Thriller donc si Thriller est un 5 je vois pas pourquoi celui là le serait Mais bon, genius

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Brilliant 80s dance pop, every sing could have been a hit single - however, it’s not as good as Thriller.

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Timeless

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My favourite jackson album. I’m rating it just as music and not him as a strange pedo human

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Fun album overall. Though some forgettable tracks, but some fantastic ones as well such as "Bad", "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal".

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Thriller lepszy, ale też kilka klasyków

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Man inte mirror

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Una voz de época para un disco con muchas canciones buenas y con un ritmo continuo. Pop alegre

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1987. Key Songs: Bad, Smooth Criminal

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Some fun songs, but mostly pretty annoying and cheesy. Smooth Criminal is good. Speed Demon and Man in the Mirror were better than expected.

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I've never listened to this whole album. I've definitely heard the popular songs: "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", and "Smooth Criminal". I don't recall hearing any of the other songs. I would have been 8 when this album came out. I was not into music then. I have vivid memories of hearing Thriller and my siblings watching the music video and not letting me watch it because it was too scary. I have a strong association with Thriller and GI Joes for some reason. Probably just the thing that I was into at that age.

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Puh... Was soll man zu ihm sagen? Mitreißende Musik, aber ein bisschen zu upbeat für meinen Geschmack. Sehr markante Stimme, aber mich stört mittlerweile sein ständiges „Huh-heh“ und „Ow“ und der gleichen. Als Kind hab ich ihn auch mal gehört und schlecht ist die Musik definitiv nicht, nur nicht mehr so mein Ding. Ein Argument für ihn, das ich glücklicherweise hier ignorieren kann und was mich ohnehin nie angesprochen hat, ist seine Persönlichkeit und Leistung bei Live Performances. Moving on...

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I'm not listening to two Michael albums in a row. I'll assume it was a 3.

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Smooth Criminal, Bad, and Man in the Mirror are all on this album, so it feels criminal to rate it low- but I'm not a fan of a lot of Jackson's secondary songs, so 3 is as far as it goes.

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80's pop star cool

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Quite enjoyed the album. Not hating it, not my favorite as well. Maybe it's not just what I usually listen to

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i'm still not sure i really care for michael. this was ok, but it ultimately just leaves me cold.

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the album overall was good, and i really enjoyed certain songs on it. However the instrumentals were very unimpressive

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Does it sound dated, or was it date-defining? Who knows! Fave track - "Smooth Criminal"

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Did not realize all these hits were on one album. Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, AND Man in the Mirror...Wowzers. The first line of the album is something I've heard Mike say dozens of times. Had no idea he was quoting MJ. Speed Demon and Just Good Friends has some cool 80s synth bass... Liberian Girl isn't bad, but ignorable. Just Good Friends has comfortable elements... Overall, you know the hits while the rest feels more like filler than hidden gems - possibly with the exception of Dirty Diana. Still, another classic album. Good listen.

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It's Michael Jackson. You know who he is and what he sounds like. Bad is not his best album (two guesses what it is), but it's not bad (pun intended) either. The sound is dated, but it's been a very important and influential album so this makes sense as one of the "albums you must listen to".

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Michael Jackson's obviously iconic- but I don't think I've ever actually listened to a full album of his. I really enjoyed it! I will say his french is trash holy shit. (ALSO Pitbull trash jesus)

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Soul, pop. Melódico.

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Man in the Mirror is definitely Ashton’s favourite on this. Happy to hear 80’s bass and drums in Sydney traffic. The Way You Make Me Feel is the standout out of 4 standout tracks. The rest is real real average.

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This album did not age well. Ee-hee!

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Good- Smooth Criminal, Man In The Mirror, Leave Me Alone Bad- Liberian Woman, Another Part Of Me 6/10

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Some of it holds up well, but some of it (Speed Demon) in particular is nowhere near as good as I remember

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What to do with a problem like Michael Jackson. On one had the big songs on this album are timeless classics. On the other hand he's quite possibly singing them about children he's molested. The songs are great but I can't truly enjoy them anymore. 3/5 Is it possible to remove one from the other?

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Catchy songs but a hard act to follow post Thriller.

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ehh, the singles on this are all pretty good but it's a slog to get through a good portion of these.

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It's okay, it's no Thriller though, obviously. There isn't much else to say about this, it's a Jackson album. I always considered it one of the weaker ones, but lots of people seem to like it.

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Although I am a massive Motown fan I never took to Michael Jackson's solo stuff. Obviously a classic album with commercially successful pop songs, well crafted and produced. But not for me this one I'm afraid

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Singles were good but not overly keen on the others.

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Hatte ich besser in Erinnerung. Oft zu seicht und schnulzig irgendwie.

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This album has several iconic songs that can keep its head above water despite the issues that Jackson had in his personal life. However, there are some real slow and sensual songs that haven’t aged well or are entirely lacking in flair.

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No hot takes from me, nor do I want to get into the morality of listening to an artist and the separation of their actions from their art. A crazy amount of hits live on this album. Some of them feel about as dated as it gets. Dirty Diana will always be a slap though.

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3 and a half....to 4. Some add tunes

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The album that birthed one of the best parodies of all time “fat” we will forever be indebted to Bad for that. This is another mj classic, lots of killer tracks, funky. It’s great….but it’s no Thriller

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3.5

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I was in high school and college during Michael Jackson's massive spotlight years in the 80s, and back then it was so hard to separate the image projected endlessly by all form of media at the time from the actual artist and his work. Because of that, I didn't listen to his music on purpose (it was everywhere anyway, but I didn't make an effort). I missed this album mostly at the time, except for the controversial original 'Bad' video that was unavoidable because it was so relentlessly covered. All that being said, over the decades since then I've come to enjoy some of his music. I saw the documentary 'This Is It' after his death, and it helped me see him in a different light (as an artist; not commenting on him as a person). Listening to this album all the way through now for what is the first time for me, I hear some good music. Some of the tracks aren't to my liking, a little too synth-poppy for me, but 'Bad,' 'Smooth Criminal,' 'The Way You Make Me Feel,' and 'Man In the Mirror' are really well done.

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I’ve listened to Michael Jackson my whole life, mostly just the classics but those songs are some of the damn best songs to come out of the decade. I’ve never listened to one of his albums before and I’m sad to say it’s really disappointing. Maybe I’m just biased because I was only looking forward to the popular songs like Bad, Man in the Mirror, Smooth Criminal (Amazing songs by the way) but the rest of the album just sucked, the songs were all so bland. Like every other song that wasn’t iconic sounded like a lame B-Track. At best the songs were repetitive and cliché but at worst they sounded kinda rapey and insulting to the listener. I don’t know, those three good songs really are amazing songs and for that I’ll give the album a 6/10. I really wished the rest of the album could’ve had more quality in it.

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I usually don't listen to MJ, but this was nice

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I'm less entertained than I thought I would be by this album. Whatever your thoughts on Jackson and his music, it's indisputable that he was incredibly talented and that, at his best, he's really entertaining to listen to. So I had some general expectations for this album that really didn't play out. Honestly, I was pretty bored through a lot of this, especially toward the middle of it. "Bad" is an excellent pop song, the best on the album. "Leave Me Alone," "Smooth Criminal" and "The Way You Make Me Feel" are also pretty good. But some of the other songs just feel dead inside, like his heart wasn't in it. I also feel like Jackson is trying to go along with what he thinks will be musically relevant, so he ends up with a weird, disjointed assortment of songs that doesn't really serve his particular talents. It neither lives up to our expectations of him nor breaks any new ground. On the scale of pop music in general in 1987, I suppose it was a good record? But if you were listening to much music in 1987, you know that isn't really a compliment. Fave Songs: Bad, Leave Me Alone, Smooth Criminal

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I don't know. Listening to MJ mostly just makes me feel sad and conflicted now. Highlights of this album for me are the groove of The Way You Make Me Feel (you knock me offa my feet now baby --- hoo!) and when the chorus comes in at the key change in Man In the Mirror and also remembering how my college friend Laura changed the words to Bad and sang, "My dad...has had...a crush on Cheryl Ladd!"

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Man! Looking back on this album, there is so much cringe-worthy content. After listening to the track "Bad" and then "Speed Demon", I couldn't help but feel like this whole album was going to be like scrolling through r/IAmVeryBadAss. Seriously, all I could think about while I was listening to "Liberian Girl" was the scene in "40 year old virgin" where the main character was (falsely) talking about all the experience he had with girls. "Just like in the movies" - ha! Jokes aside though, the album is still undeniably good. My personal favorite is "Leave Me Alone", and there are many other that are great listening and chalk full of nostalgia for me. I guess what makes the album hard for me, hence the lower rating, is it's a bit much to take in one sitting. A ton of great singles, but I need a break between most songs to wash the synthesized taste of my mouth.

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Difficult to know whether this part of a greatest hits album with so many singles on it. Had not listened to the full abum before and it suffers from being swamped by the singles. An edgier approach still with very strong production.

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Meh. It's Michael Jackson, but it's heavily influenced by the 80s. Some songs are great, others are not.

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6/10

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Inconsistent effort overall. Some classics, others entirely forgettable. Amazing studio musicians though. Easy to forget that before his public life became such a mess that this was a portrait of Michael at the crest of his height before it would all come crashing down. Enough Cabot be said for the effects that Quincy Jones had on Michael's catalog.

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It's good, minus the pedophilia

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Ik heb eigenlijk nooit zo de lol ingezien van MJ, afgezien van een paar hitjes dan. Dat iele stemgeluid... Dit was dan ook de eerste keer in m'n leven dat ik een heel album van hem heb gedraaid. Best leuk, maar I stick to my guns. (Die Franse en Spaanse versie op het tweede album zijn overigens weerzinwekkend).

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Tja, de tand des tijds begint nu toch ook zijn sporen na te laten op dit album. Een paar ijzersterke nummers plus een flinke dosis jeugdsentiment houden het overeind.

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Is it fair to think of Bad in the same way one (now thinks of Kanye West's 808 and Heartbreaks? An underrated album, belated recognised as the first step in an artist's creative zenith? Yes and no. Bad is underrated. If it were a couple of songs shorter, it might have been a flawed masterpiece (exit stage left, Speed Demon, for example). As it is, it is flawed. But with more than the occasional flash of genius (Smooth Criminal, Liberian Girl, Man in the Mirror). Kanye did MBDF, the first great album of the 10s, next. Michael, unfortunately, became a circus attraction: the good in his subsequent albums (and there was a lot of good) swamped by gossip, eccentricity, and ultimately tragedy. So it goes...

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The mist of hairspray. The smoke of fireworks. The dust kicked up from a pair of working dance shoes. As a Baby Boomer I am practically required by my tribe to like Michael Jackson . And, I do, to a point. I would probably like him even more were he not operating under a major disadvantage- too much airplay. Six out of these ten songs are hits; four, at least, major hits. ‘Man In The Mirror,’ alone, qualifies as a mega-hit. As fitting, the arrangements, production, etc are pretty over-the-top, ala Vegas Elvis, including a generous amount of big hair metal 80s rock squeezed in between all the funk. What surprised me, though, was how current it still sounded, and not nearly as dated as I was expecting. The groove endures. I mean, we are talking about the King of pop here. Yet another surprise, listening to this so many years later as an older man now (I was only in my late 20s at the time of Bad’s release) was the realization of how young this LP really is, and I’m referring to its energy rather than its chronological age. It’s chocked full of the kinds of experiences and emotions with which a young man would typically resonate: hot girls and fast cars, obviously. It’s certainly preachy enough (we can create a better world than the crappy one we inherited from our parents), possessing that marvelous blend of arrogance and ignorance so characteristic of youth. But young man Michael’s special sauce, above and beyond all that, is his badness. He’s bad. Really, really bad. But not bad bad. Note that Michael does not go the route of say, a Miles Davis or a James Brown. Michael is not a bad 'motherfucker'! That would frighten the whites too much. Michael is Black Lite- the full flavor of the funky experience but with a third less guilt. Michael wants to challenge you, all right, to get in your face, to take you outside into the back alley. But not to fight. To dance. Maybe later, to love. By the way, Michael’s love songs are truly lovely, ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You,’ for example, the duet with Siedah Garrett. Sweet and tender. Smooth. Or, ‘Liberian Girl’- again, what’s better than being in love? (Note that in this song, he’s not yet married to Miss Liberia. For what it’s worth.) The only two of the bunch that didn’t seem to work well in the mix was the duet with the usually great Stevie Wonder. Relationships aren’t always a smooth mix, the song observes. Neither are Michael and Stevie, at least on this number. And the final song, ‘Smooth Criminal,’ exploring the aftermath of a violent crime? Weird ending for this LP, and a bit of a bummer, frankly. I just came to do a little dancing and flirting. And thankfully, Michael mostly serves up a lot of that, and still better than most. A good time all around, 'Bad' is, in spite of that one accidental and unfortunate glimpse of myself (the man) in the mirror, donning not much more than an open bathrobe, and gyrating to ‘The Way You Make Me Feel.’ In my sincere effort to make the world a better place, rest assured I’ve already taken steps to ensure that no one need ever take a look at that.

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It's a classic. Not my all-time personal favorite, but still good.

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Neben all den großartigen und zu Ende gedachten Hits tun die einigen Filler dann doch zu sehr weh. 3.0

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Some great tunes, but it's really quite dated now and it's hard to separate the music from the artist.

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some thriller, some filler

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J’ai toujours du mal à comprendre la place majeure qu’occupe MJ au panthéon de la musique pop. Les clips sont ridicules. « Bad », vraiment? Je trouvais attrayante la proposition de départ de traiter de la rupture sociale due à la réussite de certains afro-américains, mais une chorégraphie ballet-jazz pour montrer qu’on est resté un dur à cuire?« The way you make me feel », qui fait l’apologie du harcèlement de rue? C’est fou! Pour ce dernier, on pourra dire que c’est l’époque. Il reste que ce personnage a zéro crédibilité quand il s’agit de passer pour un méchant. Je parle beaucoup du personnage parce que des efforts évidents ont été déployés pour le créer. « Smooth criminal » est définitivement la proposition la mieux réussie, le clip et la chanson sont un régal. On doit quand même reconnaître le travail technique ahurissant des artisans pour ces productions impeccables autant sur le plan des musiques que des chorégraphies.

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C’est vraiment de la grosse pop bien produite. Michael mérite bien son statut de roi du genre. Tous les clichés de Michael sont ici. Pas fan de ses balades par contre. Elles passent moins bien l’épreuve du temps. La chanson Bad est une incontournable du catalogue de Michael. C’est aussi sur cet album qu’on retrouve Smooth Criminal que j’avais d’abord découverte reprise par Alien Ant Farm. J’aime beaucoup leur version rock de cette chanson. La synthbass dans Speed Demon. J’ai découvert la pièce Dirty Diana et je l’aime un peu plus à chaque écoute. Encore une fois, Micheal amène une guitare très rock dans une chanson pop. J’entendrais bien The Weekend reprendre cette chanson. Pièce préférée: Bad suivi de près par Smooth Criminal et Dirty Diana

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some of his best

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The singles are still as undeniable as they were in the 80s. The rest of the album doesn't hold up as well.

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Some good mj some less good, alright overall.

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Good singles with a lot of ok filler. Nothing bad but not my cup of tea

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So 80s and this guy was right there at the top. All the other stuff came later but at the time these tracks were on the radio and on MTV and partially defined the decade in my view. I know 9 of the 11tracks and it could even be a Greatest Hits album such is his fame. Very lively, catchy and well produced with all his trademark yelps etc. Good to listen to still although not his best (that had already passed).

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Pues fuera de las obvias (Bad, Smooth Criminal y The Way You Make Me Feel) la verdad es que sí, es un disco de Pop bien hecho, pero me llegó a aburrir. Liberian Girl hoy quizá sería tachada de expropación cultural (además tiene esa onda jungla-sensual que no me late), Speed Demon que nadie se la cree a MJ, Dirty Diana que también tiene una temática muy cuestionable. En general al final no fueron los hits que esperaba y espero poder pronto comparar con Thriller que seguro está en la lsita.

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Kind of annoying how he's like constantly going HEE HEE and DAH and whatnot by this point. Stops me from hearing the music, which sounds like it was made on a Mega Drive, and therefore rules.

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We have a new contender for most 80s sounding album of all time, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. Initially I was wowed by the number of hit singles and thought it had to be at least 4 stars, but then I thought: are the hits on here *really* all that? Bad ain't good. Man in the Mirror isn't the masterpiece I thought it was when I was 10. Dirty Diana and Smooth Criminal are still fun, and The Way You Make Me Feel holds up fairly well, but there's at least as much filler as killer here.

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Has not gotten better with age, though perhaps not significantly worse either. MJ really gives himself over to these songs, breathlessly so at times, but there’s far, far too much going on productionwise (heavy synths, overreaching guitar solos, the seven-layer vocals, the odd outer space sound effect). There’s a straining for maximum impact on many songs that don’t offer a ton. The musical equivalent of daytime TV, which was big back in the day, but not really worth watching – neither then nor now.

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Remember how he made a terrible movie after this? Good times.

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Its got some great hits on it, but the in-between hits are a bit fillery. It's enjoyable but I don't think I would ever listen to whole album again

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Fun throwback album, good music, but bruh theres an abortion song

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Of Michael's "imperial" period, I think this is the worst? It's not as consistent as OTW, and doesn't have the highs of Thriller, but it's still solid. "Bad" is just okat, it's plodding and feels weightless. 4-7 are all trash, except "Man In The Mirror", and then three of MJ's best songs close it out. 3/5

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Legendary album but I don't like pop that much. 1 too many "hee-hee!" 2 stars

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Not bad! But it wasn’t great either. A lot of simpering shite songs.

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The popular tracks on this album are flawless. Bad, Smooth Criminal, etc. However, the rest of the album just isn't worth listening to IMO.

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I won't deny Michael Jackson's significance, and that he's got some damn catchy tunes. That said, this is not good music to listen to while writing emails.

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Well seven songs in and the non hits are really quite BAD (sorry for the pun). The Man in the Mirror is also a good rung or two below the hits from Thriller and Off the Wall. Besides the title track and "The Way You Make me Feel" there's just not much else of interest... 2.5 🌟

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I've heard several of these before, and I think they're in the category of \"familiar\" vs. \"things I like\". Noting near as good as Thriller, and I like Alien Ant Farm's \"Smooth Criminal\" better...

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This is the first album where the artist doesn't actually "play" on any of the songs. I'm finding it hard to judge a solo artist who just sings (granted, I know he also wrote most of the songs) - but here I go. I've never listened to an entire MJ album top to bottom. I was excited to, and then disappointed. His songs are much easier to appreciate in single doses. I really enjoyed (and even sang along with) the tracks I knew (Bad, Smooth Criminal, The Way You Make Me Feel), but I hated almost everything else - which made me wonder if my enjoyment of the former was really more nostalgia than appreciation. Still - he is the King of Pop in the sense that he is the mold for how to build a pop star - catchy hooks, lots of energy, swagger/attitude, huge live productions. Clearly, many have followed in his footsteps (Justin Timberlake, Brittney Spears, Bruno Mars, and so on and so on). But, in retrospect, it's like McDonald's - game changing at the time, but then Ray Kroc comes in and makes it all about money - which leads to a shitty product and a million other shitty restaurants all out to make a buck. Does that make sense?

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4.5

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Here I am with a bit of a dilemma. Michael Jackson is a problematic artist and I’ve not listened to his music in the last decade aside of what I’ve heard occasionally in the grocery store. But here goes… Somewhat familiar with this album, but never owned it. I have probably heard it all the way through before this, but not often enough that I remembered all of the songs. Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Another Part of Me, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal and Leave Me Alone are all understandable hits I remember well. Speed Demon and I Just Can’t Stop Loving You are up there too, but I can’t say the same for Liberian Girl and Just Good Friends which I didn’t think hold up against the rest. All that said, even this impressive assemblage of songs can’t overcome the terrible failings of Michael Jackson for me. At best I just end up feeling depressed listening to this. I doubt I’ll do so again.

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Listen - MJ was a musical icon for good reason and the duo of "Off the Wall" and "Thriller" are deserving of accolades. I don't know how much percentage credit to give Quincy Jones for those, but it doesn't matter - those are great pop/soul/dance records with timeless songs (even the cheesy ones, I'd argue). But this is just.... ok honestly, if this wasn't "Michael Jackson™" would it have been so big? He probably could/would have released Metal Machine Music V2 and sold 15 million after people waited for the follow-up to Thriller. I like his voice, but despite the 1987-slick production this music is just so terribly weak overall - "Man In The Mirror" is kinda good I suppose. But call it as it is: this album is appropriately titled. Bad, indeed. 3/10 2 stars

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Am I the only guy to think Jackson was overrated, I didn't like this album when it came out and no amount of publicity or remixing can change that. It is still as bad today as it was then. Some of his other stuff is good but that isn't on this album.

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really not my style...

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I mean, it's listenable... but the title of the album kind of says it all, Michael Jackson is just... bad

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Some of the songs are great but I just can't with MJ the person. Rating it 2/5 BAD

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2.8 - Thriller was the first album I ever purchased when I was 5 and I remember staying up to watch MJ perform on "Solid Gold." So I was surprised at how viscerally I disliked this album. The tough guy personna on "Bad" sounds phony - MJ was an obviously broken man and his campy biker jacket is no longer fooling me. "Liberian Girl" sounds pious in a "have-pity-for-the-poors" kind of way. Same with "Man in the Mirror." He laments about seeing "kids in the street with not enough to eat" as if he actually observed poverty from anywhere besides his limousine window. "Dirty Diana" paints MJ as the victim of a gold-digging groupie. What could possibly make the most famous pop star in history feel like a victim in that situation? I'm not going to write off all of this record, though. "The Way You Make Me Feel" is still a jam, even though we all know MJ wasn't aroused by anyone with "high heels on." And Stevie Wonder sounds awesome on "Just Good Friends." In the end, this album doesn't pass my sniff test and I'm only too happy to forget about it.

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Some good riffs and some bops, but I only liked small snippets of a lot of the songs

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This is the first one I've had that I don't like. I've never been much of a Michael Jackson fan and separating the art from the artist is hard for me.

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no. just no. i drifted away from the 80's because i was sick of the synths and the cheesy love songs, and I wanted to like this. but no. ugh. why is this on here :/ Bad is a really catchy song, and I like listening to it if it comes my way for any reason. But it's not even that good now that I've carefully listened- God how I hate the ballads in here Dirty Diana was pretty good, I liked the guitar and the chorus. still wouldn't put it in a playlist. Smooth Criminal is the best song on the album, I kinda forgot that I liked it. But I just- It's not good enough for me to forgive the damage this album has done on me. After all, I gotta rate the album as a whole, and these songs are just better as fricking singles :')) why. is. this. album. here. Leave me alone tricked me in a really cruel way cus the beggining sounded like it was gonna be good but. yeah, no. literally had to listen to the glee version of smooth criminal to recover from this. it's better than the original. the GLEE VERSION. okay i'm done bye.

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Oh man, here we go. One of the sacred cows of pop music. I love Michael Jackson. He was my first concert, my first music video ("All I Wanna Say Is That They Don't Really Care About Us!"). Scandals and allegations aside, MJ was iconic, a cross genre visionary who could do RnB, funk and rock, all while sounding like himself. Bad, however, lives up to its name of being just that. While it has its strong tracks like Smooth Criminal, Man In The Mirror and the title track, the album lacks the sonic palette that one would be able to find in an album like Thriller. While Thriller flitted from tasty RnB basslines to a ripping guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen to a dance-y disco groove, Bad was the stylistic equivalent of a salad bar; sure you might find something you like, but it's really all the same thing, with little to no variance. While I want to write this review without making allusions to any specific time period, the album is chock full of the electric drum beats and synths that belie the 80s. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but one would be hard pressed to find bands that try to emulate that sound unironically. In conclusion, this writer posits that while Michael Jackson's place on this list is irrefutable, the album choice made for this list was, quite literally, bad.

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Overrated.

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It holds some of his most known songs and it is very well produced, but it's not for me.

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det här var faktiskt inte så himla bra

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Oh que j'ai trippé sur Michael Jackson quand j'étais enfant ! Je me rappelle d'avoir écouté en boucle cet album dans mon walkman, quand on s'en allait en Floride en auto, quand j'avais 9 ans. De beaux souvenir et de la bonne pop, mais un deux étoiles parce que plus du tout mon genre, haha !

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The cover is all about that jacket. All those buckles and zippers. Fancy but ultimately pointless. Suggesting bondage but of course but actually pretty safe. I think you see where I am going. This album is <chef's kiss> as far as production. Goodness gracious it sounds good. And the hits are catchy, I can't deny it. But whereas Thriller was a breakthrough, Bad is just ... more. And a sad waste of Stevie Wonder, who should never be wasted, that's what's criminal. Anyway. It's fine. I'm not going to pretend I'm immune to Bad, Smooth Criminal, and especially the incredibly 80's appeal of The Way You Make Me Feel. Ow! Woo! But I *am* going to rate this album as if I have better taste than I actually do.

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I was quite excited as this is the first MJ album I've been given, sadly that excitement died pretty early into the album, other than the breakout hits everything else in this album felts so basic, boring and a chore to listen through, with some songs like Liberian girl being actually dogshit to listen to. Even while separating the artist from the art, I still don't have many good things to say about this album other than the hits that became popular are obviously pretty good. Favourite Songs: Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal

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Great hits but rest just sounds silly today

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éclaté sa mère

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Quite boring

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absolute tosh

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Just don't like his music

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has not aged well

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Ye gods, no.

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It’s Bad, really really Bad!

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I must have worn out multiple needles playing this album when I was 13. Time has not been kind. Extra marks off for, well, you know. All the stuff.

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Historisch aber gecancelt. Ich glaube Er war es

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Just plain horrible. This is my *first* album in this "one album a day" generator thing, and I can't believe I have to start with that cheesy so-called blockbuster filled to the brim with saccharine-tasting manure "Bad"? As in "Hey look how bad-ass I look"? Er... What? That cringefest of boring ballads and mid-temp snoozers? Really??? This is a record without a shred of true soul in it. And even if it's not "soul" you're looking for, there should always be something *human* in music. Or monstrous, on the contrary. Or extraordinary. Or humble. Unfortunately, Bad is none of those things. It tells nothing. It *is* nothing. One can argue that "Dirty Diana" is kind of arresting, or that, at least, it's an interesting track towards the end of the album, since that's the only song that expresses something even remotely heartfelt (as ugly as the feelings actually expressed against Diana Ross are). I guess that after all the dumb schmooze that precedes, the aggro atmosphere in that song is a welcome (bad) breath of fresh air, and that we can all be grateful for that last-minute addition somehow. Thank you Slash for that electric guitar. You might not be very alert yourself, but I guess a tiny drop of whiskey in all that kool-aid does have a semblance of... taste (even though the subtle rock intrusions in Thriller were far more compelling and smartly executed than this still quite clunky shit here). As for the bouncy, hectic and hiccupy "Smooth Criminal", it *is* a killer dancefloor track and an instant classic. It would be foolish arguing about that... But everything else is just lame. Synth basses sound hollow. Horns are an imitation of their synth conterparts. Same with backing vocals. And the writing (both the lyrics *and* the music) is just... irrelevant. If not downright annoying. Case(s) in point,: "Liberian Girl" and "Man On The Mirror". Lyrics, since we must also talk about them, are just ridiculous. And they're made all the more ridiculous by the unmusical and rigid way they are displayed in these songs (just as in almost every other track). Telling the world is in danger, Michael's inapt and disconnected choice of words are no comfort for us. "And-if-you-want-to-o-make-it... a-bet-ter-place", well, just please shut up, Michael, please. And let us die in peace, at least. Admittedly, Thriller's successor could have gone other ways, and you can almost suspect the ghost of more "interesting" work under the surface from time to time--even though "Bad", probably Jackson's worst lead single ever, tells the lamentable story of the album that bears its name from its very first obnoxious seconds. It's true that this single *does* have something catchy. But embarrassing stuff can *also* catch your attention, and never let it go, unfortunately. And if you can't even tolerate a lead single on those sorts of grand commercial pop albums, how on earth will you find any redeeming features after it? How? The true problem of the album however, is that it doesn't even hold "Bad"'s promise of at least having a somewhat awkward laugh. From "Speed Demon" (the *awfully clunky* voice placement and delivery on that one, jeeze!!!) to "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", this is an album almost exclusively made of boring *fillers*, which is sort of an extraordinary feat in itself. Reminds a little of a visit to the dentist's (that clinical white backdrop behind Michael on the cover speaks tons about the surgical atmosphere here!!!). But you're going there with a set of teeth already punctured by a record amount of cavities, so the drilling takes an age AND the next one. Plus, it's painful. *Very* painful. Bad indeed. [Why, oh why, couldn't I review "Thriller" first? Now *that* was a Michael Jackson album that deserved its commercial success, thanks to its sophisticated production and the quality of most of its pop songs. Hope that one comes up soon... Number of albums I listened to: 1 Albums left to listen to: 1000 Number of albums I've found genuinely relevant: 0 Number of different albums you should listen to before you die: 1 ]

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Undeniably great album but MJ’s musical legacy is certainly tarnished by his multiple, credible allegations of sexual abuse to even enjoy his work anymore.

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Pedo

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Paedo

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Yea it was ok

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mala la wea.

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