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Bad

Michael Jackson

1987

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Bad
Album Summary

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, 1987, by Epic Records, nearly five years after Jackson's previous album, Thriller (1982). Written and recorded between January 1985 and July 1987, Bad was the third and final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, with Jackson co-producing and composing all but two tracks. Jackson notably adopted an edgy look and sound with Bad, departing from his signature groove-based style and high-pitched vocals. The album incorporates pop, rock, funk, R&B, dance, soul, and hard rock styles. Jackson also experimented with newer recording technology, including digital synthesizers and drum machines, resulting in a sleeker and more aggressive sound. Lyrical themes on the album include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, romance, self-improvement, and world peace. The album features appearances from Siedah Garrett and Stevie Wonder. One of the most anticipated albums of its time, Bad debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, selling over 2.25 million copies in its first week in the United States, and stayed atop for six consecutive weeks. It also reached number one in 24 other countries, including the United Kingdom, where it sold 350,000 copies in its first week and became the country's best-selling album of 1987. Nine songs from the album were released as official singles, and one as a promotional single. Seven charted in the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100, including a record-breaking five number ones: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana". The album was also promoted with the film, Moonwalker (1988), which included the music videos of songs from the album, including "Speed Demon", "Leave Me Alone", "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal". Subjected to widespread comparisons with Thriller by critics upon release, Jackson's vocal prowess and Bad's rich, more polished production were particularly praised. In retrospect, the album has been lauded by critics as a staple of 1980s pop music and an extension of Jackson's influence on 21st-century music. A blockbuster release, it was the best-selling album worldwide of 1987 and 1988. By 1991, it stood as the second best-selling album of all time, behind Thriller, having sold 25 million copies worldwide. The Bad tour, which was Jackson's first solo world tour, grossed $125 million (equivalent to more than $291 million in 2021), making it the highest-grossing solo concert tour of the 1980s. Jackson performed 123 concerts in 15 countries to an audience of 4.4 million. It was also Jackson's last tour where he performed on the mainland United States. With over 35 million copies sold worldwide, Bad is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 2021, it was certified 11× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States. The album has been named by several publications as one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and won Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical and Best Music Video (for "Leave Me Alone"). In 1988, Jackson received the first Billboard Spotlight Award, in recognition of the record-breaking chart success on the Billboard Hot 100. For his Bad videos and previous videos throughout the 1980s, Jackson received the MTV Video Vanguard Award. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the documentary film, Bad 25, and album, Bad 25, were released in 2012.

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3.81

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Genres

  • Pop
  • Soul

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Sun Mar 21 2021
1

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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Sat Feb 13 2021
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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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
1

It’s Bad, really really Bad!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Best album by a child molester!!

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Tue Mar 02 2021
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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Tue May 18 2021
2

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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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 06 2023
4

I solid album of mj bangers. Have a hard time enjoying the music of a pedophile .

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

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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Sun Nov 20 2022
1

i can't fucking stand this small boy fingering nonce. i equally can't stand the fact that people want to brush it under the carpet so they can still listen to his music. this album is bad and it should be fucked into the bin along with the other pedo musicians that are no longer acceptable to listen to. wacko jacko is in no way better than ian watkins, the bad one, not H from steps. fucking nonce.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
1

Ugh.. I was highly suspicious of this as a 12yo when it came out, there was clearly something wrong with him, the music was cheesy and the whole energy was very "off". Really lame style, so far from the intended "tough" look, it all seemed very embarrassing, and made me wonder why nobody told him that it sucked. All of the songs on here (maybe not Smooth Criminal; EDIT - yes this is still crap) are lightweight, over-produced '80s fluff with trite lyrics, glib instrumentation, and those histrionic squeaky sham-wow vocals on top. I was a big fan of Thriller (at the time) and the drop in quality to this dross was immense. My mum's awful second husband chose The Way You Make Me Feel as their wedding dance, in doing so trying to emulate the super-crass video. I cringe to this day Later on, as documented in Leaving Neverland, it became clear that Michael committed to his supposed fiddling activities in earnest during this period (Bad world tour). The music sounds so much worse in this context. Note, *Finding Neverland* is a different beast Another random anecdote: I have actually seen Michael Jackson in the "flesh"! I'm proud to say I was in the room when Jarvis stormed the stage to interrupt his Earth Song atrocity at the '96 Brit awards. Quite a weird one that. I also happened to be at UCLA on the day he died there. Sorry Jacko, I'm bad luck for ya' Just terrible, well-deserving of the 1* on offer

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Mon Apr 22 2024
1

Has this aged really poorly? Because I was going into this thinking I liked Bad the single and I’m coming away from it thinking it just sounds cheesy and…blegh. Like my actual reaction is a strong negative. OH NO IS THIS ALBUM REALLY BAD! Earlier this week I pulled Purple Rain, an album that is older but holds up so much better. The instrumentation on this album feel like something that would play at the zoo while the singers are telling me about giraffes or something. The hee hees and shamons are filling me with disdain. I legitimately think I hate this. SPEED DEEEMON. This is embarrassing. I know that pop music isn’t supposed to necessarily be a lyrical showcase but damn, “you changed my world, just like in the movies” what movie Michael. How did this happen? Please explain. The synth on Just Good Friends kinda sounds like a Sega Genesis which is cool as fuck. The song kinda sucks, but that was fun for a second. This is the worst album I’ve listened to on this so far and I’m baffled by that, I legitimately think I like Thriller. But this is just awful. Man in the Mirror is catchy but is also so corny and lame. Smooth Criminal is so fucking good, why is it on this piece of shit album. Michael, I will leave you alone. 1/5, king of pop my ass.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
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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Mon Feb 12 2024
5

I love Michael Jackson, but this is the first time hearing this whole album.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Motherfucking Michael Jackson.

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Sun Mar 24 2024
5

I can’t believe how many people hate this album on here

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Sat Mar 30 2024
5

If you want to change something in the world you should start with yourself.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 13 2024
4

Michael Jackson has been called "the King of pop" for a reason. Hiis catalog and depth speak for themselves long after his untimely death. I think if he had been alive today the music industry would be a bit different, that is how influencial he was. Thiis is not my favorite album of his, (probably Thriller), but it is well rounded and has some nice moments.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
4

Like the other MJ albums, this one is chock full of classic singles and completely forgettable album tracks, but the singles are so good it makes the whole thing incredible.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
4

Not like to say about this other than it all-time classic. Whether it’s your preferred type of music or not, hard to argue the Quality throughout the Is top notch

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Sat May 25 2024
4

Like him or not; his music is really good.

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Fri May 31 2024
4

Bad is a great record with a bunch of classic pop hits, but not MJs best overall album. Much like Thriller, this album feels a lot like a collection of hits more than a cohesive album, I mean, 8 of 11 songs charted as singles in the US alone with 5 of them reaching #1! Maybe when the album came out it felt more cohesive but with time and it's overall legacy started feeling more like a greatest hits. Still a fun listen tho

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Wed Jun 05 2024
4

Such iconic music, so classically MJ. So sad he’s gone so soon.

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Thu Jun 06 2024
4

No. 196/1001 Bad 5/5 The Way You Make Me Feel 4/5 Speed Demon 4/5 Liberian Girl 4/5 Just Good Friends 4/5 Another Part Of Me 4/5 Man in the Mirror 5/5 I Just Can't Stop Loving You 4/5 Dirty Diana 5/5 Smooth Criminal 5/5 Leave Me Alone 4/5 Average: 4,36 Another great pop record by MJ. In my opinion more densly packed than Thriller (still also great). Absolute highlight for me is Dirty Diana.

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Tue Jul 18 2023
3

Can't decide what to rate this - it's impossible to listen to this completely without judgement/prejudice, but I did my best. The songwriting and the singing are of course outstanding. The production is incredibly dated. The cringe level is pretty high on this one when you think about it. Man in the mirror was the surprise standout for me.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
3

The hits on this carry pretty hard. A good MJ album but, in my opinion, this is where he started falling out of his great artistic era.

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Mon Sep 25 2023
3

Surprisingly Mid. I was hyped to have an MJ album come up on this, but wasn't really into Bad.

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Mon Oct 09 2023
3

*Just going to focus on the music* I've never listened to a Michael Jackson album front to back, only really hearing the singles, and usually not my choice. It's fine. The stand out songs were the singles. 3/5

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Fri Mar 29 2024
3

Thought I would enjoy this more than I did... In many respects, it DEFINITELY seemed dated for sure, and the similarity among the songs (i.e. limited diversity) was also quite noticeable... No doubt there are a few excellent songs on here, and below are my are my ranks - "Smooth Criminal" - 7-stars "Man In the Mirror - 6-stars "Dirty Diana" - 5-stars "Bad" - 5-stars "The Way You Make Me Feel - 4-stars The rest however, are completely forgettable... I'm sure that MJ will have some albums on this list that warrant a 5, but the best I can do for "Bad" is to give it a 3... Also - I HIGHLY recommend the Top Rated review for the "Bad" album, as it was incredibly well done, and made my day it was so damn funny... It starts out - "...OK - here we go..." : ) Enjoy!!!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
2

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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Sat Jun 11 2022
1

Nope. Michael Jackson has to be the single most overrated artist of the 80s.

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Tue Aug 08 2023
1

Y’all can’t convince me to listen to this child molester - seems like a waste of time

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Tue Aug 22 2023
1

80's gated toms and cheesy synths ruin everything, they can go fuck off

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Tue Jan 05 2021
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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Tue Jan 05 2021
5

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

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
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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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

I’ve listened to this a million times.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

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

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

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

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

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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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

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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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Not much to say, legendary album

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

His magnus opus that's for sure

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

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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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

9. great but off the wall is better

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

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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Tue May 18 2021
5

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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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
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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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

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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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

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

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

ну это король хули еще сказать

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

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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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

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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Tue May 18 2021
5

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

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

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Solid, great songwriting, great performance by MJ, one of the best albums of the 80’s.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

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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Mon Aug 02 2021
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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Thu Aug 26 2021
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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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

"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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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

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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Wed Oct 13 2021
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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Wed Oct 20 2021
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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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Was soll man sagen… echter MJ

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror

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Thu Nov 18 2021
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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