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Off The Wall

Michael Jackson

1979

Off The Wall

Album Summary

Off the Wall is the fifth solo studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on August 10, 1979, by Epic Records. It was Jackson's first album released through Epic Records, the label he recorded under until his death in 2009, and the first produced by Quincy Jones, whom he met while working on the 1978 film The Wiz. Several critics observed that Off the Wall was crafted from disco, pop, funk, R&B, soft rock and Broadway ballads. Its lyrical themes include escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism and romance. The album features songwriting contributions from Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Rod Temperton, Tom Bahler, and David Foster, alongside three tracks penned by Jackson himself. Between 1972 and 1975, Jackson released a total of four solo studio albums with Motown as part of The Jackson 5 franchise: Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973) and Forever, Michael (1975). Before recording his next album, which came to be Off the Wall, Jackson desired to create a record not sounding like a Jacksons record, but rather showcasing creative freedom and individualism. Off the Wall peaked at number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart and number one on the Top Black Albums chart, staying at number one on the latter for 16 weeks, and was an enormous critical success. Five singles were released from the album. Jackson wrote three songs, including the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", his first solo number-one single in the United States since "Ben" seven years prior. The second single, "Rock with You", also topped the chart. With following singles "Off the Wall" and "She's Out of My Life" also reaching the US top 10, Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Off the Wall was a significant departure from Jackson's previous work for Motown and was hailed as a major breakthrough for him. In retrospect, writers have hailed it a landmark release of the disco era and one of the greatest albums of all time. Critics often debate whether it or Thriller is Jackson's best album. Off the Wall has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. On February 2, 2021, it was certified 9× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the US. At the 1980 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for two Grammy Awards, with Jackson winning Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". In 2008, Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Rating

3.81

Votes

4912

Genres

  • Pop
  • Soul
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5

Funky funk funk funk. This is a disco masterpiece, obviously. It’s got R&B, Disco, Pop, a whole bunch of stuff. The bass playing and production is what really stood out to me. I don’t think I can really state the impact that this album made on popular music going forward. Favorite song: Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough Least favorite song: Girlfriend

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When I was a kid Michael Jackson was ubiquitous. Just an absolute cultural juggernaut. I had a cassette tape of "thriller" and remember checking out books from the library about michael jackson and the jackson 5. I definitely can't separate his music from nostalgic childhood feelings. This album is where he truly established himself as an independent solo artist and where he found the perfect producer in Quincy Jones. I feel like this album and Thriller set a new template for pop music that is still being used to this day. Man this album starts so strong! The production is so clean and balanced. So busy and layered but not cluttered or overwhelming. Flows so smoothly. Got some of the best session musicians of the era on this album which I am acquainted with to an odd degree because of their association with yacht rock, (which this album has some crossover with). I can definitely appreciate some immaculate pop production, particularly from this era. Side 1 is a fucking ripper but I feel like the album loses a bit of steam on side 2 around the wings cover "girlfriend" and the ballad "She's out if my life" but I do like the Stevie Wonder penned "I can't help it" very much and "it's the falling in love" is yacht rock gem. More of a fan of "thriller" but this is still a very impressive album with some incredible songs.

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I accept that Thriller had to be part of the 1001. I get it. But this bad boy? C'mon. Give your head a shake.

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5

How many times have I listened to this album in my life? Too many to count. I love this album, and I am convinced that this is the greatest disco/funk album ever made. How can something sound so 70's but at the same time be so timeless? Everyone who listens to this, no matter who, when or where will be grooving to this album, it's energy is infectious. The synths, the bass, the vocal delivery of MJ and lyrical composition is top notch. The songs are all the perfect length that don't overstay their welcome, which is something that disco and funk usually have a problem with. Every song on this album is iconic, along with the album art. This album feels like its at the crossroads between MJ's child career and future adult career that we all know and love, blending the best of each. This is my personal favorite Michael Jackson album, it may not have the more iconic hits that people think of when they think of MJ, but it makes me happy, its such a pure joy to listen to. Favorite track: Rock With You Least Favorite Track: She's Out of My Life

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5

Bona fide classic, and the first album we've reviewed that I have on vinyl! [insert joke here about me saying "I have that on vinyl"] Technically not a debut album, but in a way it kind of is. He started in the Jackson 5 and released a few solo albums in the early '70s, which mostly sounded like the Jackson 1. On "Forever, Michael" in 1975, his voice suddenly dropped to the range we recognize as Michael Jackson, but that album still sounds like a Jackson 1 project. With help from Quincy Jones, MJ pivoted to funky, disco pop, setting the stage for his growth into the most dominant force in pop music. The album's terrific--it opens with probably my favorite song he's ever made (first heard via Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 2 - "Ch'mon, Lee!"), and it's great all the way through. Also: there's a deluxe release with a couple demos, and the original demo for "Workin' Day and Night" is awesome. I like it better than the album version and think it's one of MJ's best tracks period. Check it out! Favorite tracks: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Workin' Day and Night, Rock With You. Album art: Iconic. Totally looks like a debut. Painfully '70s, in a good way. Michael doesn't look comfortable at all, like he's worried people with think he's a poser. At that time I guess he was a poser, going from Motown soul to groovy disco overnight, but it's like a guy at party who gets up "off the wall" to storm the dance floor and show everyone up. This is my favorite cover of all MJ albums. 5/5

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4

The first half of this album is very good but the last 4-5 songs weren't doing much for me. He's just so damn talented. Clearly not his best album but still a great listen.

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4

Various ballads and dance numbers addressed to anonymous women, but the real love affair is between Jackson and Quincy Jones. The comingling of their vocabulary of sighs, squeals, squeaks, grunts, groans, classical strings, fairydust synths and, of course, mesmeric drums is as essential to the music of the last 40 years as James Brown. Most ironic title: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough. There is no 'enough'.

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5

un 9,2

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5

Classic grooves, all time great album

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5

Perfection

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5

Fuck dude, how do you rank an album like this? It's so hard to isolate this album from everything that came out afterwards about Michael Jackson. There's no question that Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson were an absolute force when recording together. The first song is incredible; the album starts out at a sprint. The second song is a classic as well. From there it has a very consistent feel without being repetitive. A classic party album. It feels weird giving a known pedophile 5 stars, but here we are 5/5

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5

Phenomenal mix of funk, soul, disco and pop from the greatest performer of all time.

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5

Video show

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5

Michael Jackson Goodness. Bop after Bop

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5

Just a great album front to back. Always have loved the song “Off The Wall”

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5

Pretty damn good

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Love love love this album

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5

Absolutely stellar, what a boppin album. Besides Girlfriend, you got ya head bumping along with every track, and it's all memorable as hell. What more to say? This is THE way to breakout into stardom (as a solo act, I guess).

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5

Michael Jackson’s best album, the funk, the groove, is truly incredible. Set the tone for music going forward.

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I e joyed this album and would play it again!

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5

Young king of pop, fun album, gets you in a good mood

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5

Awesome. It does sound like all of 80s smooth jazz ripped this sound off, though.

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5

The King Don't stop til you get enough, Rock with you, It's the falling in love, Burn this disco out

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5

Bangers

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This is one of my favorite albums of ALL TIME. I'd rank it higher than Thriller. But I had to give them both 5s.

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love it

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5

Excellent early Michael before he really hit his stride. 9/10.

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5

Solid Michael Blackson produced by Quincy Jones. Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough will always be a song to grove to. Don’t sleep on the song Get On The Floor, the bass line is amazing. I even find myself enjoying the cheesier songs lime Girlfriend.

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5

Masterpiece.

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5

Highlights - Don't Stop..., Rock With You, Off The Wall, Burn This Disco Out I've always appreciated the sonic clarity of Michael Jackson's work, his ability to craft truly toe-tapping melodies, his incredible vocal range...His foray into his solo act truly got off the ground when he partnered with Quincy Jones for Off The Wall. Don't Stop.. and Rock With You require no explanation, these are assured classics. It's worth noting that this album was made for record playback in mind, as such, the eponymous Off The Wall kicks off the B-side with unsettling laughter and transitions into a solid banger with a feel-good chorus. Burning This Disco Out closes out the second side with a funk-filled send off that'll have you dancing and flipping back to Track 1 over and over.

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5

Notes.

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Hell yeah

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5

Disco-y! Interesting to see some early thriller influences too

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Pues gran ritmo, canciones que hasta la fecha suenan de vez en cuando en dodne menos las esperas. A parte del famoso single don't stop till you get enough, me gustaron off the wall y sobre todo la ondita r&b de it's the falling in love.

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5

Awesome album. Thoroughly enjoyable songs and from when before things all went wrong.

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5

It's Michael Jackson. All bangers with enough nostalgia to combat the occasional cheesy lyrics

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5

Just bangers

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5

Wünderbar 5*

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5

So much energy, his voice is unreal and brings with it incredible passion, and literally every song on the album maintains a high level of energy and positive emotion. Not just the voice but the production is near flawless.

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5

Primeira musica eh a musica do Globo Reporter!

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5

This is it. This is the one. Post-disco, the beginning (and best) of the legendary team of Michael and Quincy. Every song is great. Every hook is memorable and natural. MJ slides between endearing, exciting, and fun like no other. While he is certainly indebted to the likes of James Brown and Diana Ross, there's no debate about his being a through-and-through platinum performer. Even viewing this record with his later works in frame, Off the Wall has that mojo that never quite returned -- not that it needed to. Something that is ubiquitous tends to lose its flair, and in this case, the untouchability of OTW just adds to its legendary status. Don't stop til you get enough, Michael I'll never get enough so I'm not stopping.

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Ace

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5

It certainly makes sense how this album accelerated Michael Jackson to the stars as a solo artist. Its complex sound and catchy rhythms and baselines pair excellently with the incredible range of vocals from Jackson. I frequently listen to a lot of these songs from this album.

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5

99% of the songs on this album are total bops and make me wanna dance anytime I hear them. Amazing bass playing on both bass guitar and bass synth. I love everything about this record and only wish I was around when it initially came out to experience it. Amazing.

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5

Good one

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5

Bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass das hier mein Lieblings MJ album ist.

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5

Already heard it.

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5

Its a classic, what else would it be?

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5

I was wondering when good old MJ was gonna show up here. Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough-Oh, so thats what this song is called! I've heard it before, that familiar melody string, did not know it came from MJ tho. Rock With You-I liked the main tagline, (title of the song) Workin' Day and Night-Hyperactive kinda song. Snazzy jazzy is how I'd describe this. Get On the Floor-Funky Disco vibin. Got the foot tapping beat to it. Really feeling the disco funk genre this album's got. Off the Wall-Title track. I can definitely hear the mix of disco, funk, pop and touches of R&B in there. Cool disco? Head bopping type beat. She's Out of My Life-wait, apparently this is the actual title track. Huh. what a drastic departure from the disco pop funk tunes the past few songs have been. Feeling the Blues part of R&B real strong here. I liked it. It was different, melancholy but sweetish sad. Girlfriend-Lot more upbeat than the last one. More rhythm than blues now. It's the Falling in Love-Feeling the love (heh) for this one. It has like touches of all the genres in there with a light, poppy beat. Burn this Disco Out-I like that backing...bass? Funky fresh. Good shit. would listen to it again.

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5

Fun! Surprised I had never listened thru before.

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5

King. Of. Pop.

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5

in 1979, this was THE album. in 1980 it was STILL 'THE' Album. Everyone thought he would never top it. Well, he did. But, this is still a classic. Solid FIVE stars.

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5/5

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5

Front to back, an absolute banger of an album. I will be spinning this for many days to come!

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Va quedar injustament desplaçat pel seu següent disc, pero ell mai va sonar tan fresc, optimista i radiant com aquí. Segurament el millor disc r&b dels '70, ni un sol tema a oblidar; clares influències disco, soul, pop... Tot un clàssic

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5

Klassiker, verdient schon 5, weil es einfach auch toll durchzuhören ist!

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5

Brilliant dance pop.

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5

<3 Michael

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5

Well I'm not sure I've ever listened to a MJ album start to finish, so many bangers on this. I'm assuming MJ is now cancelled, but I do believe in separating the art from the artist and this album was very very good.

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5

I'm into soul these days and I should've dug deeper into Michael's discography.

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5

One of the greats!

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5

Probably my favorite Michael Jackson album. You can feel that he loved making these songs.

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5

Such a treat. I truly love this album.

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5

Me gusta mucho y me recuerda a mi juventud

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5

The first album randomized that I listened to more than once! The king of pop, crushing it as usual.

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5

👍👍👍👍

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5

Phenomenal

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5

A near perfect pop dunk disco album. Forever changed R&B. A timeless classic that sounds both old and modern at the same time. Has aged really really well. A super fun listen.

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Genre: Disco 5/5 I mean, good grief. Imagine 1979: a DJ slaps the new MJ record on, and spins it in its entirety for a packed dance floor. The people must’ve lost their fucking minds. MJ and Quincy Jones team up to make the blueprint for a Disco/Pop record, and a blueprint that Michael would take from himself later to make Thriller, a better album than this if you could imagine. From top to bottom, this thing is loaded with BIG hits, smooth production, tremendous playing, and amazing singing from Michael. He floats on top of everything he performs on, and this is the first major leap in his solo career that showed the listening public that he was here to stay. He may not have been The King of Pop yet, but this is damn close to anything else he made in the future. A top tier album. An essential listen.

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5

Almost a perfect album. Great music, great vocals

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5

incrível, a cara dos anos 80

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5

Entusiasmante! Dá vontade de lavar louça e mudar o mundo ao mesmo tempo. Já conhecia algumas músicas, mas ouvir novamente é como ouvir pela primeira vez.

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5

An amazing record that really shows why Michael Jackson is one of the most popular artists of all time. The level of detail put in the production of each song is quite incredible, everything sounds so clear, its beautiful.

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5

Stone cold classic!

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5

Love disco!!!

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5

Hard to listen to don’t stop ‘til you get enough without thinking about his past

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5

King of Pop starts here!

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5

Amazing album on the heels of disco. People thought he would never match the success of this album.

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5

Don't stop till you get enough already started playing in my head when I saw the album cover. Really love this album, really good energy.

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5

First two tracks (Don’t stop ‘til you get enough and Rock with you) are amazing and whole album great to listen to, classic!

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5

King of Pop - a well earned title

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5

Classic.

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5

7th May 2022 Listened in the morning. Worked from home and chilled in the evening doing moving emails. Average day. Difficult to divorce the music from the person with this one. Undoubtedly disco classic but complicated. I’m going to focus on the music with the rating.

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5

insane gott

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5

Excellent album. Whatever you think of Jackson the man in his later years, this album and Thriller are fantastic pop records.

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5

Q-era MJ is the best MJ.

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5.0 + Classic! Young Michael was undeniable. The voice, the funk, the sparkle - he gives it all generously.

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5

Phenomenal album. You can’t not move to these tracks.

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5

As polarizing as Michael Jackson may be at the moment (when is he not be such?), you cannot deny that his music has become part of our DNA. The very idea of popular culture is centered around the then-living King of Pop and three albums support that theory very much. Off the Wall is the first of those albums. Made during the height of the disco era, Off the Wall finds Michael honing and refining his skills after years of maturing under the spotlight. This album is all killer, no filler from beginning to end and it is a effective teaser for what was to come later on. If we only knew...

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amazing

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One of the first albums I remember hearing as a child and it never gets old. Fantastic 'pop' music, although the album spans a number of genres without missing a beat. The title track has been on pretty much every playlist I've made!

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5

enjoyed it so much, legendary artist, legendary music, my favorite song has to be I can't help it

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5

Quincy Jones production. Absolutely stacked with hits. I have to give it top marks even if it is a disco record.

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5

Absolute classic

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5

For my money, the best Michael Jackson album. Smooth, nonstop dance party in front; lush and smooth jams in the back… from a simpler time.

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5

The first album I ever bought. Still great.

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5

I have loved this album since I was a child when I had it on 8-track. It still holds up for me!

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5

I have been a fan of this music since it was new. Listening again, I enjoyed every song.

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5

Just can’t go wrong

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5

i dont think i’d ever listened to a full michael jackson album before this, but wow. the hits are the best, but every single song has something great about it.

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5

I think this album is really fantastic. The production is spot on, Michael Jackson really brings unmatched energy to any track he touched

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Rating: 10/10

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5

My first MJ. What a great start. I've danced to a bunch of these songs and really love the funky/disco beats. However the ballady stuff doesn't do anything for me and it does drag in the latter half. But still the highs are super high and make up for it.

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5

Perfection

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I don't care what he did - this was a classic of my youth and still makes me smile thinking about the family just loving all the magic on this

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Great!! 👍

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Off the Wall is American singer Michael Jackson's fifth album. The disco, funk, pop, and R&B album is one of Michael's most popular, and was the breakout album for his solo career after slowly moving away from The Jackson 5. This landmark release of the disco era is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008. The album is certified 9x platinum in the US and won the 1980 Grammy award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Male. Michael's enthusiastic, confident singing voice carries the funky tracks, while the disco and pop beats make you want to dance. I thoroughly enjoyed this classic album and loved listening to some of Michael's songs that I haven't heard in a while. There's no question that this is an awesome album - one of the best of all time - and one of the most memorable from Michael Jackson's collection.

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5

Get On The Floor Workin Day and Night Off The Wall

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get on the floor baseline is god

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det svänger faktiskt ganska bra.

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God med enkelte missere

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4

Danceable as fuck, never sat still during the entire listen. Feet off the ground and ears a lovin' this is amazing.

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4

good album start tbh

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4

Classic, objectively good album, but wasn't in a great mood for it that day

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4

some iconic MJ hits, good classic pop

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4

Quite alright. It's MJ so it's hard for it to be bad. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough is the obvious hit from this album.

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4

Super album van legendarische artiest

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This morning I'm listening to 'Off the Wall' by Michael Jackson. I was looking on the Internet to see where things are at with Michael being a pedophile. Do we give him a free pass? It's become difficult to continually have to separate the art from the artist. And what sort of responsibility does MJ's asshole Dad Joe have to do with how his son turned out? So this landmark album that combines all the greatest the world of music (pop, rock, disco, etc) has to offer in 1979. It's difficult to know what to do here. I guess try and listen to it - solely focusing on the music and production. The music is fun and bubbly. The ballady songs towards the end of the album has dragged it down for me quite a bit. As long as the music kept moving, I didn't have as much time to think about how creepy MJ was in real life. The last couple of songs are better and have tied up the album nicely. Takes me back to when I was a kid, and this talented artists I didn't know much about - moonwalked on the Grammys. It was literally the biggest thing to happen at the time. I miss those times and that artist. Before it all got fucked up.

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4

have not listened to a full Michael Jackson album before. some good songs for a dancin playlist on here.

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4

Classic Michael Jackson

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4

he heee¡

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4

Obviously heard this a million times, but damn, it is a good'n through and through.

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4

Another solid album from the king of pop.

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god dam, don't stop til you get enough is a 10/10 song Micheal wants you to just enjoy music and feeling free, and expresses it amazingly with an endless well of disco grooves slows down in the second half, but bangers all around

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4

Very strong start with "Don't Stop." Some work themes on this album, very RCE. Ended strong too, I liked that disco song. Overall a fun album, little to complain about.

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4

Good album. Couple borin ones.

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4

Such a good dance album, but on the tunes where the tempo slows so goes my interest. Also, how the hell did he come up with the notion to cram the words “keep on with the force don’t stop” into like two notes? Also also, that song’s about Star Wars.

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Groovy

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Un discazo pop que yo supongo que orientó más sonidos en años posteriores. Tiene todavía su influencia disco y medio funk. Además viene el súper hit "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough". Creo que lo disfruté, aunque tiene canciones dispares, por ejemplo, "She's Out Of My Life" en realidad me aburrió mucho. "Off the Wall" y "Burn This Disco Out" son otras dos que destaco de acá. No sabía que lo había producido Quincy Jones! 8/10

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4

The disco sound is definitely dated, but there are some really good songs on this album. I can't believe this was his fifth solo album. I thought it was his first.

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This album starts out with a BANGER. Having listened to this song since hearing it in Rush Hour 2 (did Chris Tucker sing it better?) I feel like I still haven’t gotten enough. But also, ever since everything came out about Michael and his proclivities, I haven’t listened to him as much so maybe I’ve had enough. It is very hard to discuss Michael without bringing up not just the many many allegations but also the way he grew up and was treated by his father. While I don’t like making excuses for others, I do like understanding why people are who they are and when looking at his life it is easy to see why he did the things he did. I have never actually listened to a Jackson album all the way through so I am excited to see where this takes me. Rock with You has a nice beat to it but I wonder who he is referring to when he talks about all night. I’m not a historian so I do not know the timeframe between this album and his ranch. This does feel like the kind of song I would have danced to at the club if I was alive back then. I am DIGGING Workin’ Day and Night, the beats that were chosen for this album are so good and his “catching of breath” or “yipping” I’m not sure what you would call it, is on point here. He says someone has him working day and night, maybe that is a reflection of the countless hours his father forced him to practice and rehearse. I’m sure after being around his dad he would be excited to get out and dance to this beat as well. Get On the Floor starts out as a great disco type song, very funky. Off the Wall speaks to me right off the bat because I was the guy who was on the wall not wanting to dance at school functions which is funny because I love to dance. Maybe if I had heard this song back then I would have been inspired to get off the wall. He says to leave the 9-5 on the shelf and just enjoy yourself which is a great message for someone like me (even though I work 8-4). This is one of my new favs of the album. Girlfriend is a weak song to me, certainly sounds nice, but for some reason I can’t picture him having girlfriend. She’s Out of My Life is the same story as before, but I won’t deny that he has pipes and sounds great on this track. It’s interesting that his album is a lot of fun dance tunes but then there are a few slow dances in there as well and ends with Burn This Disco Out for that last dance of the night. Looking at the album artwork, it’s easy to see someone who is ready to get off the wall and dance but knowing what we all know and where he ended up, it is also incredibly sad. This album was his first solo so I wonder if he struggled breaking free from his fathers grasp and struggled making this just for fear of what his father thought or how he would be treated.

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What do Jared Fogle and this album have in common? Let me tell you... "What comes first? Don't stop till you get enough". Of course I'm referring to Jared's love for delicious subway sandwiches. Nah but seriously, this was a really great album and I did enjoy it since I've never really listened to it before. I've always been a thriller guy, and by saying that, I can't say that it's better than thriller. Still good though and I'll definitely listen to it more now but, alas, I cannot betray my beloved thriller. So with every listen of off the wall, I'll listen to thriller twice.

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4

Very nice album... soul/disco balance

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Le faltó hee hee

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I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting for Michael Jackson. Still slow towards the middle, and I wouldn't want to hear most of these songs very often. A low 4

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Funk basics

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Burned out toward the end but DAMN the first few songs are absolute hottrax... could use more MJ albums in this list, anyone who has ears can enjoy this

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Michael near his peak .. definitely a recommended listen. Fun dance tunes and sentimental ballads. Not quite a 5 for me but that might be personal genre preference.

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Brilliant ! Brought back memories of the time.I want to give it 5* but then I know it’ll go straight to the top so it’s a high ****

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Hard not to enjoy at least the opening track. Quintessential music that cemented THE Michael Jackson that's most widely known, and for good reason. First side is like a non-stop dance party with MJ as the MC keeping things alive. The energy is infectious! The second side mellows out, embracing a more chilled out vibe without sacrificing too much of the fun. (Quincy Jones is on production and is a master of the craft). She's Out of My Life feels more like an obligatory ballad than an earnest entry; Gotta make the runtime quota somehow I guess. It's clear that side B is the weaker of the two, but it's definitely still solid music at the end of the day.

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L'énergie dont j'avais besoin

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Cracking disco influenced pop.

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Great album…. Too bad he’s not around

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muito champ, xibo, qunostopo, donstotiuiugeteno.

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Love it

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Classic 80's

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First time I have listened to this album in full. Several classic songs, but I'm looking forward to some of Jackson's even better albums.

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The hits are located at the beginning of the album.

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Really fun to listen to, production + instrumentals are top notch

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is this considered disco or pop

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Classic MJ, good pop album

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Pretty good for a child molester

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The start of Jackson's incredible run of albums, and one of the landmarks of the disco era besides Bad Girls and Saturday Night Fever. All tracks are bangers, thanks to Jackson's extension use of falsetto to excite the audience. The album is full of bangers due to this attribute, with the first side aiming to get listeners on the dance floor, and second feeling more like the after-party (except the closing track). Favorite tracks are, no shocker, "Don't Stop...", "Rock With You", and "Off the Wall". Maybe because I'd been rocking to them growing up. But it doesn't stop there with funky innovation sound and production as in "Girlfriend" that further define the disco era.

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Amazing energy in the start. Bit more melancholic towards the end, but still very nice. The quality of the recording is amazing. Overall really good album.

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Michael's called the king of pop for a reason.

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I knew the hits, how can you not love these cheesy ass songs.

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Classic disco era Quincy Jones genius.

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Starts waaaaaay to strongly, the album after Rock with You is not bad (HAH!) but is not as good as Don't stop til ya get enough and Rock with You. Very solid release but weaker than the later output I assume.

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Listening to older Michael Jackson albums between The Jackson 5 days and Thriller is pretty interesting

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What a great album. Eternally great songs, perfect production and vocals. I think the album is most successful when Jackson/Jones lean into the era and embrace the disco. The dance songs ("Don't Stop," "Off the Wall," "Workin' Day and Night," "Get on the Floor") are the best on the album and still considered to be classics, while the popier love songs ("Girlfriend," "It's the Falling in Love," "She's Out of My Life") fall a little flat. "Rock with You" splits the difference and is just sweet and fun to listen to. Fave songs: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, Workin' Day and Night, Get on the Floor

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4

Solid album. Bass line on Girlfriend rips.

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Ever since that documentary a few years ago, it’s been really hard for me to hear any of his songs without feeling really uneasy. That being said, it’s impossible to deny the bangers on this album.

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I've heard so many of these songs before in the background, but I've never listened to them seriously. Glad I did.

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"He could have died in 1990. We would still have Beat it and Thriller, and he would have died before being a pedophile" Rios, Ronald

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Absolute Classic MJ. I have never previously listened to this album but there were several songs that are so ubiquitous that you can't not have heard them. Funky disco vibes throughout and mellowing towards the tail end of the album. Best: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough; Rock With You Worst: It's The Falling In Love

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He is not the king of pop without reason. His sound is still pop and still fresh even after more than 30 years. Not generic pop music, but a really great mixture of jazz and soul music that is extremely catchy! I'll give it 4 stars because I know that is not the best of MJ yet, but it's a great album.

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First track banger straight off the bat! 2nd track big tune too. Yeh few bangers, class, big energy. Not as many hits as I hoped for but still mint, 4/5

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4

Great album. Of course, Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough is THE song.

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Not as great as thriller, but another killer album from Micheal Jackson. I'd say you could get away with only one of his albums, but taking this one off with so much other garbage on the list would be an insult.

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Such a strong start with Dont Stop and Rock with You, but the rest of the songs start to sound the same. Gets a 4 bc they are good and as Tom put it, some of the albums on this list are much more questionable, but really a big name artist 3.

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Pretty solid album. I hate She’s Out of My Life.

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Thriller

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Loved it, would not have chosen this to start with but glad I did. Tracks 6, 8-10 less familiar and could have also been singles. Solid quality.

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4

Excellent disco album, prefer thriller or bad but this is great

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Trying to separate the art from the artist this really is a banger

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Great ofc

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I am not an actual Michael Jackson fan, but this record is surprisingly groovy. I like it.

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Well, the album started off strong, but then it all started to sound the same. I can absolutely understand songs like "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough' and 'Rock With You' being on lists of 1001 songs you must hear, but as an entire album, it's hard to see. In fact, I noticed this first with when listening to Bad and I'm picking up on it again here, but this album also feels more consumable in pieces as opposed to trying to listen to the whole thing in one sitting. I do think that 'I can't Help It' redeems the latter half of the album, from being mostly forgettable. My tastes aside, it's undeniable that this album was massively influential on countless artists, so for that alone, I can't really bring myself to rate it below a four. In this case I think the album is great, less for what I hear in the music, then for what most people hear in the album.

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i loved off the wall

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Brought back some memories of listening to this album over and over and over again as a kid. The first half is still pretty amazing, but it falls off sharply starting at "Girlfriend". "She's Out of My Life" is ok, but is a little cheesy as well. Still solid album.

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As a kid I was a massive fan of Michael Jackson during the Thriller period, and also listened to the successor Bad quite a lot, but never gave the predecessor and break-through album Off the Wall too much attention, except maybe for the amazing opening track. Upon this revisit, I really appreciated the overall production (Quincy Jones) and execution of the songs. There are some really good, catchy, songs on here (e.g., the opening track, the title song, and I Can't Help It), but also several songs that are less captivating (e.g. Girlfriend and It's the Falling in Love). In my opinion, Thriller is still a significant step up from this album, so I'll leave it at 4 stars.

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A very magical album. Don't Stop, Rock with you, She's out of my life all wonderful. Not sure about the title track.

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It's aight. Just a Micheal Jackson album. High-quality production, pretty good. MJ isn't a personal favourite.

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This is one of those LPs that is always on your backlog somewhere to dive into "some day." And then when you do, you realize you've been listening to this album your whole life. It's full of MJ cuts that are seered into the fabric of anything R&B, funky or soul that has appeared for 40+ years after Michael Jackson burst out of the family and into the universe with this album. It's a vibe, an atmosphere. You won't get your mind blown but you're dancing and you don't care.

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Good songs with great, funky bass lines.

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All the funky dance songs are some of the best tunes of all time. All of the melancholy ballads are embarrassing. Thankfully the balance is more towards the former, but the latter really take this thing down a bit.

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starting off strong with the first song rock with you is so good never heard get on the floor but I like it! lots of classics

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Heard it all, but can appreciate how amazing it was in its day

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Early Michael Jackson - Off the Wall, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough. A couple songs sound like funky disco.

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I stopped when I got enough

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Still sounds very slick and modern. Pre vocal-tic MJ – the guy could really sing! Plus some tunes I'd never heard before that shoulda been singles. This was a surprisingly pleasing experience.

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Probably my favorite MJ album. 8/10 1. Off the Wall 2. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough 3. Workin' Day and Night

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good stuff

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The best of this album IMO: - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Rock With You - Get On the Floor - Off the Wall - I Can't Help It (the beginning made me realized that it was sampled by De La Soul for "Breakadawn"...!) A classic!! Let's dance! Let's groove! When the album ended I was like "That's it?" Needed to be longer. But it was juicy. 4.0/5

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Not quite the 5* I thought it was: forgot how much of a drag the ballads/slower songs can be in the second half. But the rest are absolute jams.

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Not as good as the more idiosyncratic Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, the shackles of motown and disco are yet to be thrown off but still one hell of debut with some absolute classics.

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Tää musta Michael Jackson on ihan jeppiskamaa. Hyvää ja menevää tanssipoppia. Rock with you on tietysti se hittibiisi, mutta muutenkin kokonaisuudessaan vahvaa suorittamista.

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Smooth. Top tracks: Burn this disco out, don’t stop til you get enough, off the wall

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Pakirala sam kofer dok sam slušala ovaj album. Neću lagat bilo je čaganja i moonwalkanja. Jako zabavan i kohezivan album na kojem se osjeća mladenački duh Michaela. Odma vidiš koliki je utjecaj imao na pop glazbu i koliko taj današnji 80's revival zvuči baš kao ovaj album. "It's the falling in love" je JAKO groovy.

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Lovely

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