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Editors’ Notes

After Thriller's unprecedented success, Michael Jackson had the impossible task of writing and recording a follow-up. Working under incredible pressure, Jackson expanded on the sonic challenges of Off the Wall and Thriller without losing the radio-ready grooves that had made him an international star. Bad starts with the playful and funky braggadocio of the title track and the upbeat thrill of "The Way You Make Me Feel." Yet "Man in the Mirror" pokes fun at Jackson's mythological status, while "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" delivers a power ballad with a brainwashing hook worthy of MJ's self-proclaimed (and justified) title of The King of Pop. The sound of the '80s is all over this record, with enhanced beats and funky synths that made it cutting-edge in 1987. "Just Good Friends" is a classy duet with Stevie Wonder. However, it's Jackson's fantasies—"Speed Demon," "Smooth Criminal," "Dirty Diana"—that push this album over the top.

Customer Reviews


iTunes ruined this album

Were iTunes reviews always this way?

Since when were iTunes' album "reviews" based on opinions? For the longest, these reviews were basically overviews. They basically told a brief explanation or history of the album to give listeners an idea of its background. They were never really personal thoughts and opinions on the album itself, were they? If so, I don't remember that. Anyway, my point is that the review currently on this page is completely biased. It wouldn't matter if I liked the album or not - anyone can see that that review is completely biased. Instead of explaining the process/production of the album as a follow-up to Thriller, it completely bashes it and Michael Jackson's work seemingly solely based on the fact that it was the follow-up to the greatest selling album of all-time. It looks at the album as inferior to Thriller, and iTunes reviews should never do that. I'm shocked that this album was reviewed as such, because it does not give credit to everything Jackson did well whatsoever.


Whats the point. The originals are perfect the way they are. 5 Stars cause its mj


Born: August 29, 1958 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the late 20th century, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment),...
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