Bad [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. And if that wasn't evident proof that Jackson was losing touch, consider this -- the best song on the album is "Leave Me Alone" (why are all of his best songs paranoid anthems?), a tune tacked on to the end of the CD and never released as a single, apart from a weirdly claustrophobic video that, not coincidentally, was the best video from the album. [The album was later reissued with a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks and interview clips.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646607220
  • Catalog Number: 66072
  • Sales rank: 22,681

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Michael Jackson Composer, Producer
Quincy Jones Producer
Bruce Swedien Engineer
Henry Krieger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    Michael Jackson is the man this is a great album with great songs great music great Michael!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHO'S BAD?-MICHAEL IS! WHAT'S GOOD-THIS ALBUM!

    Michael shows he's got attitude in this great album. The original album came out in 1987 and had 5 number one hits "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror" (My favorite!), "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (Duet with Siedah Garrett), and "Dirty Diana". The other two hits from this album are the groovin' "Another Part Of Me" and the smashin' "Smooth Criminal" (Check out the Alien Ant Farm version of this song, which Michael reportedly loves). This is definitely one of the best albums of the 80's and of all albums.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fav mj album

    I absolutly loved this cd. Every song I thought was suburb! Michael is indeed the king of pop and the best entertainer of all time!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    truly BAD to the bone!!!!!!!!!!

    this cd is amazing. i love all the bonus tracks. i know all MJJ fan will love this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WOW!AMZING BRETHTAKING ORGNAL ASOSM

    this is the best cd ever made!and by the best singer in the world!
    Michael Jackson!king of pop! I DEFINTLY RECOMEND!MUST BUY!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bad is "BAD"

    A compliation of some of Michael Jackson's hits. Good listening. Wonderful memories.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Alba

    This is a great cd next to THRILLER. I just love him when he is singing in spanish, he sounds just great. Where can I get his BAD dvd?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!

    This is one of my favorite CD's. But then again MJ does not have any bad cd's out there. He was truly the BEST Artist Ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!!!

    This CD is truly the second best to Thriller. It shows Michael really can suceed in every album he makes. The outlook of the whole thing is great! There is not one song on here that I didn't like. Especially "Leave Me Alone". Keep up the good work MJ!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing Can Be Compared To Thriller

    Michael Jackson's "Bad" was still "Good", but doesn't stack up to the caliber of "Thriller." On the bright side it contains a few exceptional songs, including "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Bad", and "Can't Stop Loving You." This album evidently shows that Jackson is losing his touch with the songs "Dirty Diana" and "Speed Demon". These songs had too much mechanicanics in the backgrounds instead of Jackson's beautiful and fresh voice. One of the things that made "Thriller" and "Off the Wall" so great was that almost, or every, song you would want to listen to again. These are the beats you are humming to in the shower. When you think about it, if an average singer released "Bad" it would be a great CD, but for the "king of pop" this was not nearly enough. "Bad" is not a poor album. And it should still be a good purchase for Jackson's fans. The thing that people need to recognize is that this is not his best work, but he is still the "King of Pop."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    truly michael

    i really enjoy this album. this man has so much talent, it's amazing.i beleive he's a true lyricist, you're awesome, michael!!!

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