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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644060027
  • Catalog Number: 40600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad (4:06)
  2. 2 The Way You Make Me Feel (4:59)
  3. 3 Speed Demon (4:01)
  4. 4 Liberian Girl (3:53)
  5. 5 Just Good Friends - Stevie Wonder (4:05)
  6. 6 Another Part Of Me (3:53)
  7. 7 Man In The Mirror (5:18)
  8. 8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You (4:10)
  9. 9 Dirty Diana (4:52)
  10. 10 Smooth Criminal (4:16)
  11. 11 Leave Me Alone (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sandra Crouch Vocals, Background Vocals
The Winans Track Performer
Siedah Garrett Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Stevens Guitar
Rose Banks Vocals, Background Vocals
Letta Mbulu Chant
Ron Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals
Maxine Anderson Vocals
Andraé Crouch Vocals, Background Vocals
Glen Ballard Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Keyboards
Bill Bottrell Guitar, Drums
Miko Brando Drums
Ollie E. Brown Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Christopher Currell Synthesizer
Nathan East Bass, Drums
Voncielle Faggett Vocals
Geary Faggett Vocals, Background Vocals
Eric Gale Guitar
Humberto Gatica Drums
Douglas Getschall Drums
Andrew Gouche Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Linda "Peaches" Green Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet
How Now Brown Cow Percussion
Francine Howard Vocals, Background Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar
Danny Hull Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jean Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Synthesizer
Michael Landau Guitar
Rhett Lawrence Synthesizer
Kevin Maloney Piano
Cornelius Mims Drums
Perry Morgan Vocals, Background Vocals
David Paich Synthesizer, Keyboards
Eric Persing Synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Alfie Silas Vocals, Background Vocals
Jimmy Smith Organ
Bruce Swedien Drums, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Randy Waldman Synthesizer
David Williams Guitar
Carvin Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
Marvin Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Winans Vocals, Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Synthesizer, Track Performer
Bill Yottrell Drums
Casey Young Synclavier
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Saxophone, Wind
John Barnes Synthesizer, Piano
Technical Credits
Siedah Garrett Composer
Michael Jackson Sound Effects, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Quincy Jones Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Andraé Crouch Vocal Arrangements
Glen Ballard Composer, rhythm arrangement
Bill Bottrell Engineer
Terry Britten Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Ken Caillat Engineer
Christopher Currell Sound Effects
Frank DiLeo Contributor
Matt Forger Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Douglas Getschall Programming
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Craig Johnson Engineer
Graham Lyle Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Brian Malouf Engineer
Cornelius Mims Programming, drum programming
Gary Olazabal Engineer
Eric Persing Programming
Greg Phillinganes Programming
Steve Porcaro Programming
Bruce Swedien Engineer
Hugo Zuccarelli Contributor
Tony Lane Art Direction
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Claudio Ordenes Engineer
Tom Jones Engineer
John Barnes Arranger, Programming, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bad is Good

    This album is all alive.The music is very dancable.You can't stop your head from moving to the beat.When I first heard the music,it got me going.What I mean is that it made me dance so much.Well,i love the album and love all the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    King of pop

    This album is a symbol of Michael Jackson's greatness! each track could stand alone as a great musical achievment and in my opinion ALL the tracks from this album could have been relesead as Singles. The album is not just a follow up 2 the amazing brilliant Thriller but also an incredible album in its own right. I aplaude MR.Jackson for this amzing album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MASTERPIECE

    WOW !!! WHAT AN ALBUM! ITS AN INCREDIBLE MASTERPIECE !! THAT GOES FOR ALL MICHAEL'S ALBUMS! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! HE'S THE MOST TALENTED PERSON EVER !!! XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Favorite To Everyone Including Kids

    I had the enfluence of my older sisters who were obsessed with Michael Jackson, during my childhood. As a reslut, my parents caught me on film dancing to the song Bad, at age 2. Around the age of 4 my older sisters recorded me singing, Bad. Then, until I was 10 years old, Bad was my all-time favorite song. After that, I moved on to Michael Jackson's Dangerous CD. I think anyone would enjoy this CD, even if you aren't an MJ fan. Both my younger and older sisters like it, I do, my parents do, my friends do... that pretty much covers all ages.. so go ahead and stick it in your shopping cart! Please, if you are a Michael Jackson fan, email me so we can chat.

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    Posted October 18, 2012

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