Bad [Bonus Tracks]

Bad [Bonus Tracks]

by Michael Jackson
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Bad [Bonus Tracks]

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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Release Date: 10/16/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646607220
catalogNumber: 66072

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Bad 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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