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@ The Album @ This excellent CD kicks off with the song the album was named after: Bad. For me personally, i think there are better songs on this album but none the less, its a great way to start. For the first minute or so, Bad has a similar repetitive around with michael jackson doing some high pitched vocals, and the usual noises he makes. The chorus has a better instrumental than in-between choruses, the use of synthesisers and frequent bass guitar plucks make a warm unique sound. Although the bad part comes at 2:32 when what seems like a V-Tech piano joins in, and plays a completely random tune out of nowhere. The way you make me feel has to be my favourite song on this CD. It starts off with with one of those SFX noises you hear at the start of news bulletins or gameshows. This is a very unique thing, and when the chorus kicks in you get a brief moment where the instrumental dies off for dramatic effect, then the music comes flooding back. It isn't much different to before the chorus but there is a quiet saxophone before the chorus is over. Speed demon starts with the sound of a 2 stroke engine and and has an excellent quiet build up. Michael uses soft lyrics before the loud chorus where the name of the song is repeated quite fast every 4 bars. I think the chorus could last a little longer but the instrumental is perfect. Liberian girl confused me slightly because at the start of the song there is just a faint animal noise followed by african lyrics and a calm wood chiming tune. Beautiful lyrics soon follow which are very soulful and talk about a beautiful Liberian girl. The female vocals keep appearing throughout the song. Just good friends is another one of my favourites. The bass guitar creates a very unique feel, and if anything reminds me of some retro 80's computer games with the short synthesiser noises. The keyboard noises throughout add a "feel good" feeling to the song, it makes it more of a happy piece of music. Another part of me is more of a funky song - a slow beat with regular keyboard noises. Michael really excels with the vocals on this one, not screaming but he does use a very high pitched voice right up until the chorus which sounds very similar to the rest of the song. I didn't like the big build up with little difference in the chorus, i was expecting much more but still a great song. Man in the mirror has possibly the most beautiful lyrics of any song. Michael sings about hypocrisy and looking in the mirror at yourself before judging other people, by making the change to yourself, and "change his ways" to make the world a better place. The song is slower than others, but the chorus is very recognisable and vocals are not without Michael's usual funny noises in-between lines. Dirty Diana starts with a spooky intro of a low bass noise and weird thumping noise. However, it does get off to a fast paced lyrical stream which michael beautifully fits into 4 bars. He regularly has to break his syllables down during the chorus though, and for me this makes it a little hard to understand. I would know he was saying "dirty Diana" if i hadn't read the song lyrics. @ Overall @ Michael was a music legend, and this album is just proof of that. Sure there are a few changes i would make but the lyrics are all very good, and particularly in man in the mirror, they have an underlying message that michael gets across with style and with an excellent instrumental to back it up. Perfect. R.I.P Michael Jackson
BAD was Michael Jacksons 7th Studio album and was released at the height of his popularity. This record came five years after Thriller (the greatest selling album of all time) so people were expecting something pretty damn good - boy did we get it! The album mixes pop, rock and RnB in the unique Jackson way. BAD is a fantastic album featuring hit after hit (10 of the 11 songs on the album were released as singles and 5 of these went to number 1 in the US - the only album ever to achieve this feat). Every song is a masterpiece in its own right any they are put together to make a legendry record. The only negative is that its not quite as good as Thriller, but how could anything? I am a Jackson fan, but I can objectively say that this is one of the best albums of all time. Lets look at the tracks... 1) BAD - The title track of the album is a classic hit. Michael Jackson is bad, really, really bad, and he wants you to know it. Funky base, catchy tune, one of the most well known songs of recent times. 2) The Way You Make Me Feel - A love song that everyone can relate to. A brilliant base line carries the song and its all about 80's harmonies on the chorus 3) Speed Demon - the weakest song on the album, but still a good tune. Jackson's vocals dominate this one. 4) Liberian Girl - A song written years before when Jackson was working on the Victory album, but remastered, it finds a place on this album. Again about love, the song is a smooth serenade. 5) Just Good Friends - A funky duet with Stevie Wonder about a girl that treats a guy mean, but keeps him keen. My personal highlight of the album. 6) Another Part of Me - thsi song is about global unity, that everyone is the same and we should love each other. Sounds like a preachy theme, but is a class song. 7) Man in the Mirror - again, one of the best known Jackson songs, about changing yourself to improve the world. Unlifting, joyous and touching. Pure genious. 8) I Just Can't Stop Loving You - another love song, gentle and sweet, a duet performed with Seidah Garrett. 9) Dirty Dianna - My second personal favourite. A gritty and passionate song where Jackson's vocals are superb and full of angst. You can feel the emotion. Last single from the album to reach no.1. 10) Smooth Criminal - So good, they made a film. The feature song from the Moonwalker Film is simply fantastic. Fast paced and edgy song about an attack on "Annie". My 3rd personal favourite. *VERDICT* Jacksons second best album after Thriller and one of the greatest albums of all time. Jackson is a master. Buy this album, Jackson fan or not.
I would say I was a fan of Michael Jackson. I love his music. Even though I'm not usually that much into pop music, I love anything sung by Michael Jackson. I definitely think it's fair to call him the King Of Pop. No one else deserves the title in my opinion and I don't think anyone else ever will deserve it as much as Michael does. I think he is amazing. I have almost all of his albums and this is one of my favourites. This album was released after Thriller, which is the biggest selling album of all time. Thriller was another exceptional album, it really was a masterpiece of an album. The only disadvantage of it really is that is was going to be so hard to follow up on. But Michael Jackson was able to do that no problem. The album was released in the late eighties. The track listing on this album goes as follows: 1. "Bad" 2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" 3. "Speed Demon" 4. "Liberian Girl" 5. "Just Good Friends" 6. "Another Part of Me" 7. "Man in the Mirror" 8. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" 9. "Dirty Diana" 10. "Smooth Criminal" 11. "Leave Me Alone" I love all of the songs on this album, I think the quality and consistency of tracks is absolutely flawless and I am seriously impressed. The songs are all really good, and I'm obviously not the only person who thinks this, as five of them reached number one. That's nearly half the tracks - so how can this not be a great album! The ones which reached number one are: Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Dirty Diana and Smooth Criminal. I Just Can't Stop Loving You is quite a slow, soft track, which feels a bit gentler than most of the other songs on the album. However it is still really catchy and one that makes you want to sing along. Michael shows off his wonderful vocals in this, with some high notes here and there that are just like 'wow'! I love how when the chorus is playing, Michael's voice comes behind it quietly doing the backing vocals which sounds really nice and is lovely to listen to. Bad is one of those songs where you just can't keep still when you're listening to it. You feel like you need to get up and start dancing, and even if you're sitting down you still have to bob your head or something along to the beat! I love the chorus, it's really catchy, "you know I'm bad, I'm bad, really, really bad!" I think everyone knows this song, and I bet most people love it! I love it and think its fantastic, I can see why the album is named after it as it's such a fantastic song! The Way You Make Me Feel is another song that really shows off Michael's amazing vocals. I love the part where his voice goes really high when he says "the way you make me feeeel!" which he does on one of the lines. Also when he says "heeeehe!" which he does at the beginning and here and there again throughout the song. The beat to this one is really good, too. It really makes you want to get up and start dancing - I can never keep still when I listen to this album! I love this song, it's another really catchy one - in fact I think all of Michael's songs are really catchy, after you've listened to them all you just can't get them out of your head for days afterwards. It's one of the reasons why he's such a fantastic artist. Dirty Diana has to be one of my favourites of all time. Slash features in this one to play the guitar. I think this is a great effect, gives the song a really rock feel to it. I love how Michael pours lots of emotion into this song, and really sings the words like he means them, it's a really exciting song, I think. Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of the best albums of all time, in my opinion, and I definitely recommend it! What else would you expect from the King Of Pop after all!
When news of Jacko death broke, the world was shocked. Inevitably his music was played on every radio station as the world grieved for the superstar. In the aftermath of his death I revisited a few of Jacko's classic albums and I rediscovered just what a genius the man was. Bad was originally released in 1987 and although there is a definite 80's sound, the songs on this album are truly timeless. Here is a rundown of the tracks that feature on this album: *** Bad *** The album opens with the title track, which has a very memorable pop intro. This song is one of Jacko's most famous offerings and has a distinct 80's vibe to it. It is rather high-pitched in places but it's an easy song to both sing and dance to. *** The Way You Make Me Feel *** Again this song has an 80's pop beat. It is an up-tempo, cheeky, fun love song that has 80's pop written all over it! This is a tune to dance around your bedroom to... or to sing along to while you're driving! *** Speed Demon *** This is a high-pitched song and you can hear the R&B undertones within it. It's a pleasant song about driving fast - don't play it in your car and take the lyrics too seriously! *** Liberian Girl *** Personally I love this song - it's quite soulful and Jacko sings it perfectly. Michael dedicated this song to his friend Elizabeth Taylor. I had forgotten how great this tune was, until I revisited the album. It's one of the forgotten gems. *** Just Good Friends *** This song is a duet between Jacko and Stevie Wonder. The song highlights the strengths of both of artists and it's a great album track. Their voices work really well together and the track has a very soulful vibe. *** Another Part of Me *** This is a very average track and it isn't very memorable. It has all the Jacko hallmarks - you can sing and dance along to it - but you will probably have forgotten it by the time you've listened to all the tracks. *** Man in the mirror *** This is a very popular and catchy song about recognising the affects your actions have on others. Michael really stretches his vocals throughout this song. It is up-tempo, catchy and easy to sing along to. However it was overplayed in the aftermath of Jacko's death, so it may take a while for you to fall back in love with this track. *** I Just Can't Stop Loving You *** Here Jacko sings with Siedah Garrett - an artist I've never heard off before. This is a typical love song, the tempo is slow and the artists' voices complement one another perfectly - they sound like they are genuinely serenading one another. *** Dirty Diana *** Personally this is my favourite Micheal Jackson tune... ever. I love the rock beats and the range within the song. The vocals quickly pick up speed and I think the song gave Jacko the ability to display his singing and dance abilities. This tune has a distinct 80s feel to it and I truly adore it. After Princess Diana's death Jackson refrained from singing this song live - as it was the Princess's favourite song. In my opinion this is an under-rated 80's classic. *** Smooth Criminal *** This song has a very fast tempo. It's difficult to understand the words because Michael sings them very quickly. The beat makes this a good song to dance along to. In some ways it's surprising that the final song on the album is so fast... it leaves you wanting more. *** Overall *** This album had a lot to live up to as it followed the hugely successful and popular Thriller album. Some would say that it doesn't compare tom Thriller, but I'd disagree because I think there are moments of genius within the Bad album. Although it has a distinct 80s vibe, Bad is a classic album that will get modern listeners singing and dancing along. If you don't already own this album then I'd say that it's definitely worth investing in. Five out of five stars.
So, 'Thriller' was considered to be Michael Jacksons best piece of work throughout his life, with estimated sales between 57-110 million copies worldwide; but was it really? Well, to me 'Bad' is by far Michael's best piece of work. Unlike almost everybody I know, I absolutely loved the transition that Michael made from the Thriller era to the Bad era in terms of music and style. I think he really grew in confidence, stage presence, dancing skills, vocal range etc. during the release of this album and the 'Bad' tour videos really reflect this. I have alot of sympathy for Michael during this era, simply because after 'Thriller' was released, he was under major media scrutiny constantly. Whether this be for the change in his appearance, the ridiculous rumours of him sleeping in oxygen chambers or for the belief that Michael was gay, people started to believe that Michael was becoming mentally unstable hence the degrading name 'Wacko Jacko' (we have The Sun newspaper to thank for that one). So in reality, Michael could have actually been losing fans at this point in his career due to media garbage. Also, the expectations for 'Bad' were extremely high and many wondered if he could actually ever outdo 'Thriller'. Some Music critics feel that releasing this album sent Michaels career on a downhill slope with no hope of return. I completely disagree, and in my opinion, he did outdo Thriller 110% and here is why. BAD: So this is the opening track to the album, for obvious reasons and it became his 2nd out of 5 number 1 hits from the album and his 7th number 1 all together. Originally, this song was meant to be a duet with the singer Prince, however he refused to duet with Michael unless he changed the first line of the song 'Your butt is mine' so the deal fell through (personally, I'm glad). The overall song is a very upbeat pop and R&B song, with regular twists of rock. Basically, the song is telling of how Michael actually is 'bad' and can fight his own battles, despite people believing he is feeble and has everyone to do things for him. The extended video for his song is a lengthy 19 minute story and Michael claims that it is based on a true story he once read about. The Way You Make Me Feel: TWYMMF was Michael's 3rd number 1 single from the Bad album and probably one of Michaels most iconic songs. I would credit the style of the song as being pop, R&B and funk. This is a very 'feel good' song (always seems to be played at parties!) with a very upbeat tempo. The song is about lusting after a woman who makes him feel something he has never felt before. The video to the song is also quite iconic, featuring the beautiful Tatiana Thumbzten. Speed Demon: Probably one of the least known tracks from a Michael Jackson album. This song was featured in Michaels 'Moonwalker' film when Michael transforms into a rabbit and starts speeding on a motorbike to escape from the paparazzi (strange, I know) hence the lyrics which talk about driving fast and being pulled over by an officer. I'd class the song as a pop rock song. This is probably one of my least favourite songs from the album. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that it doesn't really compare to the rest of the tracks on the album. Liberian Girl: Liberian Girl is my second favourite song on the album. It has a beautiful melody and Michael uses the most soothing, relaxing voice to go along with the melody. The song is apparently dedicated to Dame Elizabeth Taylor, despite her not being Liberian. The words 'Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka Piya-Mpenziwe' are sung at the beginning of the track by a lady with a very beautiful voice. The words mean 'I Love You Too-I Want You Too-My Love'. Basically the song is about Michael having strong love for a Liberian lady. A very haunting, beautiful song which isn't given enough credit. Just Good Friends: This is a great little duet with Michael and Stevie Wonder. Surprisingly, the two very different voices work together really well - Michael's quite soft feminine high pitched voice with Stevie's strong powerful voice works a treat. The song in itself is probably on the same par as Speed Demon in terms of weakness; however it is still a great song which I really enjoy listening to. What I love about this song is the bubbly pop feeling it has to it, with Stevie's grunts and Michaels hee-hee's and aowwww's! Another Part Of Me- APOM was written to go alongside the short 17 minute 3D clip that Michael made with Disney called 'Captain EO', however they remixed it and put it on the album. This is one of the lesser known songs I think, but I absolutely love it. Again, like most of Michael's songs, it has such a feel good vibe to it and puts across a great message about spreading love. It's for sure a song that grows on you over time. Michaels live performances of this song were also incredible. Man In The Mirror: Aside from 'Thriller' and 'Billie Jean', this is probably one of the songs that most people associate with Michael Jackson. This is a song that I'm sure you all know unless you have been in a coma for the past 25 years! The song puts across the message that in order to make a change to the world, we firstly have to look at ourselves and make a change. Michael, being the humanitarian that he is, donated all proceeds from this song to various charities. I'd class the genre of this song as pop/soul/gospel style music. Also, even though the song is in a way a sad, open your eyes kind of song you can't help but click your fingers or tap your feet along to the rhythm. It is a true masterpiece. I Just Can't Stop Loving You: IJCSLY is a duet with singer Siedah Garrett (she also provided backing vocals for 'Man in the Mirror'). It is a beautiful ballad which opens with a spoken intro by Michael in which he expresses his love about a woman directly to her. It then launches very softly into the song which has a beautiful, powerful love ballad style. The song was recorded in Spanish also, and even though I do not understand Spanish, it is still an incredible song to listen to because of the beauty of it. The single hit number 1 and remained in the top 40 chart for 11 weeks. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest love ballads of all time. Dirty Diana: For me, this song is one of Michael's best piece of work alone. Dirty Diana was Michael's next step into the hard rock world after 'Beat It', featuring a guitar solo by Steve Stevens and a moderate tempo of 104 beats per minute. The song is about a groupie who Michael doesn't wish to be associated with, however he finds it hard to resist her, constantly saying 'Dirty Diana, No' and pleading with her to leave him alone. The amount of emotion and effort Michael puts into the song is unreal, he seems to spit out and really emphasize his words. It has brilliant lyrics, a brilliant beat and a brilliant video which was recorded in front of a live audience. It charted at number one on the US hot 100 billboard. Genius. Smooth Criminal: Yet another iconic song of Michaels, with the video including his signature anti-gravity lean. What surprises me most is that this song barely made it on to the album because the producers didn't feel it was strong enough, and it only reached number 7 on the billboard chart! When to me, this song is a work of art. The song opens with a very dramatic, fast paced beating heart (which is actually Michaels own heartbeat) and it also has a very fast paced beat as Michael sings in the background in a very quick, sharp voice. The song is about a girl named Annie, (hence 'Annie are you ok?') who has been murdered in her apartment by a 'Smooth criminal'. This is another party favourite which is loved by almost everyone. It is without a doubt a sing and dance along song! Leave Me Alone - The ending song, Leave Me Alone, is a song written by Michael directed towards the media and the paparazzi that constantly watched his life through a scope. The song's lyrics pertain to the negative and false stories about Michael that frequently appeared in the media and tabloids since the mid 1980s, such as the rumor about Michael buying the elephant mans bones and sleeping in a hypobaric chamber. Although this is a negatively based song to end the album with, the beat is very up tempo and it is a very fun song with great lyrics! Michael really aggressively scrapes the high notes in this song in order to emphasize his message to the media, and has a deep sense of distrust and paranoia throughout the song. The animated music video to this song also won a Grammy award for best short film in 1990. Just to note, Michael also recorded a track for Bad called 'Streetwalker' which is in my top 10 favorite Michael Jackson songs. However, in the end it did not make it on to the album. In my own humble opinion, 'Streetwalker' should have been used in place of Speed Demon. If you like Michael's music then I suggest you listen to both Speed Demon and Streetwalker and see what you think. In total, the Bad album sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Even though this is a fantastic amount of sales of which some artists can only dream of, Michael himself was extremely disappointed and even stated that he went into a deep state of depression for a few months after the release simply because of the difference in sales between 'Bad' and 'Thriller'. To me, 'Bad' is an even better, funkier improved version of 'Thriller' and doesn't get the credit it deserves. If you would like to get your hands on a copy for old times sake, HMV sell this for around £8. However Ebay and Amazon have them for around £2-£4! It is a huge masterpiece from Michael, with him writing 9 out of the 11 songs on the album showing what a true artist he is. You can clearly see how much effort and dedication Michael put into this album and if you don't already own it, I highly recommend checking this album out. 'Bad' is by far my favorite album of all time.
Michael Jackson the King of Pop had been a huge household name for many years and following his hugely successful albums in Off the Wall and the record breaking Thriller his next release needed to be huge in order to cement his place at the top of the game but was the name an omen of what was to come or did this hit all the right notes? The Bad album was released following on from the huge success that was Thriller (released in 1982) and saw Jackson return with an album that had been 5 years in the waiting. Fans were still massively anticipating anything Jackson and with Bad he had decided to move over towards rock and dance in comparison to his previous offerings in the chart to incorporate a whole new audience for his music. The songs: 1. Bad 2. Way You Make Me Feel 3. Speed Demon 4. Liberian Girl 5. Just Good Friends 6. Another Part Of Me 7. Man In The Mirror 8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You 9. Dirty Diana 10. Smooth Criminal 11. Leave Me Alone For many people this was Jackson reaching the mainstream audiences with a new and polished sound that presented such amazing offerings as Smooth Criminal (nearly a track that did not make it onto the album), Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, I Just Can't Stop Loving You. These tracks hit the pop charts hard and truly made a whole new audience sit up and take notice of Jackson and his sounds and for this reason the Bad album was hugely popular with the critics and fans alike and for many it is their favourite Jackson offering. The album has some truly huge tracks as named above but the amazing thing about it all is that none of it feels like filler. The album manages to feel like a complete package that has had huge amounts of work and love put into it and for this if nothing else it is one of those albums that everyone should hear and deserves a place in the music hall of fame. If you are studying music or simply love song then this is one of those albums where you simply must listen to it through to truly appreciate it.
I had quite liked Michael Jackson's music for a while, but never got around to buying any of it, until his tragic death in 2009. Bad was Jackson's seventh studio album and was released in 1987, and eventually became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Michael co-produced the album and wrote nine of the original eleven tracks. The album is a mixture of rock and dance with some ballads thrown in. This album, released after Thriller, had a lot to live up to but I believe it is a fantastic album, depending on what mood I'm in I sometimes prefer to listen to this one. Some of the standout tracks include the title track, Bad, and the second song, Way You Make Me Feel, which is a really happy upbeat song. Both of these are really catchy and great to dance to. Smooth Criminal and Dirty Diana are harder rock songs with a very Eighties feel. I'm not usually a fan of pop ballads, but the ones included on this album are better than most, particularly Man in the Mirror which is thought-provoking. Liberian Girl is pretty catchy too. I Just Can't Stop Loving You is another standout track. On this special edition, a number of other songs are included including Streetwalker and Fly Away, which aren't my favourite songs but do add something to this album. Overall I think this is a fantastic album. Although Thriller may have the edge when it comes to the singles, I think Bad is the better album when taken as a whole. Track Listing 1. Bad 2. Way You Make Me Feel 3. Speed Demon 4. Liberian Girl 5. Just Good Friends 6. Another Part Of Me 7. Man In The Mirror 8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You 9. Dirty Diana 10. Smooth Criminal 11. Leave Me Alone 12. Street Walker 13. I Just Can't Stop Lovin' You 14. Fly Away
So how do you top 'Thriller', the most successful album of all time? Perhaps if this thought hadn't plagued Michael Jackson, we would have seen him take some of the artistic expansions that occur in his next album 'Dangerous' rather that him trying to stick to the format of Thriller. Not to say that it didn't do ridiculously well anyway as it's sold over 30 million copies and counting since it's release in 1987. 'Bad' is too accompanied by it's own string of records e.g. the first album to have 5 U.S. #1 singles and the 'Bad' tour is widely considered to be one of the most successful tours of all-time, perhaps due to the sheer scale of the venture. As for the music... 'Bad', the titular song opens up with the album - catchy, memorable and in my opinion, propelled by the elaborate accompanying music video. While it's another Jackson classic, I personally think that it's one of the weaker songs on the album but nevertheless...a number one for Jackson. However, the second song, 'The Way You Make Me Feel' is one that knocks the listener's socks off. Beautifully crafted, this pop epic has it all - strong vocals, strong backing and a cute music video. Extremely infectious, this song acts as the second number one for Jackson and deservedly so. 'Speed Demon', featured in Jackson's short-film titled 'Moonwalker' is a funky song somewhat similar to 'Off The Wall' compositions but seems to be somewhat lacking - the hook is not so instantly recognisable and is quite weak in comparison to the previous song but the song is worth noting for Jackson's impossibly high vocals. On now to 'Liberian Girl'. Ignoring the fact that the music video for this appears to be a game of spot-the-1980s-celebrity, I have a bit of a soft spot for this spot. Echoing vaguely of 'Lady In My Life', the song may appear to be weaker but in this case, I feel that less is more. The melody is simple and engaging, the vocals are silky and the instrumental is oddly soothing. One for the romantics at heart. The fifth song is the first not to have been written by Michael Jackson but is instead Terry Britten and Graham Lyle and perhaps it shows. Along with fellow Motown legend Stevie Wonder, Jackson laments about the issue of being 'Just Good Friends'. Although both vocalists are at their usual brilliance, I feel as if the two fail to gel for the verses. Nevertheless, the chorus is undeniably funky and one that certainly will stay in your head for days. Continuing with the funk, we return to the Jackson composition of 'Another Part Of Me', a song about harmony. When deciding which tracks should be included in the album, this came into competition with the upbeat 'Streetwalker' (included in the Special Edition) but instead the former was chosen because Jackson's manager Frank Dileo started to dance to it. While I think 'Streetwalker' would have been a better choice, 'Another Part of Me' is still a decent song to groove to. The next track is something so quintessentially Michael Jackson, it's difficult to believe that he never wrote it but 'Man In The Mirror' is a beautiful song preaching fraternity and togetherness. While some consider it to be too saccharine, I find the song uplifting and heartfelt and fully deserves to score the third Number One for Jackson. Combined with the stunning performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards and the fact that he donated the profits from this song to charity will mean that I shall always remember this song. 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', a duet with Siedah Garrett yields the fourth U.S. Number One, the song is a bit sappier and lacks as much charm as the previous lush ballads found on 'Thriller'. Still, as with many Jackson songs, the song is unbelievably catchy and easy to sing along to. The ninth song is the crossover pop-rock track we've been waiting for - 'Dirty Diana', a song about desperate groupies (not Diana Ross) is a brilliant track and accounts for the fifth U.S. Number One. Accompanied with an electrifying concert performance in the music video, the song is not overtly complicated and measured perfectly. Quite possibly the most famous song from 'Bad', the tenth and final track for LPS is 'Smooth Criminal'. A song suggesting a tale of rape and murder, you'd be pardoned for questioning it's suitability to the be subject of a pop song but Jackson makes it work. Famed more so for the music video which oozes of cool and impressive dance routines, 'Smooth Criminal' as a track itself stands strong with the falsetto chorus and the synthesised instrumentals (for some unknown reason). A bonus track for the C.D. listeners, 'Leave Me Alone' is undoubtedly one of the best tracks on the album and it's a shame that it was left of the vinyls in place for something like 'Speed Demon'. A song about paranoia and Jackson's anger at the media, the layering on this track is divine and the melody is once again very infectious. Combined with a brilliant and intelligent music video far ahead of its time, it's a shame that this is one of the lesser known Jackson songs. In summary, a brilliant album but not as good as it's predecessor 'Thriller' nor it's successor 'Dangerous'.
Lately (for obvious reasons), I have been digging out my old Michael Jackson abums that I haven't listened to in years - to see if they still sound as good. This one - BAD - definatley still sounds current and is full of great tracks. Bad was releaed in 1987, and was the first ever album I bought on an old tape with my pocket money. At the time, Michael was a huge star as it was before his image was wrecked with all the child abuse allegations. Also, it was before he started messing wth his face too much. Michael wrote nine of the abum tracks which does prove what a great songwriter he actually was. The tracklist is as follows: 1) Bad 2) The way you mae me feel 3) Speed Demon 4) Liberian Girl 5) Just Good Friends 6) Another part of me 7) Man in the Mirror 8) I just cant stop Loving You 9) Dirty Diana 10) Smooth Criminal 11) Leave Me Alone Out of those tracks, I consider seven of them to be classic tracks which will always sound good , even in years to come. Those tracks are: BAD - It's one of the songs that most people will associate with Jackson as it was so well known all over the world. It isa funky, catchy track wich makes you want to copy his dance moves. THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL - Is a bit less edgy than Bad, and a bit of a love/lust song wth a catchy tune and singalong lyrics. LIBERIAN GIRL - wasn't one of his most known tracks but I really love the music and his voice on this softer, gentler track. ANOTHER PART OF ME - didn't do so well in the charts in th U.K, but is one of my personal favourites. It is edgy, and I love the way he uses his vocals in this track. MAN IN THE MIRROR - Is an absolutley fantastic song. The lyrics are so well written and meaningful - and the music is catchy and cool. This will never loose it's appeal to many people. It makes me want to sing along every time I hear this one. I JUST CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU - doesn't have the wow factor that some other tracks - but is a great song never the less. DIRTY DIANA - The lyrics on this one tell a story and are superbly written by Jackson. The music is a bit rocky and goes very well with his edgier vocal style on this one. Love it. MY VERDICT So much has been written about Michael Jackson, but I really don't want to give my opinion of the man as he is just so confusing and you will never know the truth about his life. His music however, I can comment on. Bad will always remind me of my youth, and still today I enjoyed listening to this album from start to finish. Some of the tracks ie Man In The Mirror - are just so well written and will never lose that special appeal. Listen to this album from start to finish - if you haven't already.
"Bad" was the late, great Michael Jackson's seventh solo effort and saw him returning (a lengthy five-year gap) with an all-new complexion and a series of hits to continue his legacy has he attempted to support the strength of his classic "Thriller" release wit this 1987 effort, in which he was seen to bring out more classic Pop material, which took on even more elements of his past in R&B to turn more towards this after a pure Pop effort before. 1. "Bad" The album begins with the titular track from the album and it is seen to get him making massive changes as he comes through with a completely newly-revamped image and chooses to go about thing with a powerful statement as he hits at the thing with a funky of-the-time Pop song, which really defined what this phase in his career was about. **Five Stars** 2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" He keeps the momentum with this one as you see that in it he is able to show just how well he ca do things as he makes the turn towards the seductive side of his music and sings towards a girl who he is interested in and let's her know to what extent this is and just how it is affecting him and his actions as a result of clocking eyes on her. **Five Stars** 3. "Speed Demon" With this one you get a track which really fitted in with the ways that Pop was moving towards with some cold beats backing him up as he tries out the much more calculated song, which takes on the R&B style, and has him juxtaposing his newer, tougher songs with the high-pitched vocals found extensively in past albums. **Four Stars** 4. "Liberian Girl" Used most significantly as the backing to one of the most sombre 2Pac tracks ever ("Letter 2 My Unborn") this one gets the iconic singer performing to some of the coldest beats I've ever heard. It was far ahead of its time and makes the most of the amazing performance which he offers with this song. **Five Stars** 5. "Just Good Friends" This one really stands out on the album as you see that in it you have (after having performed work he had written in the past) this one has him performing in a duet with Stevie Wonder. Together the two of them make a fantastic composition which plays up to the strengths of both of the artists and has them showing how they have both gone from child stars to this point as they were still current when they dropped this cut. **Four Stars** 6. "Another Part Of Me" This was a relatively unimpressive single from the artist as you see that here he really wasn't able to live up to the hype which the others had created, but in spite of this was still able to do well as he stuck to what he was known to be strong at and kept to his typical style to come up with a tune which wasn't poor, but didn't have the impact that others did. **Four Stars** 7. "Man In The Mirror" Really the first of many socially-conscious songs from Michael and it found that with this one he would go out there to address all of the main issues which plagued the world (such as Apartheid in South Africa) and other massive problems which forced him to take the time to construct (along with a couple of others) an inspirational song for the masses. **Five Stars** 8. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Here is another duet, and in this case you find that rather than going for an established name, this one has Michael getting a fresh face in Siedah Garrett taking on the role of the guest vocalist on a rather popular tune as they do the calm production justice with an impressive effort as they work towards the ballad material. **Four Stars** 9. "Dirty Diana" This was one of the big tracks from the album and one which I really need some time to actually feel as with this one you see that in it he is seen to take on heavy influence form the Rock world as he comes with this classic Rock ballad. It is an empowering one and does its job, but it does need some time to really get into. **Four Stars** 10. "Smooth Criminal" You find that with Michael delivering one which takes on the popular production style of the time and in showing how current he was, he was about to come up with a song which got him making a impact by coming out with a powerful joint where he is seen to move on his music somewhat with this one as he gets into a jazzy and soothing dance tune. **Five Stars** 11. "Leave Me Alone" Not originally featuring in the first issue, this bonus cut found the artist addressing the massive media attention he gathered over the years here as he appears to fight back against them with a raging tune where he can't be doing with it all and would prefer to be left alone (despite claiming great loneliness) as a final bang. **Five Stars** Clearly, many had to compare this to the album before it and as "Thriller" was such a killer album, without any weak points whatsoever, this was never going to live up to the same standard, However I wouldn't say that this could be labelled as a weak one by him as he does well with it and does his best to show that he is still able to give listeners what they wants, but just not with as much impact as before.
Perhaps the most commercially famous of the King of Pop's albums, Bad was used as the soundtrack to Jacko's film Moonwalker as well as being an immense success in the charts of its own merits. My dad had this in the car on tape when I was a kid, and at one point I knew every song and the album's sequencing off by heart. The album still holds a special place for me, and the songs are all instantly recognisable for me, too. There is a good mix of tracks, here, with some being hits and others just as good but more like hidden gems than tracks that have made it onto the commercial scene. The album kicks off with Bad, the title track, one of Jacko's most famous hits, and immediately followed by a slower song, with a steady beat. Speed Demon is one of the quirkier tracks on the album, with a lot relying on instrumentals and the vocals more like urgent, snappy whispers, especially during the verses. Liberian Girl is potentially my favourite track on the album. It has a very melodic feel to it, with a haunting and memorable vibe and some gloriously relaxing singing from Jacko. Just Good Friends and Another Part Of Me are a little disappointing, a bit 'meh', and they go past without much of a care, for me. Track 7, Man In The Mirror, has that instantly recognisable start to it, and it's an absolute classic. Potentially not the first track people think of when Jackson is mentioned, it's definitely one that most would be able to attribute to him just from the first couple of chords. I Just Can't Stop Loving You is a soft and haunting ballad, much in the same vein as Liberian Girl, but it doesn't work quite as well as the latter track does, for me, whereas Dirty Diana is the complete opposite, with harsh sounds and strong vocals giving a more rough feel both in terms of the music and also the images it gives off. Smooth Criminal is one I would put in the same vein as Man In The Mirror. Iconic, yes, but people would more likely choose Thriller or Bad if asked to name a Jacko track. The album finishes on an upbeat note with Leave Me Alone, at least musically. Lyrically, it's a little negative, but still rounds the album off very well. Overall, this is a fab album. It reminds me of driving with my dad, and is one of my favourite albums. I associate this with Moonwalker and vice versa, and the music fits very well as an album and in the film. Bad is available from amazon.co.uk for £6.61 at the moment. It's well worth having, and is a ncie return to the highest quality of Jackson I believe has been seen. The earlier stuff was a bit more raw, the later stuff too preachy. This fits nicely in the middle. Track listing: 1 Bad 2 Way You Make Me Feel 3 Speed Demon 4 Liberian Girl 5 Just Good Friends 6 Another Part Of Me 7 Man In The Mirror 8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You 9 Dirty Diana 10 Smooth Criminal 11 Leave Me Alone
Another historic album that is credited for being the inspiration to many artists and people alike. This, along with Dangerous, are my personal favourites, because they touch on so many different genres and have so many fantastic tracks on them. The Billboard Top 100 Records show that Bad is the only album to date, to have five tracks as a Number 1 in the 100. Along with that record, Bad is also certified as 13x Platinum in the United Kingdom, making it Michaels best selling album in Britain, to date. Bad includes the song Smooth Criminal, which is synonimous with Michael Jackson, and has somewhat of a cult status because of its featuring in the Sega Game, Moonwalker, as well as the Music Video from the film, Moonwalker, and also the cover version from Alien Ant Farm. Bad steps away from the subjects of paranoia and the occult in Thriller, and has a more up-tempo, Rock feel to it, although there is still some of that Love Feeling that was displayed in previous albums. It isnt filled with as many well known songs as Thriller, which set a high expectation for this album. But, nobody can deny not hearing the Albums Title Track, Bad, as well as The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and, of course, Smooth Criminal. Another must have album, in my eyes, because of the legacy set by Jackson in todays musical industry. Other than that, its more suited to people who would like Up-tempo, up-beat music, with a feel good factor, and not too much of the Love stuff. Thoroughly Enjoyable.
Where do we start with this historic album? The year is 1987 and some crazy guy some of you might have heard of called Michael Jackson decides to do an album 5 years after his previous one, which it's self was a highly acknowledge masterpiece (Thriller), that turns out to revolutionise music, and continues to do so some 22 years after it's release. Thriller did what most albums wish they could do and lead to single after single after single, and each one was a huge hit, with almost ½ the original release went to #1. The album opens with the title track "Bad" which introduces you to the fast hooky pop that's contained on most the tracks in the album. A toe tapping delight that still 22 years on sounds fresh and new, almost as if it was recorded last week...well except for the fact modern pop really is crap. It captures the fast up tempo reaches of good pop better than most songs. The Way You Make Me Feel is second and although no where near bad's level it keeps the same sort of theme of fast high tempo pop that sets this album apart from soo many others. Another toe tapping brilliance of a track that really showed what "whacko" jacko was about, though lyrically not one of the better tracks. Speed demon comes next and is like liberian girl (which i'll talk about together) both feeling like filler songs to me, which is a bit of a shame, though it's harsh to penalise a pop album for having a few poor filler tracks when the rest is so brilliant. Just good friends is another I'm not a fan but it does go back to the fast pop sounds, and incorporates a bit of horn near the start. A good song but not something that stands out on an album like this. Another Part Of Me returns to the earlier tracks and is another pop masterpiece, following the formula we all know and love and having the lyrics to match lots of what makes this album one of the best albums of all time. Man in The Mirror, the longest track on the album, but not overly long, more ballady admittedly, but yes amazing, just the sort of longer song a pop album can do with, not 5 mins of crap. I cant stop loving you, is probably the softest song and it feels out of place on the album, admittedly the chorus is a decent enough hook, overall the song just seems a bit of a let down and being sandwiched between 2 of the best songs on the album doesn't help it. Dirty Diana, this is what the albums about still, fast brilliant exciting pop, easy to remember lyrics and lots of them Jackson at his best with an edgy biting song. If we had songs like this now a days...I'd listen to the radio. Smooth Criminal, does exactly what the best songs on the album does...but better, this is the song of the album, and the album could well have ended here for all I care as after this, there is noway your gonna equal it's heady heights. Pop Perfection Leave me alone is exclusive to the CD version and not on the Vinyl, and it's like the formula for a Jackson song was followed part way...but they forgot something. Overall the album is rich with up tempo pop, and has continued to sell well into it's third decade, I think that tells you everything.
While there were many who criticized Bad for not having the 'substance' of earlier releases, there was no denying the albums global success. Spawning several top ten hits all over the place, and selling millions and millions of copies during its ascendancy, the album was an undoubted commercial success. Not surprisingly, this is by far my favourite Jackson work, having that typical 80's cutting edge with plenty of synth mixed in as well. The title track was one such hit, and while having a much harder edge to it than anything Michael had done before, and despite having a very good, lengthy and high budget music video to it, was easily overshadowed by a handful of other hits in my book. One such hit, possibly my favourite is Dirty Diana which had such a dark and powerful menace to it, and was unsurprisingly backed up by another superb music video featuring live footage of the track being performed. Diana was a real rock track, which not only made room for a spiralling guitar solo, but some more melodic passages as well and the angst and passion flowed from it. Liberian Girl added another dimension to the album in the form of a 'power balled' which not only did the obvious job of contrasting the louder stuff but was a fantastic and delicate sounding number in itself. Similar in style and premises to the latter is I Just Can't Stop Loving You which is done as a duet with Siedah, who makes a valuable contribution to another gem although despite this her career never really got going. The album does have a couple of weak tracks with the main offenders being Just Good Friends and Another Part of Me. These two trade off like some of his much earlier work which sadly doesn't work in the more modern sound. However, even these two cannot spoil a truly global pop/rock phenomenon which can be thoroughly enjoyed. It's time for some hardened crotch grabbing!
Most of us know that this was the album that was preceded by the best selling album of all time, 'Thriller'. Although this sold considerably less than that very album, it still remains a huge seller and it made a big impact, becoming the only album to produce five No.1 hits. The albums opening tracks, being the No.1 hits, 'Bad' and, 'The Way You Make Me Feel', pave the way for what is, an elaborate and near-genius piece of work. With the next tracks being argubly most forgettable tracks of the album, until we reach, 'Just Good Friends' and, 'Another Part Of Me', we then get to the next masterpiece, 'Man In The Mirror'. Whilst becoming a further No.1, the hit is perhaps the artists most critically acclaimed track of the album. 'Dirty Diana', the monster hit 'Smooth Criminal' and 'Leave Me Alone' close the album, to what is, one of the greatest albums ever produced. Beihng released over twenty years ago, it would be worth-while to search for an edition that goes beyond the original 11 track album, as it has been remastered and re-issused many times since.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Way You Make Me Feel
3 Speed Demon
4 Liberian Girl
5 Just Good Friends
6 Another Part Of Me
7 Man In The Mirror
8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You
9 Dirty Diana
10 Smooth Criminal
11 Leave Me Alone